Martin Strebel, 99, of Kilmarnock, formerly of Salem and Deltaville, died peacefully on Monday, November 9, 2009, just two days shy of his 100th birthday.
He was the widower of Mary Zajko Strebel, to whom he was married for over 70 years. He was also predeceased by a daughter, Carole Lee Kuhn; and by three brothers and two sisters.
“Marty” is survived by his sons, Bruce Martin Strebel and his wife Jacqueline of White Stone; and Gary Eugene Strebel and his wife Jane of Altavista; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Elizabeth Molter of Ashland; and several nieces and nephews.
After operating a dairy and beef farm for many years in Boyce, he and his wife settled in Deltaville where they built Norview Marina and were members of Clarksbury United Methodist Church in Hardyville. They later retired to Richfield Retirement Community in Salem where they were members of Locust Grove United Methodist Church. In his final years he lived in Commonwealth Assisted Living in Kilmarnock.
He was a gracious, kind and generous man who will be lovingly missed by his family and friends. The family will receive friends at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda, on Saturday, November 21, beginning at 11 a.m. Immediately following the visitation, funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. with the Rev. Janine Howard officiating. A reception will be held afterward at the home of Bruce and Jacqueline Strebel. Entombment will be at 2 p.m. Monday, November 23, in Sherwood Memorial Park, Salem, with the Rev. Benjamin Lockhart officiating.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions may consider the Kilmarnock Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 333, Kilmarnock, VA 22482, or a charity of one’s choice.