John J. Strommen

John J. Strommen, 62, of the Town of Wescott, died of a heart attack while in his tree stand on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, doing what he loved.

John was born Jan. 12, 1955, in Racine, a son of the late Alger and Lucille (Fonk) Strommen. He attended school at Horlick High School in Racine. While in Racine, John worked at Gateway Technical College. On July 28, 1984, he married Linda Lepow. They later moved to the Shawano area, where John worked for the Bonduel School District for 18 years, retiring in 2014.

John was a kind and gentle man whose laughter filled the room. His granddaughter, Carly, was the apple of his eye. He was his nieces’ and nephews’ “special Uncle Johnny,” even dressing up as Santa Claus to add to the magic of Christmas. John’s hobbies included riding his Harley, hunting, fishing, boating and piloting his Cessna 170. He was a member of HOG, EAA, ABATE and the Shawano Lake Pool League. John was a proud union member and union president at Gateway College and the Bonduel School District.

Survivors include his wife, Linda; his son, Ken (Carrie) Dow; his granddaughter, Carly; brothers and sisters, Thomas (Kay) Strommen, Sandra (Joe) Fliess, Edward Strommen, Dan (Joy Kayon) Strommen, Todd (Becky) Strommen, Susan (Jim) Koloske and Becky Limbach; his sisters-in-law, Diana Simon, Candace Lepow and Kelly (Steve) Duckworth; and many special nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Edward and Dorothy Lepow; and his sister-in-law, Susan Strommen.

A celebration of John’s life will take place Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, from 1-4 p.m. at Classic’s in Shawano. Inurnment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for donations to Shawano Cares About Critters.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences at