Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory

Charles George Strouse

6/3/1946 - 4/7/2017

PEORIA ~ Charles "Chuck" George Strouse 70, of Peoria, Illinois, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017.

 
He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, veteran, friend, and so much more! 
 
Chuck was a proud veteran of the Vietnam War and he continued his service as a reservist in The United States Navy upon returning home from active duty. He was an active volunteer with the Pow/Mia Association of Peoria Illinois. 
 
With over 35 years at Caterpillar, Chuck worked hard to provide for his family, retiring from CAT in 2004.
 
He had many loves and interests including dancing, music, fishing, mushroom hunting, playing pool, riding motorcycles, being outdoors, taking care of animals, photography, Nascar, working on cars, gardening, and cooking.
 
Anyone who met Chuck would tell you how excellent his sense of humor was. That is a trait he passed on to all of his family, Including his wit and sarcasm. He tried to find humor in all things except when he flipped his boat in Banner Marsh and lost all of his fishing equipment in the water!
 
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ruth Grafelman Strouse; his children Autem (Harold) Moya, Torra'e Burnett, Tonia (Eric) Williams, Chris Strouse, Buddah Strouse, and Brian Strouse. 
 
Chuck's greatest pride was his grandchildren Gabreyl Miranda, Tabitha and Antonio Dominguez, John (Brandi), Renee (Jimmy Brown), Chaz  Burnett (Taylor Irons), Jami and Allison Williams, Breann, Andrew, and Trevor Strouse; and great-grandchildren Gabriel, JT, Kendra, Noah, Mason, and Corey. 
 
His surviving siblings are Sharon Carter, Melva (Paul) Eldridge, and Bob (Luann) Strouse.
 
He was preceded in death by one child; a great-grandson Lukas Burnett; two brothers, one sister, and his first wife Kay Shelton. 
 
The family requests friends to join them for a visitation on Friday, April 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, Illinois. Military honors and a 21 gun salute will take place at 7 p.m.