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Allan M. Stranz, Jr.
Allan Matthew Stranz, Jr., passed away Nov. 4 at Bellin Hospital-Oconto.
Born July 4, 1930 in Beech Grove, Marion County, Ind., to Allan Matthew and Mary Leota (Thrine) Stranz, he attended St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in Indianapolis, Ind., then moved with his parents to Crandon in 1943 and graduated from Crandon High School in 1948. He graduated from the UW-Madison School of Pharmacy in 1952.
He married Jeanne Alice Sturzl on Oct. 5, 1950. After working in Tomahawk, Eagle River and Racine, the family moved to Oconto, where he was employed at Ford Drug Store and later Schultz Drug Store. The couple then purchased Schultz Drug Store in 1964 and operated it as Stranz Drug Store until 1979 when they sold it to Bill Clement. The couple then moved back to Crandon where he was employed at Linderud Pharmacy.
The couple were active members of the Oconto Gun Club for the Stranz Drug Store team. He enjoyed model airplanes, model trains, gun collecting, jazz and big band music. A cornet player, he performed with the Oconto City Band and was also a member of the Black Bear Sportsmens Club in Crandon, going to national pistol finals in Camp Perry, Oh. in 1992 and 1993.
He loved dogs, was a strong supporter of the Humane Society, a lifetime member of the NRA and the American Pharmaceutical Association. The couple owned and operated a Christmas Tree Farm in Popple River and earned Tree Farmer of the Year awards.
He enjoyed walking through the woods, showing off his trees, playing practical jokes and card and magic tricks, and as a child in Indianapolis, was called on stage by Blackstone the Magician to be his assistant. He also attended the Indy 500 as a child, then went back later with John, Steve and Ken, not remembering it being so loud back then.
He was an expert yo-yo-ist, could wiggle his ears, liked a good bar burger, shooting pool, Chevy trucks and whatever beer was the cheapest. He had a unique sense of humor and passed on his gift of sarcasm to future generations.
Due to health issues in 2007, the couple moved back to Oconto to be closer to their children. His wife, Jeanne, passed away on June 8, 2011.
Surviving are his children, Al (Jan) Stranz; John (Lois) Stranz; Shelley (Jeff) Zahm; Steve (Gail) Stranz; Karen (Ken) Behnke; a son-in-law David Wagner; 20 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; In-laws, Shirley VanCleve; Frank (Sheila) Sturzl and Kathy Sturzl.
Besides his wife, Jeanne, he was preceded in death by a son, Gerald James; a daughter, Patricia Dawn Wagner and two great-grandchildren, Emma and Emily Wagner.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, from 9 a.m. until time of Memorial Services at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, with Deacon Walter Kaszynski officiating.