John Herman Stroebel
John Herman Stroebel
  • July 29, 1937 - August 29, 2017
  • Raleigh, North Carolina

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John Herman Stroebel, 80, of Raleigh died Tuesday, August 29, 2017. John was born July 29, 1937 in Northfield, Minnesota to Charles and Eleanor Stroebel and was the second oldest of five children. A 1955 graduate of Rochester High School, John attended Carleton College and the University of Minnesota, where he earned a degree in engineering in 1959.

He spent his entire career working for IBM where he achieved the rank of senior engineer. He worked at the Rochester, Minnesota facility from 1960 to 1984, earning a Master's degree in mathematics along the way. In 1984, John transferred to the Raleigh, North Carolina Research Triangle Park facility, where he remained until his retirement in 1994.

John had numerous interests in life that he pursued with great passion. An outgoing, social individual, he enjoyed sharing a good game of tennis or golf with family and friends. He loved being close to the water, whether it was boating along the Mississippi river or on a beach in North Carolina. He had a life-long interest in aeronautics, including building and flying radio-controlled planes. Raised in a musical and artistic family, John retained a love for many forms of music, sculpture and gardening throughout his life.

John is survived by his wife of 20 years, Linda Stroebel of Raleigh; his 3 sons, Dr. Robert Stroebel (Cathy) of Rochester, MN, Kirk Stroebel of Rochester, MN, Jay Stroebel ( Jacqui ) of Maplewood, MN; 3 step-sons, William Thorne ( Laura ) of Richmond, VA, Michael Thorne ( Leslie ) of Raleigh, James Thorne of Swannanoa, NC; a brother, James Stroebel (Sue ) of Minneapolis, MN; a sister, Sara Brandenburg (Steve) of Jackson Hole, WY; and 9 grandchildren, Ben Stroebel, Hannah Stroebel, Andy Stroebel, Leah Stroebel, Ashley Stroebel, Sam Thorne, Jessica Thorne, Jack Thorne and Elizabeth Thorne.

John was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Charles Stroebel, and a sister, Florence Kahn.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 11am at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 West Edenton St., in Raleigh. The family will receive friends following the service in the Garden Gallery at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Edenton Street United Methodist Church or to the charity choice.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St., Raleigh;