Floyd Strong, age 84, of the town of Greenbush, passed away unexpectedly on his 84th birthday Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, while at home in his favorite chair.

Floyd was born Jan. 31, 1929, in Woodlawn, town of Nashville, Wis., a son of the late Henry and Della Swim Strong, raised by his mother and beloved late stepfather, Alex Strong.

He attended school in Polar, Wis., and moved to White Lake graduating from White Lake High School in 1947.

Floyd served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1948-52.

On Aug. 20, 1955, he married Bernadine Piper at St. Fridolin Catholic Church in Glenbeulah. The couple have resided in Greenbush for the last 46 years.

Floyd was a self-employed mink farmer and a captain at the Kettle Moraine Correctional Institute for many years, retiring in 1988.

He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Elkhart Lake.

He belonged to the Greenbush American Legion Post #261, serving in all the offices, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus #1789 in Plymouth. He was also a longtime member of Green/Glen Lions Club. It was important that these organizations stay viable that he built two grills/ chicken rotisseries for fundraisers and was at every event grilling brats or roasting chicken.

Floyd was an avid fisherman –he loved fishing with sons and grandsons. His favorite “fishing holes” were at the family cottage in Door County and “up north” in White Lake. He also enjoyed golfing, woodworking and was a sports enthusiast. Floyd was a regular at his grandchildren’s sporting events, school events, and dance recitals. He rarely missed having breakfast with his breakfast buddies. But most of all, he loved his family.

Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years, Bernadine, town of Greenbush; seven children: Kate (Al) Vitale of Oostburg, Patty (Tom) Mauer of Gibbsville, Mary (Jim) Eick of Plymouth, Mike Strong (special friend, Wendy) of Chilton, Dick (Sunday) Strong of Plymouth, Suzy (Patrick) Gossage of Green Bay and Kris (Todd) Daehnert of Sheboygan; 13 grandchildren: Justin (Anita) Kohlhagen, Jake (Nycol) Kohlhagen, Steven and Patrick Mauer, Lee (Christy) Eick, Joe Eick, Brian (Ashley) Eick, Caleb and Hayley Strong, Cody and Spencer Strong and Alex and Brooke Gilbert; four great-grandchildren: Axl, Isabella, Grant and Arianna, and two great-grandchildren on the way; two sisters, Jackie (John) Nickolai and Judy (Jim) Popelka, both of White Lake; two sistersin law, Loretta Strong of White Lake and Mary Nelson of Arizona; and one brotherin law, Tom Piper of Florida. Floyd is survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Alex Strong; one brother, Walter; one brother-in-law, Terry Piper; and his father- and mother-in-law, Bernard and Frances Piper.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday evening, Feb. 5, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Elkhart Lake. Father Dan Volkert, pastor of the church, officiated Burial took place in St. Thomas Aquinas South Cemetery in Greenbush.

The Greenbush American Legion Post #261 conducted military rites at church following the Mass on Tuesday evening.

A memorial fund is being established in Floyd’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving his family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.

The family would like to send special thanks to Officer Jeremy Boxrucker for all his patience and compassion and to the Glenbeulah First Responders and Plymouth Ambulance Service for the wonderful care Dad received.

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