Joseph Willian "Bill" Streidl, 83, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at the Houston Northwest Medical Center after a short series of illnesses. Bill was born March 31, 1930 in Menomine, Mich., to John and Caroline Streidl. He graduated from Menominee High School in 1948 and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Wood Technology in 1952. He volunteered for the U.S. Army, where he proudly served his country in the Korean War and achieved the rank of Captain. After returning from Korea, he completed his MBA at the University of Michigan in 1955 and began working at the Fiber City paper mill in Manistee, Mich. There he met and fell in love with his future wife, Mary Ellen Zimmerman.
Bill and Mary Ellen married on April 12, 1958. They moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., where Deborah, Pamela, and Kathleen were born. Bill rose through the management ranks at Packaging Corp. of America, and moved his family to Glenview, Ill., in 1963. Bill and Mary Ellen had four more children: Theresa, William, Kristin and Carolyn. In January of 1976, Bill was promoted to Tenneco Inc. headquarters in Houston. After 35 years of loyal service, Bill retired from Tenneco in 1990. Bill continued to consult for Tenneco, The John Deere Dealers Assoc., and various universities and companies for several years. He served on the Westador Minicipal Utility District and Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services board which he was passionate about until his passing.
Bill was a devout Catholic. He was a long-standing, respected member of the St. Edwards faith community in Spring, Texas. Throughout his life, Bill was a true "do-it-yourselfer," and taught his family the virtues of self sufficiency and frugality. He traveled globally, and was known for his "small world" encounters wherever he went. He was also the de-facto family historian and genealogist. Bill was very knowledgeable, well read, and served as a confidant to his family and friends. He was a kind, deliberate and respectful man slow to anger and quick to forgive.
Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Ellen Streidl; and his seven children; seven in-laws; and 14 grandchildren.
His family thanks you for your love and prayers.
The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his memory to The CCEMS Scholarship Fund, where a scholarship is being developed in his name to memorialize his contributions to the organization. Cypress Creek EMS, 7111 Five Forks Dr., Spring, Texas, 77379.
Burial was on Monday, January 13, 2014 at the Houston National Veteran Cemetery.