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Walter James Strode

July 10, 1935 May 9, 2016
Walter James Strode
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Obituary for Walter James Strode

Peoria – Walter James Strode, 80, of Peoria passed away at 10:38 p.m., Monday, May 9, 2016, at UnityPoint Health – Proctor.

Walter was born on July 10, 1935, in South Dakota, to the late Silas and Ruby (Elie) Strode. He was married for 50 years to his wife Sally and she survives.

He is also survived by their two children, Suzanne (Jeffrey) Heinzmann of Fishers, Ind., and Steven (Julie) Strode of Village of Lakewood, Ill.; four grandchildren, Carter, Abigail, Katherine, and Anne; and one brother, Silas Strode of Peoria, Ariz.

His brother, Duane Strode, preceded him in death.

Walter was thought of as a gentle man. His meticulous, hard-working nature and devotion to his family defined his life. Walt led a life of service to his family, community and country.

Fortunate enough to turn his passion into his profession, Walt, along with his brother, owned and operated Strode Music Company for 62 years. While running a successful small business, Walt made a point to attend his children’s special events. His family was a priority and later in life spending time with his grandchildren brought him much joy. He loved travel and spending time in both Vermont and Florida with family and friends.

Walt believed in giving back to his community and country. He was a member of the Musician’s Union and the Southwest Kiwanis Club. Friends and business associates knew each year where to purchase their Kiwanis cheese. He believed in serving his country and retired as a major in the Air National Guard. He was committed to making a difference in everything that he did.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 13, 2016, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, 2416 N. North Street, Peoria, Ill., 61604. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, 2016, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6001 North University Street, Peoria, IL 61614. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the service. Fr. Dustin Schultz will officiate and burial of ashes will be held in the Sarasota National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made by referencing in Walter Strode’s memory to the Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Enrichment Fund at the University of Iowa Foundation.

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5:00 PM 5/13/2016 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 5/13/2016 7:00:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N North St
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N North St Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Mass




11:00 AM 5/14/2016 11:00:00 AM
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church

6001 N University St
Peoria, IL 61614

Visitation one hour prior

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
6001 N University St Peoria 61614 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences Enrichment Fund at the University of Iowa Foundation


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