Arthur H. Streccius, 81, Grapevine, TX, formerly of Minot, ND, died Aug. 10, 2009 at a Grapevine Hospital. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2009 at Zion Lutheran Church, Minot. Arthur was born on Oct. 21, 1927 to Louis Arthur Streccius and Olga Charlotte (Markshausen) Streccius, in Chicago Illinois. He lived and was raised in the Chicago area until 1985. Art graduated from Lane Technical High School in 1945. While attending high school he worked for the A & P Tea Company as a butcher. After being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1945, Art graduated from U.S. Army Cook and Baker’s school in Presidio San Francisco, CA. He served as a cook at the Hospital Diet Kitchen in Fort Sheridan, IL, as well as serving in Germany as Interrogator for the German POW’s. He was honorably discharged in 1948. He graduated from Wright Junior College and DePaul University with a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and received a M.S. degree from Northwestern University in Industrial Management. In 1953 Art married Lois Helen Kaiser in Champagne, IL. From this union three beautiful children were born; Julie Carol, Timothy Arthur and John Louis. Art worked as an industrial engineer. He designed and relocated production plants to Chicago suburbs for Motorola, Bell & Howell, Warwik Mfr Nuclear of Chicago. He was also employed by the National Accelerator Laboratory to design and construct nuclear research lab; later called Fermilab, Batavia, Il. He retired in 1985.
In 1972 Art purchased a two bedroom cottage, “Shangrila” on the canal to the Gulf of Mexico in St. James City where he and his family spent many vacations. In 1988 Art, tore down the cottage, designed and built a two story home and moved to paradise.
In 1985 Art married Valerie Gracyas, a popular Chicago area singer known as the Polish Canary. They enjoyed many happy times together including three trips to Germany to visit Art’s relatives in Ottweiler on the Saar River. In 2005, Art and Val moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. Following Valerie’s death in February of 2007, Art lived with his daughter Julie in Chandler, Arizona, he then moved to Edgewood Vista Assisted Living Center, in Minot, North Dakota near his son John. In July of 2008 Art left the cold and snow of North Dakota for the sun and warmth of Texas, moving to Atria Senior Living of Grapevine Texas, near his son Tim. Art loved life. Singing, dancing, and fishing were his favorite pastime. He was a hard working man who loved to design and plan things, “his way”. Art was always up for a good party and loved to tell jokes, he made friends where ever he went. Education for his kids and grandkids was a very high priority. He loved his family and was very proud of them. He will be dearly missed. He was a proud member and active supporter of the Elks; Moose and VFW.
He is survived by his daughter Julie (Richard) Lessard of Prescott Arizona, son Tim (Mae) Streccius of Flowermound, Texas, son John (Glenda) Streccius of Minot, North Dakota. Grandchildren Matt and Lauren Lessard; Michael Laureta, Anna and Adam Streccius; Phillip, Hannah, Noah, Lloyd and Lydia Streccius, cousins Doreen Austrevich and Marion Wienstock. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Valerie and one granddaughter Emma Lee Streccius.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. A park bench will be placed in St. James City Pine Island, Florida. Memorials can be sent to Zion Lutheran Church 1800 Hiawatha Street Minot, ND 58501