In Memory of

Rex 'Tom' Strahmann

November 16, 1931 - December 9, 2012
On Sunday, December 9th, 2012, Rex Thomas Strahmann reunited with our heavenly Father. Rex, who was affectionately known to most people as Tom, was the son of William and Mary Strahmann. Tom was a quiet, gentle man full of honor, integrity and courage right to the end. Tom was born November 16, 1931, on a farm by Paullina, Iowa, where his Aunt Lil, a nurse, brought him into the world. When Tom was a year old, the family moved south of Sutherland, Iowa, and attended country school for one year until his parents bought a farm adjacent to Larrabee, Iowa in 1940. Tom graduated in 1948 from Larrabee High School where he spent his time helping on the family farm and playing baseball, basketball and track. Following graduation, he worked in the Co-op Service Station in Larrabee until he was drafted into the Korean Conflict. He served from 1952 to 1954 in the Army 2nd Infantry Division. After coming home, he farmed for seven years. In 1962, he worked in the construction trade. He then attended the National School of Meat Cutting in Toledo, Ohio. Tom was a meat cutter in Marcus and Pocahontas, but most of his career was spent at the Cherokee packing plant as a USDA Federal Meat Inspector. He worked there for 30 years and retired in 1994. After retirement Tom and Rosa became 'snowbirds', spending their winters in Padre Island, Texas. Tom's most important jobs and the ones he loved the most were being a husband, father, grandfather and friend. Tom was married to Rosa (Brown) Ford, the love of his life, on December 28, 1963. With this union they were blessed with seven children. Tom loved traveling, especially to visit family in Cheyenne, Colorado, Alaska, Maine and Panama. He was an avid sports fan, following the Cherokee Braves, Iowa Hawkeyes, Texas Spurs and the Colorado Rockies. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and his early morning coffee with friends. Tom was a member of the Knights of Columbus, VFW, the American Legion, and Immaculate Conception Church. He passed away at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center on Sunday, December 9, 2012, at the age of 81. Rex Thomas Strahmann was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ronald Ford; two brothers, Billy and Bernie; three brothers-in-law, Jim Brown, Mike Brown and Dick Brennan; one sister-in-law, Leonora Strahmann; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Anna and Victor Brown. He is survived by his wife Rosa; his children, Loretta (Al) Alver, Don Ford, Judi Bolder, Rita (Jeff) Tuttle, Gary (Lora) Strahmann, and Mary (Ed) Schwaigert; ten grandchildren: Heather, Jessica, Jeanele, Jamie, Jim, Danny, Zachiary, Crystal, Billy and Sarah; ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; two sisters, Margaret Nazaryk and Jean Brennan; one brother, Gerald Strahmann; three brothers-in-law, Milt Nazaryk, Darrell Brown and Tom Nauman; three sisters-in-law, Nina Strahmann, Cindy Strahmann and Rita Nauman; his very close cousins, Verlee and Harlee Strahmann, and close friends, Dick Mansfield and Alan Zitzlsperger, along with many other relatives and family friends. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, THE FAMILY HAS ESTABLISHED A MEMORIAL FUND IN TOM'S NAME.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, December 14, 2012 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Ed Schwaigert Gary Strahmann Jim Ford Dan Ford Crystal Schwaigert Zachiary Schwaigert
Visitation will begin at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Thursday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a 7:00 P.M. prayer services Thursday night followed by a K of C Rosary at the funeral home.
Organist- Charlotte Groves Vocalists- I.C. Funeral Choir
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa Military services will be provided by the V.F.W. L.A. Wescott Post 2253 of Cherokee.


Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Rosa and family,
Sending my thoughts and prayers to you during this time of sadness, loss and heartache. No words can bring Tom back, but he is in your heart and memories to cherish. He was a good man Rosa.
- Brenda Beck-Fulling
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“To the Family of Tom Strahman. Me and my family are so very sorry for your loss. You do not know us but My name is Shelly Tonner (knight) I am Don Tonners Daughter . I live in Tampa, Florida with my husband Dale and my sons Ryan and Christian. pa, Florida. ”
- Shelly Marie Tonner (Knight)
Friday, December 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of Tom's passing Rosa. I hope that your memories of the times you spent together will help sustain you in the days ahead and I pray that God gives you peace like only He can give. ”
- Lori Lochner
Friday, December 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“To Rosa and the family--Our sympathy goes out to you on Tom's death. We got to know him well when he was a customer of ours at the Cherokee Bowl, and when he came up to the Lakes with his buddies. He was a nice person and well-liked. Please accept our condolences..”
- Dale & Helen Sturgeon
Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Aunt Rosa,Mary,Gary,and The Rest Of The Strahmann Family, We are Sadden to hear of Uncle Toms passing. We are thinking of you. Tom was a Great person. I will always have and remember the Great Memories of Uncle Tom. May God Bless you. Sorry we couldnt make it to Toms funeral. Are Thoughts and Prayers are with you. LOTS of LOVE and HUGS. ”
- Joe & Paula Strahmann
Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Thinking of you Rosa.hugs from me to you”
- Sandi
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Rosa and family: we are sadden to hear of Tom's passing, our sincere condolences to you and your family. He was such a kind and caring man and he will be missed by all who knew him. God Bless.”
- Chuck Clark
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Rosa, Mary and Family,
Thinking of you at this difficult time. May God give you comfort and may the memories of your loved one always be held close to your heart.”
- Steve Goodburn
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“I am sorry to hear of Toms passing he was great to work with and always good to see when we would run into each other condolences to all Harry Burkhardt and family.”
- Harry,Rita,Michael and Ashley Burkhardt
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“ To Rosa and family Thinking and praying for you at this hard time for your family. Tom was a wonderful person”
- Harold and Connie Johnson
Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“We are sorry to hear for your loss of Tom he was a great guy and always talked to us everytime we seen you guys at Family Table.Our prayers are with all of you.”
- Larry and Melissa Eberly
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