Howard John Strey Sr., age 87, of Apple Valley, formerly of Delano, and Austin, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, in Apple Valley, surrounded by his family.
He was born Oct. 19, 1930, on the family farm in Wright County, near Delano, the son of John and Hattie (Wandersee) Strey.
Howard graduated from Delano High School in 1948, and from Hamline University in 1952.
He married Jo Ann Haddorff Dec. 22, 1952 at the United Methodist Church in Mound.
A Korean War veteran, Howard served in Okinawa as a communications and recreation specialist. Following the military deployment, he began his teaching career in Mapleton, before moving to Austin, where he taught at Austin High School from 1957 to 1993.
As AHS head and assistant basketball coach, he participated in three state tournaments, finishing runner-up in 1972 (assistant) and 1981 (head). As the assistant baseball coach, he participated in four state tournaments. He was Minnesota’s Assistant Coach of the year, as well as inducted to the Riverland Community College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Howard was an active member of Austin’s Westminster Presbyterian Church, Isaac Walton League, and the American Legion.
His passions included fishing and hunting with family and friends, as well as traveling with Jo Ann.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, Clarence and Deloris Strey; and brother-in-law, Oscar Haddorff.
Howard is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jo Ann, of Apple Valley; his children, Howie Jr. (Janet) of Duluth, Charlie (Mary) of Pella, IA; Tom (Ann) of Apple Valley, and Jamie (Kelly) of Burnsville; his grandchildren, Betsy (Dan), Jessi (Dan), Lora, Tim (Kulthida), Christina (Morgan), Jackie (Darren), Erin, Allison, Matt, Patrick, Paul, Colin, Duncan, Maddie, and Aiden; and his great-grandchildren, Clara, Kalaya, Alice, Oliver, Hannah, Amelia, Miles, and Imogen.
He is further survived by a sister, Helen (Jack) Gardner; sister-in-law, Marian Haddorff; brothers-in-law, Jack (Jeanine) Haddorff; and Bob (Ginger) Haddorff; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service took place Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Austin, with the Rev. Michael Olmsted officiating. There was visitation at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Clasen-Jordan Mortuary in Austin handled the arrangements; online guestbook at clasenjordan.com.