THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Joseph W. Streidl
Joseph William "Bill" Streidl, 83, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Houston Northwest Medical Center after a short series of illnesses.
Born March 31, 1930 in Menominee, Mi., to John and Caroline Streidl, he graduated from Menominee High School in 1948 and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. degree in Wood Technology in 1952. He volunteered for the United States Army, where he served in the Korean War and achieved the rank of Captain. After returning from Korea, he completed his MBA at the University of Michigan in 1955 and began working at the Fiber City Paper Mill in Manistee, Mi. There he met his future wife, Mary Ellen Zimmerman and they were married April 12, 1958. They moved to Grand Rapids, Mi., where Deborah, Pamela, and Kathleen were born. He rose through the management ranks at Packaging Corp. of America and moved his family to Glenview, Ill., in 1963. They had four more children, Theresa, William, Kristin and Carolyn. In January of 1976 he was promoted to Tenneco Inc. headquarters in Houston and after 35 years service, he retired from Tenneco in 1990. He continued to consult for Tenneco, John Deere Dealers Association and various universities and companies for several years. He served on the Westador Municipal Utility District and Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services board which he was passionate about until his passing.
A devout Catholic, long-standing, respected member of St. Edwards Faith Community in Spring, Tx, he was a true "do-it-yourselfer," and taught his family the virtues of self sufficiency and frugality. He traveled globally, and was known for his "small world" encounters wherever he went. He was also the de-facto family historian and genealogist, was very knowledgeable, well read, served as a confidant to his family and friends and was a kind, respectful man, slow to anger and quick to forgive.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Ellen; seven children; seven in-laws and 14 grandchildren.
Burial was on Monday, Jan. 13 at the Houston National Veteran Cemetery. Donations can be made in his memory to The CCEMS Scholarship Fund, Cypress Creek EMS, 7111 Five Forks Dr., Spring, Tx. 77379. which is being developed in his name to memorialize his contributions.