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Hugh Albert Eugene STREHLE, Captain, United States Navy, Retired, died on Friday, May 17, 2013 at home. Captain Strehle was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving in Korea in 1951-52, and Japan in 1952-53. . In addition to other periods of active duty, he was also a veteran of the Gulf War, serving before and during Operation Desert Shield in 1989-90 as the Reserve Program Management Advisor to the US Army General Officer who headed the Defense Attaché System, Defense Intelligence Agency.
He was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church where he served as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and Minister to the sick. . Also, he served as a member of the Pastoral Council. In addition, he was a 3rd and 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus , a Life Member of the VFW , a Paid Up for Life member of the American Legion , a Life Member of the Korean War Veterans Association, a Life Member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees , a Life Member of the National Rifle Association, a Life Member of the Jefferson County Izaak Walton League , and a member of the Retired Officers 'Association , as well as numerous other organizations .
Captain Strehle was born in Philadelphia, PA, and attended Catholic Schools. Graduating from LaSalle College High School in June of 1950, he enlisted in the army after the outbreak of the Korean War. . After active service, he remained in the Army Reserve until 1959, rising to the rank of Sergeant First Class. . He was employed by the U. S. Army in Tokyo, Japan from 1953-1957. . He and his wife, Jeanne Hisae , whom he met and married in Kyoto, Japan, returned to the U. S in December 1956. He graduated from LaSalle College, Philadelphia, PA, in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After working in the construction equipment industry for four years, he joined the U. S Civil Service Commission in 1965. . He was commissioned as a Lieutenant, Junior Grade, and US. Naval Reserve in December of that year.
He was a Supervisory Personnel Management Specialist with the Civil Service Commission, State Manager for West Virginia in Charleston, and State Manager for Maryland in Balt imore . He transferred to Washington in 1976 where he became a Branch and Division Manager. Retiring from the U. S Office of Personnel Management as a GM-15 in June of 1989, he was immediately recalled to active duty with the Navy, serving with the Directorate for Attaches and Operat ions , DIA, until November of 1990. After his service, he became active in volunteer consulting work with Berkeley County government and served on the Board of Advisors to the Department of Public Admini stration of West Virginia University, where he also completed a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 1996.
During his civilian career , he received several awards for excellence of service, and during his military career he was the recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal , the Joint Service Commendation Medal , the Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation , and the Meritorious Unit Commendation (2), as well as numerous other campaign and service awards , including the Korean Service Medal with three battle stars, the National Defense Service Medal (2), the ROK Presidential Unit Citation , and the United Nations Service Medal.
Captain Strehle was predeceased by his beloved wife of 42 years, Jeanne Hisae, in 1995. . He was blessed to have found a second love, Lisa Basil, who also predeceased him in August 2012. He is survived by his sister, Mary Lou Parks and family of Griffin, GA. He is also survived by his three daughters, Kathleen Schoonover and husband, Dr. Larry Schoonover of Procious, WV; Karla Peard of King George, VA; and Karen Evans and husband, Dr. Randy Evans of Martinsburg, WV; and his son, Keven Strehle of Seattle, WA. He is also survived by his step-daughter Desiree and Ron Armentrout of Pataskala, OH.
Captain Strehle’ s ten grandchildren include: Kelley and Jay Fitzsimmons, Sarah and Randy Ballard, Lawrence and Mercedes Schoonover, Dr. Britni and Mark Jacobs, Laura Peard, Wesley and Ciera Schoonover, Jacob Evans, Kirsten Schoonover, Samantha Evans and Quinn Strehle; and two great-grandsons, Landon and Noah Schoonover.
The family is especially grateful to his granddaughter and caregiver, Samantha M. Evans, for her love and dedication for her grandfather; special thanks also to Jennifer, Barbara, Karen and Nicole for their loving care to make his last wishes possible.
The family also appreciates the VA Home-based Primary Care Program, Panhandle Home Health, HomeInstead and Berkeley County Senior Services for their assistance during his last months.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2013, at St. Leo Catholic Church with Father Deyre Azcuna, celebrant.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday, May 19th, at Brown Funeral Home.
Full military honors will be held at later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Panhandle Home Health or Wounded Warriors.