Akkerman-Ingebrand • Mora, MN

Rock-Ingebrand • Braham, MN

Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

Braham, MN • 320-396-2121



Wilbert Strelow, of Cambridge, formerly of Grasston, died on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 at Grace Point Crossing East in Cambridge, MN. He was 87 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am. on Friday, October 2, 2015 at the Stanchfield Baptist Church.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be on Thursday, October 1st from 5-7 pm. at Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Friday .

MEMORIALS to the Children’s Shelter of Cebu City, Philippines.

Wilbert R. Strelow went to be with the Lord, Friday September 25, 2015 at GracePointe Crossings East after dealing with a stroke in 2011 and Parkinsons disease. He was 87 years old.

He was born June 1, 1928 at Hibbing, MN, the fourth child, of Henry and Mabel (Walberg) Strelow.  The family moved to Greeley and finally settled on the farm northwest of Braham.   Wilbert attended the Rice Lake country school and graduated from Braham High School in 1946.  He completed a Mechanical Drafting course at Pine Tech from 1969-1970.

On September 27, 1952 he married the love of his life, Charlotte Sawyer, at Fish Lake Chapel, rural Mora.  The start of family was soon to follow.  Son Bruce was born in 1953 with Bradd and Barry a few years later completing the ‘My Three Sons’ family.  Family and relationships were always a priority for Bert.   Free time revolved around outings, events and activities with siblings, cousins, church friends, neighbors and helping those who needed someone handy.
Bert lived for his Lord and will be remembered as a peacemaker, gentle, patient and one with a servant heart.  He loved and served his family well.  Bert was active in his church, serving as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, youth and AWANA leader, choir and quartet member.  His heart of service was extended to the community as well.  He served the City of Grasston as mayor, council member, volunteer fire chief, watchman and maintained city services with the help of several other men from the community.  He and Charlotte coordinated Grasston Senior Dining several years.

Bert enjoyed being with family, Gospel quartet music, camping, fishing, deer hunting, baseball, motorcycles, and auto racing.   In retirement he enjoyed being Mr. Fixit for those who needed it and spent extensive time in that role at several Bible camps. 
Agriculture and farming were always part of his vocation.  Working in a creamery, being a milk hauler, farmhand, partsman for Dahlman Mfg and farm implement dealerships kept him close to his farming roots.  Bert had an uncanny ability to recall numbers and mechanical detail.   Throughout his +35yrs as a partsman he could recite part numbers and machinery model numbers off the top of his head.

 He was preceded in death by parents; brothers, Kenneth (Norma) and George (Patricia); sister Virginia Smith; and granddaughter Julie Strelow.
Bert is survived by his wife of 63 years, Charlotte; sons, Bruce (Annie) Strelow of Spokane, WA; Bradd (Brenda) Strelow of Cannon Falls MN; and Barry (Nancy) Strelow of Carver, MN.  Grandchildren, Kevin (Tina) Strelow, Cori Strelow, Kalie (Travis) Turgeon, Reid (Alexandra) Strelow, Jordan (Tiffany) Strelow, Joseph (fiancé Melissa) Strelow, Bryan Strelow, Erlyn Strelow, and Erwin Strelow.  Great grandchildren, Dakota and Brayden Strelow; Addyson and Kellen Turgeon; Gus, Tell and Blaze Strelow. Sister Lucille Rodin; and brother-in-law Glen Sawyer and family.  Many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

10 thoughts on “WILBERT STRELOW”

  1. My deepest sympathy to you all. What wonderful memories I have of school days , being neighbors and friends. I am holding you all in my heart and prayers.


  2. Aunt Charlotte, Bruce, Bradd, and Barry-
    My deepest sympathy to you. I loved Uncle Wilbert so much and have really warm memories in my heart of times spent with him and your family. Please know that my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
    Love, Robin

  3. I am so very sorry for your loss. My sympathy to you and your family. I always liked seeing the two you you together, you were a beautiful couple. May the Lord grant you comfort in your loss and the opportunity to treasure your memories. Ruth Hagfors

  4. I offer my sincere condolences for your loss. Wilbert was instrumental in so many lives and will be missed. It is at times like this when it is best to find comfort in the words found at Acts 24:15. Please stay strong and stick ever closer to your family. Once again, please accept my sincere condolences.

  5. For years as a teenager, Bert and Charlotte were there to help me get to church at Grasston Baptist, and I’ve looked forward to seeing them at Royalton Cemetery each Memorial weekend. Bert was such a Big Man, in every way. He’s skipping around in heaven now. Our warmest condolences.
    Justin and Jodi

  6. My deepest sympathy to the whole family. So many fond memories of Bert from the good old days in Grasston! You will all be in my thoughts and prayers in the days to come.

  7. Charlotte,
    So sorry to hear of Wilberts passing! Reading his obituary he sounded like a amazing man… Didn’t get to know the two of you very well, but do remember times at the cabin with you…

  8. Bert was such a good friend of the Healy family. He kept Lindisfarne running for many years by always being there to fix anything that went wrong. I don’t suppose they need things fixed in Heaven, but Bert will have a great time there anyway.

  9. Aunt Charlotte, Bruce, Bradd and Barry,

    I am so very sorry for you loss. My deepest sympathies are with you all. Uncle Bert was a very special person.
    I will miss seeing him at the cabin. God bless all of you.

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