Charles R. Streich died peacefully on June 22, surrounded by his loving family.
Chuck was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 6, 1936. He was interested in music from an early age and played multiple instruments, preferring the piano, which he played by ear. He was also an accomplished athlete, excelling particularly in wrestling and football. He attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH, on a football scholarship. At Wittenberg he also sang in the choir. In 1959, Chuck was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and studied in Erlangen, Germany, where he perfected the German he had learned growing up in his childhood home. He returned to the United States to attend Hamma Divinity School in Springfield, OH, subsequently serving in two churches in Ashland, OH, and Joliet, IL, prior to returning to graduate school at the University of Chicago. Following this, he taught as a professor at Mt. Airy Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for nine years. In 1978, he moved to Long Island, NY, where he led the Lutheran Coalition, serving in several churches and working as a pastoral counselor. At age 50, he went to law school at Queens College and practiced law until his retirement in 2010. In addition to his musical and sports talents and his accomplished career, Chuck loved gardening, cooking, scuba diving, and sailing. He was a person who could fix, build, or wire anything. He had a story with a moral or a joke for any occasion and loved to laugh. His powerful, loving presence will always be deeply missed by all those who loved him.
Chuck spent his short retirement years in Pittsboro, NC. Having several relatives who farmed, his dream had been to experience farm life before his final day. Living at Fearrington Village enabled him to realize this dream.
Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Amos and Alice Streich, and his sister, Margery (Clement) Streich. He is survived by his wife of 36+ years, Gail (Crampton) Streich, as well as his three children: Charles R. Streich, III (Madeline) of Louisville, KY, Amy Cohn Bell and Katie Savelli (Christian) of Chapel Hill, four granddaughters: Alison (Jeff), Jennifer (Jon), Lindsay, Alexa, two great grandsons: Roland and Daniel, his sister and her spouse, Dr. William and Marci (Streich) Prudlow of Brookfield, WI, and his first wife, Julie Lentz of Chapel Hill, and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life ceremony will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chapel Hill on Saturday, October 3 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to one of the following charities: Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, American Indian Graduate Center, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Lutheran Campus Ministry, and Doctors Without Borders USA, Inc.