Michael J. Strief, 49, of Cascade, died Friday, March 29, 2019 at MercyOne Medical Center in Dubuque.
Friends and relatives of Mike may call from 2-8 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Reiff Funeral Home in Farley, where a prayers service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call after 9 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Services for Mike will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 5, 2019 at St. John Catholic Church in Placid, with the Rev. Michael Schueller presiding. Concelebrating will be the Rev. Thomas McDermott. Mass servers will be Klaire Bergfeld, Jake Hoefler and Callie Lynch. Eucharistic Ministers will be Jodi Kronlage and Dawn Wilwert. Lectors will be Kristi Strief and Melissa King. Petitions will be read by Deb Kennedy. Placing of the Pall will be done by Shawn Strief, Madison Strief, Grace Strief, Adam Strief and Donna Strief. Giftbearers will be Dana Wegmann, Micah Wegmann, Theo Wegmann and Winnie Wegmann. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery in Farley.
Honorary pallbearers for Michael will be Matt King, Mitch Schueller, Dennis Hoffman, Dennis Manders, John Beringer, Matt Lansing, Todd Then, Roger Koppes, Steve Takes, Todd Bergfeld, Eastern Iowa Horse and Pony Camp and Employees of UPS.
Casketbearers for Mike will be Jeremy Strief, Ty Kronlage, Austin Ressler, Brad Conrad, John Ressler, Scott Kennedy, Derek Strief and Nolan Strief.
Michael was born Feb. 17, 1970 in Dubuque, son of William “Bill” and Donna (Simon) Strief. He was a 1988 graduate of Western Dubuque High School in Epworth. On Sept. 24, 1994 he was united in marriage to Shawn Kennedy at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Farley. He was employed with UPS for 30 years.
Mike was famous on his UPS routes for his brown shorts and chicken legs. No one was a stranger to Mike, he was able to shoot the breeze with everyone. All other days you would find him putzing on the farm with his right-hand man, Adam. At family events Mike was a boisterous Euchre player who could play his hand along with everyone else’s. He passed his love for riding horses on to Madison and Grace and was proud of their many accomplishments. Even though his ability to “ride” found him on the ground more often than not, horse riding is a fabric of their family and those memories will be forever cherished.
He was a member of the Eastern Iowa Horse and Pony Camp, Dubuque County Saddle Club, Tri-State Saddle Club, Teamsters Local #120, the American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Assoc., American Angus Assoc., the Dubuque County 4-H, IA – MN Chuckwagon Association and Friends of the West Dubuque FFA.
He was also a member of St. John Parish in Placid and was involved with the Farley-Epworth Christian Experience Weekend (CEW).
He is survived by his wife, Shawn Strief, of Cascade; three children, Madison, Grace and Adam Strief at home; his mother, Donna Strief, of Farley; six siblings, Julie Strief, of Fenton, Mich., Jolene Strief, of California, Mark (Lydia) Strief, of Bernard, Janda Waters, of Cedar Rapids, Jodi (Russell) Kronlage, of Epworth and Matt (Kristi) Strief, of Farley; a sister-in-law, Christine (Dean) Schrader, of Monticello; his father and mother-in-law, Mike and Sue Kennedy, of Farley; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dana (Jason) Wegmann and Shelley (Brad) Wilken both of Marion and Kari (Chris) Smuck, of Waterloo; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, William K. “Bill” Strief on September 26, 2010; a brother, Martin Strief Aug. 23, 1996.
“Just one more, you know what I’m Sayin.”
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