A service to celebrate his life will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Koning Chapel at Ridgecrest Village, 4130 Northwest Blvd., Davenport. The family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Koning Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ridgecrest Village or Asbury United Methodist Church of Bettendorf, where he was a member.
Earl was born June 9, 1919, in Rock Island, to Earl L. and Hazel (Eckhardt) Strupp. He graduated from Rock Island High School and served his country with the U.S. Navy Seabees in the South Pacific during World War II.
He married Julia Ann Vaughan in Rock Island on June 20, 1942, and they were the proud parents of five children. Julie preceded him in death on June 27, 1978.
Earl retired in 1981 as general supervisor of tooling and machine repair at John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline after 34 years of faithful service.
He married Mary Ellen Burket in Bettendorf on June 12, 1982, at Asbury United Methodist Church of Bettendorf and became a member there. Earl and Mary Ellen enjoyed biking, hiking and traveling.
Earl loved the wood shop at Ridgecrest, big-band music and classic westerns, especially those starring John Wayne. He will be missed by many friends in the Quad-City Bike Club, Toastmasters, Kiwanis, the Blackhawk Hiking Club, the YMCA and the Valley Sports Car Club of America whose membership he treasured for more than 50 years.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Mary Ellen; his daughters, Kristine (Tony) Anthony, of Camden, Ark., Hazel Branscom, of Muskogee, Okla., and Betty (Don) Shellebarger, of Milan; his sons, Earl L Strupp Jr., of Rock Island, and Steven (Bev) Strupp, of East Moline; his stepdaughters, Marsha (Harry) Wells, of Northbrook, Karen (Peter) Byrne, of Washington, D.C., and Mary Lou (Frank Howes) Burket, of Minneapolis, Minn.; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and wonderful friends.
In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn Pealstrom; and his brother, Col. Bob Strupp.
Condolences may be expressed to the family by viewing Earl's obituary at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com.
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