Walter George Strosnider

walter strosnider

June 23, 1919 ~ June 10, 2009

Resided in: Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Walter Strosnider 1919-2009 Walter George Strosnider, 89, longtime St. Louisan and Navy veteran who worked 38 years for McDonnell Douglas, died in Los Angeles, June 10, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Eileen Choate Strosnider, his brother Jack of St. Louis; his son Bruce and wife Ann of Washington state; daughter Susan Maehl and her husband Ron of Los Angeles; grandson Eric of San Jose; and granddaughter Julie of Los Angeles. He was preceded in death by his son Wally. In his last days he saw the birth of his great grand nephew Jack Strosnider. Walter was born June 23, 1919 in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from McKinley High School. After World War II he attended Washington University on the GI bill. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Pomegranate Lodge and the Scottish Rite. He and his family lived for a long time in a house on Sugarloaf Mound in St. Louis. He also had a lifelong interest in knife collecting. He belonged to the Gateway Knife Club for many years. He also collected watches, especially those made for American railroads. He was a weightlifting enthusiast who inspired his sons to compete. His late son Wally was a nationally known power lifter and coach. He was loved by many and will be missed.

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  1. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Walter. Met this very warm man through his brother’s marriage to Rose. He will missed.

  2. We were so sorry to hear of Walter’s passing. He was such a sweet man. We will always be appreciative of he and Eileen taking our mother, Ruth, out to eat at Bevo Mill for her birthday each year after our father, Jim’s death. What a thoughtful gesture! Please convey our sincere sympathy to Eileen. We wish her peace and health for the future.

  3. Dear Bruce, I am very sorry to have read about your Dad’s passing in yesterday’s Post Dispatch newspaper. A couple of months ago, I did receive your post card. Yes, there are a lot of good memories from our childhood days on Iowa Street, with all the kids in the neighborhood. You, me, Gerry Curtis & her brother, Billy who lived next door to you. The Rohrbottom kids down the alley from you, etc. One memory that stands out is the time you and I were playing with the airplane toy of yours and I got it caught in the back of my eye. Your Dad and my Dad actually saved the sight of my eye when they immediately removed the hook from behind the socket of my eye. Another memomy was watching Howdy-Doody at your house everyday after school. Your Mom always made the most tasty snacks for us. God bless, Rich Bartz

  4. Some of my most fond memories were the times when I would visit my Great Uncle Walter in St. Louis. Going to his house and playing on the mound with my brother, cousins, aunts, uncles, and Walter’s dogs; talking about watches, arrowheads, cars and weightlifting; and recently meeting up with him, Aunt Eileen and my Grandpa in St. Louis at the Iron Barley. We’ve been really lucky over the past few months to have had Walter and Eileen in Southern California where we could see them more frequently. My wife Robyn and I had an opportunity to see Walter quite a bit, and to introduce him to the newest generation Stosnider, Jack, Walter’s great grand nephew. We spent the father’s day weekend in Palos Verdes with Aunt Eileen, Aunt Susie, Uncle Ron, Grandpa, Eric, Kendra, Julie, Reed, Pat and Sherry telling stories and remembering a great man who we’ll all miss very much.

  5. To: The Family of Walter Strosnider From: Charles Andert I met Walter at Curtis Wright Aircraft Company. Walter was in Tooling Inspection and I work in Tooling. Walter inspected our tools for buy out. The thing I mostly remember about Walter at Curtis Wright was him lifting up Layout Table Angle Plates which were very heavy. It appeared we entered the Navy about the same time. When my ship (PC1222) docked at Key West Naval Base, I was on the deck looking down on some smaller ships, when I saw Walter sitting on the Fan Tail. I said to myself, “I know that guy”. We met and he showed me around and had also introduced me to some other Curtis Wright personal that were there at the Naval Base. Two days later my ship left for Newfoundland. The next time we met was at McDonnell Douglas. We worked together in the Planning Department for many years. Walter did a good job and was like by the people he supervised. Walter was a kind, polite, gentle person and for me it was a pleasure knowing Walter and working with him. God Bless him and his family Charles Andert

  6. It is with sadness that we learned of Walter’s passing. He was a wonderful caring with his dear wife Eileen and his children. We always enjoyed seeing and talking with him and Eileen at Conettos an Plaza Frontac. He will be missed. May God be wih him. Harry and Eliane Abeln

  7. I was so sorry to hear of Walters passing, I waited on him and Eileen for years at Zias. I considered them as family and would have my husband {St. Louis police} check on them if I had not seen Them in weeks. He was a wonderful man and will be sadly missed. Tell Eileen I’m sorry for her loss and that I miss her too. I will always remember all the wonderful stories he told me.

  8. I am so sorry to learn of the loss of both Walter Sr. & Walter Junior so many years after the fact. I remember living upstairs from the Strosnider family in St. Louis when I was a very small child. The children were my playmates and friends for about 10 years. I would like to hear from Susan and Bruce if they receive this message.

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