Donald Stroh, 88, of Champaign, passed away at 6:17 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at Carle Foundation Hospital.
He was born Feb.27, 1926, in Peach Orchard Twp., Ill., the son of Adolph Julius and Olga Marie Stroh. He was preceded in death by his partner, Nancy Lindell. He is survived by a sister, Dorothy Lage, of Gibson City, Ill.
The youngest of eight children, he grew up on farms in the Anchor area. He farmed with his brothers and father until he went in the Army. He always had a great interest in how things went together and/or worked which sparked interest in childhood projects and a future career as a mechanic.
Don served in the Army from 1953-1955 as a mechanic. He was stationed for part of his tour in Germany where he tried to visit places from which his mother and grandparents had come.
Don worked as a car/truck mechanic most of his adult life, both self-employed and at The Pit Stop, Santos’ Subaru, L&L Imports, and Hedricks’s. Even after his retirement he worked on cars (including renovations of an MG-B) and as he grew older he worked on lawn mower and tiller engines.
He enjoyed getting together with family and friends, old TV re-runs of Gunsmoke, MASH and The Twilight Zone and his cats. He will be remembered as a kind, gentle man.
A memorial service for Don will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign. Attendees are invited to share reminiscences and stories about themselves and Don.
A private interment will be at a later date.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Champaign County Humane Society, 1911 E. Main, Urbana, IL 61801.
Online condolences may be offered at www.HeathandVaughn.com.