Larry Strebeck

Larry Strebeck

MAHOMET – A celebration of life memorial service for Larry Lee "Louie" Strebeck will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at First Christian Church, 112 W. 12th St., Gibson City.

Larry, 66, was from Mahomet, and formerly of Gibson City and Paxton. Pastor Ed Taylor will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to services at the church.

Louie passed away Wednesday morning (Jan. 9, 2013) at home after a long, hard-fought battle against brain cancer.

He was born Aug. 1, 1946, in Bloomington, a son of Rick and Leta Wilson Strebeck. He married Devra Foster in 1978. They have two daughters, Aaryn Strebeck and Cally Strebeck of Mahomet, and two grandchildren, Rivyr and Mason.

Larry is also survived by two brothers, Richard Strebeck and Fred (Joyce) Strebeck, all of Gibson City; and four sisters, Georgeanna (Jack) Rainwater of Broken Arrow, Okla., Grace Thorndyke of Gibson City, Patricia (Gordon) Essington of Cabery and Susie Strebeck of St. Louis, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers (Robert and Charlie).

Larry was in Vietnam in 1966 as a member of the Army's 1st CAV Division. Among many commendations, Larry also received a Purple Heart. He had been a longtime member of the Gibson City VFW and American Legion.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the doctors and staff at the Danville VA and Indianapolis VA Medical Center. We would also like to say a special thank you to Alpha Care and Carle Hospice Group.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, contributions can be made to the Larry "Louie" Strebeck Memorial Fund at any Busey Bank.

Louie loved to dance (he was smooth as silk), loved to fish, to be out in nature, and to grow flowers. He didn't know the meaning of the word stranger and people were drawn to his infectious smile and easy humor. Louie was blessed with many good friends. He will be greatly missed.

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