Sterling resident William Frederick Stroble died of natural causes Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at his home near Sterling. He was 91.
A private viewing was held Friday and a Mass was celebrated for him Monday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna.
Mr. Stroble was born April 11, 1910, in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pa. He moved to Alaska in 1963. He lived in Anchorage for 13 years until he moved to Sterling in 1976 and built the home he lived in for the rest of his life.
Before moving to Alaska, he was a self-employed truck driver and farmer. In Alaska, he was a member of the Teamsters Local No. 959 and worked as a mechanic oiler. He also helped rebuild the Seward Highway after the 1964 earthquake. In 1975, he retired from the Teamsters.
He enjoyed beer and wine making, cooking, hunting, fishing and was an avid reader.
"He was a devoted husband and loving father who was very generous to his family and friends and will be greatly missed," his family said.
Mr. Stroble is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eileen; sister, Marion Case of Pennsylvania; brothers Kenneth of Washington, Donald of Anchorage and Eugene of Pennsylvania; children Merton of Pennsylvania, Thomas and Calvin of Anchorage and Billie Eileen Ryder of California; 17 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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