Paul F. Streif, 81, Clear Lake, Wis., passed away peacefully at his home after a brief illness Wednesday, July 3, 2019, surrounded by his family.
He was born Oct. 31, 1937, at Clear Lake, the son of Elmer and Frances (Paulson) Streif. He grew up in the Clear Lake area and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1955. Paul then attended the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, eventually receiving a master’s degree in teaching.
On Feb. 14, 1959, he married Carol Berglund at McKinley. They made their home near Reeve and raised two sons, Vincent and Ivan. Paul owned and operated the Reeve Locker Plant from 1959 through 1971. He also taught at Clear Lake Schools for 27 years and at the Mustard Seed Academy in Amery.
Paul spent his entire life in the service of others. He served 57 years as the Vance Creek Township treasurer. Paul also served on the Barron County Board, Pioneer Village Museum Board and on the WESTCAP (West Central Wis. Community Action Agency) Board.
He worked as the Fare For All food share coordinator, transported the Amish and took several mission trips at home and abroad. In his spare time, Paul enjoyed antique tractors, ceramics, weaving rugs, writing (authoring four books on local history), gardening and traveling the world. He was an active member of Apple River Community Church, Amery.
Paul will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are sons Vincent (Karen) of Madison and Ivan (Susan) of Excelsior, Minn.; grandchildren Elizabeth Streif and Edward Streif; a brother John (Marilyn) of Elk Mound; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister and brother-in-law Shirley and Clinton Chistianson.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 8, from The Apple River Community Church, Amery, with Pastor Bruce Tanner and Justin Hosking officiating, and interment at Reeve Cemetery, Vance Creek Township.
Visitation was held 4-7 p.m. Sunday from Scheuermann Funeral Home, Clear Lake, and an hour prior to services at the church.