Darwin David Strobel, 68, Fallon, died in Billings Sept. 12, 2012 following a courageous nine-year struggle with lymphoma and most recently mylodysplastic syndrome, a rare form of leukemia.
He was born in Terry, Mont,, Oct. 28, 1943, the son of Ludwig and Emma (Opp) Strobel. He grew up on the family place south of Fallon, attending Fallon Grade School and graduating from Terry High School with the Class of 1962. He attended Northern Montana College, Havre, taking classes helpful in the farm/ranch operation. He and Darlene L. Praast, Greenough, Montana were married August 8, 1970 at First Presbyterian Church, Missoula. They farmed and ranched on the home place south of Fallon, raising winter wheat, small grains and red Angus cattle. He had a knack for repairing machinery and figuring out how to make things work. He was the proud father of daughter Chantelle Noreen and son Raleigh Deane. Special in his life were grandchildren Alyssa and Zackary Thomas and Macy and Peyton Strobel.
A Terry Terrier fan, he enjoyed driving sports bus trips over 47 years. Darwin and Darlene drove the Cabin Creek route bus for Terry Schools 24 years. They shared editing The Terry Tribune nine years where he took photographs and was sports editor, retiring from that job September 2007. He served on several boards at Community Church, presently as a Deacon. Darwin served as a director on Tongue River Electric Coop 37 years and numerous years on the ASCS county committee. Darwin and Darlene enjoyed traveling, including trips to Korea, Germany, Panama, Mexico and England, plus many places in the US, including extended stays in Arizona the past three winters. They had been on cruises to Alaska, the Bahamas and Mexican Riviera. Best were trips to visit family in Hobson and Denver/Kansas City. Other good times were at an LA Dodgers game, Broncos games and Rockies playoff games.
Loving survivors include his wife, Darlene, Fallon; daughter, Chantelle and Dan Thomas, Hobson; son, Raleigh and Anna Strobel, Kansas City, Mo.; four grandchildren; four sisters, Verna and Ron Cole, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Virginia Stickel, Terry, Vivian and Derald Reno, Sidney, Vera and Lyle Sackman, Fallon; one brother, Kenny and Karen Strobel, Miles City.
He is also survived by nine nieces and three nephews. He was preceded in death by granddaughter, Samantha Strobel; sister, Violet and Reiny Straub; brother-in-law Reuben Stickel; and, nephew David Straub.
A prayer service was on Friday, September 14, 2012 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Terry. Funeral services were held Saturday, September 15, 2012, at Terry Community Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in the Prairie County Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com
Published Sept. 19, 2012