Eldyn J. Streff | Obituary

Eldyn J. Streff

May 30, 1930 – December 17, 2021

Eldyn John Streff, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died December 17 at a care facility in Roanoke, Virginia. He was 91 years old and healthy and active, walking for almost an hour each morning, until near his 90th birthday, when he began to suffer from dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

Eldyn died less than a day after learning of the death of his 65-year-old wife, Monica.

Eldyn is remembered by his family as a loving father and grandfather. Growing up with little benefit, he devoted himself to putting each of his five children through college and they often expressed their love and admiration for him. Her daughter, Pam, won a fifth grader essay competition praising her “best pop.”

Eldyn was born on a farm outside of Salem, South Dakota on May 30, 1930, the son of John and Anna (Hoenscheid) Streff, German immigrants. After graduating from high school, he started working for the International Harvester Company in Sioux Falls. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1951 and served four years in Germany and France as a clerk typist. After his shift he returned to his same job and met Monica Anne Schwebach, a registered nurse from nearby Dell Rapids. They married in 1956 and raised five children.

As International Harvester went through restructuring, they moved from Sioux Falls to Huron, SD, then to Walla Walla, Wash .; Pleasanton, California; Plano, Texas; and finally Olathe, Kan .; where they retired in 1986.

Eldyn has retained the love for sports he acquired as a baseball, football and basketball player in Saint Mary’s High School, coaching little league baseball for his son, playing golf and being the biggest fan of his grandchildren’s sports teams and the Kansas City Royals and Chiefs. . He loved history, especially World War II, and he and Monica were long-time members of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church, volunteering in the parish’s accounting department.

Eldyn and Monica lived in their family home in Olathe until they became frail, then moved to an apartment then a care facility, then in May 2021, to be near their children in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. .

Eldyn is survived by her son, Mike Streff and daughter-in-law Sara Streff of Moneta, VA .; daughter, Pam Streff of Moneta; daughter, Susan Heyroth and son-in-law Pete Heyroth of Moneta; her daughter, Sally Buzbee of Washington DC and her daughter Mary Jane Baker and her son-in-law Tom Baker of Kansas City, MO; 10 grandchildren and a great-grandson. Her parents John and Anna Streff of Salem and her sisters, Yvonne Streff and Janice Dickey; and an infant granddaughter, Anne Marie Buzbee is predeceased by him.

A memorial service for Monica and Eldyn will be held this summer. Donations can be sent to the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Olathe.

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