Lawrence ‘Snap’ Strohschein, 92

Lawrence “Snap” Albert Strohschein, 1926-2019, of Sun City West, AZ, formerly of Howard Lake, passed away peacefully with his family at his side, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Banner Hospice Care of Sun City West, AZ, at the age of 92.

He was born Sept. 2, 1926, along with his twin brother, Lester, in Lydia, MN. They were baptized Sept. 26, 1926, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Fish Lake, MN. Lawrence was confirmed March 17, 1940, at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Watertown, MN.

He graduated from the Watertown High School June 1, 1944, and from high school, earned the nickname of “Snap” when he played center on his high school football team, carrying that name the rest of his life.

Snap enlisted in the US Navy Aug. 31, 1944, and discharged as a Gunners Mate 3rd class July 21, 1946.

With his family, Snap moved to Howard Lake, and on a chance phone call, he arranged a date, and met the love of his life, Gladys Hinz. They were married June 3, 1949, in St. James Lutheran Church of Howard Lake. To this union were born four daughters; Sandra, Bonita, Jacalyn and Pamela.

Snap was employed by the Munson Insurance Agency as a bookkeeper for the Farmers Coop Dairy, and did the bookwork for over 400 patrons, continuing in that position until the Dairy closed its doors.

He and Gladys purchased the Clearwater Landing Resort in Annandale in 1970, and sold it in 1975. Working with the public was challenging, but the outdoors provided great satisfaction.

Gladys took on a teaching career with the Scottsdale Unified School District in 1971, and they moved to Tempe, Ahwatukee, to Mesa, and finally to Sun City West, where they have resided since 1987.

Summer vacations were spent traveling with with their daughters, tent camping; and in later years, RV traveling, covering most of the USA. Cruises to Mexico and Alaska and a flight to Hawaii were also enjoyed.

Snap enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, bowling, canoeing, boating, and camping trips with his family and friends. He was a master Sudoku solver, had a great sense of humor, and would do anything for anyone. He loved to tinker around the house, though things were sometimes left in unintentional condition when finished.

Above all, Snap loved his family. They were faithful members of St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, Eternal Life Lutheran in Mesa, Beautiful Savior Lutheran in Tempe, Shepherd of the Mountains in Payson, AZ, and the final church home at Crown of Life Lutheran, Sun City West, AZ since October 1987.

Snap was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Martha Strohschein; twin brother, Lester (Feb. 18, 2019); daughter, Pamela (April 16, 2016); and brother-in-law James M. Ryan.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Gladys; daughters Sandra and Bonita Strohschein of Shelton, WA, and Jacalyn and husband Vance Naaktgeboren of Flagstaff, AZ; four grandchildren: Major Jason Naaktgeboren (Camille) of Las Vegas, NV. Alyson (Richard) Williams of Shelton, WA, Caron Naaktgeboren of St. John, Virgin Islands, and Stacy (Shane) Cogar of Wheatridge, CO; and great-grandchildren Terra Naaktgeboren, and Anakiah and Onyxia Williams.

Snap is further survived by a sister, Mildred Martha Ryan of St. Paul; sister-in-law Darlene Strohschein.; nephew Denton (Janice) Strohschein; and niece Jody Strohschein.

Inurnment rites will take place in the Crown of Life Lutheran Church Columbarium, Sun City West, AZ Friday, March 22, with Pastor Phill Robbins Officiating.

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