THAT SMILE! Joe’s smile illuminated his whole being!
With a remarkable mind that never ceased questioning or creating, a serious twinkle in his eyes, a fearless, adventurous spirit, and a heart that opened to, and touched, anyone who met him…Joe Strekall returned to the loving arms of his Creator on July 7, 2017, in a tragic hiking accident at Yosemite National Park.
How we miss that smile!
There is no doubt that, as he finds peace with the Lord, Joe is thankful for every gift and talent he was blessed with. A prolific writer, creative musician, competitive sportsman, philosopher, and vocal humanitarian, he believed in sharing his abilities to positively impact the world around him. Joe trusted that every word spoken or action taken had a lasting impact.
Born June 17, 1984, in Yakima, WA, Joe’s family moved to Helena, MT, just before his first birthday. Throughout his childhood he thrived on sports, music, and nature, gratefully acknowledging, as an adult, all the people who influenced and encouraged him. He cherished his family and friends! He graduated from Helena High School in 2002, and attended Western Washington University for 2 years. Then, unsure of his path, he chose “life experiences”. While in Washington, Joe worked as a bartender, a waiter, a technical support employee for T-Mobile, and as part of a tree removal service. He relocated to Portland, OR, in 2009, for a position as an electronics repairman. Later, he chose employment as part of the NANO NERDS troubleshooting team for Best Buy. He graduated, with honors, from DeVry University, Portland, in 2014, with a degree in computer networking administration.
Throughout the changes in his life, Joe continued to perfect his music and work at building a career as an electronic “house music” DJ…his moniker: JOEPAMINE. (“Because music makes people feel good!”) He was working on a production company partnership at the time of his death.
Some of the dearest friendships in his life were made in Portland; he was honored there on July 21, 2017, with a beautiful memorial service at Laurelhurst Park.
Joe was preceded in death by his grandfather, Steve Strekall, in 2016. He is survived by his parents, Mike and Brenda, and brother, Ken, Helena, MT, and his grandparents, Helen Strekall, Billings, MT, and Ray and Phyllis Bergeron, Billings, MT. He is also survived by his aunt, Patty (Sonny) Westerman, Billings, MT, cousins, Lisa and Kristen, WY, and aunt, Michelle Patterson, Bradenton, FL, cousins, Jennifer, SC, and Danielle, GA.
A funeral service to honor Joe’s life is planned on August 12, 2017, 12:00 noon, at the Cathedral of St. Helena. A reception will follow the service in the Brondel Center of the Cathedral.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to either: the Bradley Angle center for victims of domestic violence, 5432 N. Albina Avenue, Portland, OR, 97217; bradleyangle.org; or to Grandstreet Theatre, 325 N. Park Avenue, Helena, MT 59601; grandstreettheatre.com.
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