Richard Streng | Obituaries |

Richard Adam Streng, 79, from Antigo died on Monday, December 20, 2021 in Aspirus Langlade Hospital with his family.

Dick was born on April 14, 1942 in Wauwatosa as the son of the late Adam and Johanna (Bortz) Streng.

He was married to Sharon Holtz in August 1964. The couple had two children and were later divorced. On August 16, 1987, Dick was married to Jalaine (Brill) Nelson in Antigo City Park. She survives and lives in Antigo.

Dick graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1964, where he studied biology to pursue a career as a gamekeeper in Wisconsin. He was a member of the prestigious Saisefi Fellowship. After graduation, he began his career with the Wisconsin DNR, based in Oshkosh, and traveled to multiple locations as needed from 1965 to 1966. In January 1967 he got his first permanent job in Chilton as a DNR overseer. In 1985, Dick was delighted to find his way to Antigo to serve as a DNR overseer. Most alluring of Dick regarding the area were those fond childhood memories of traveling with his father Adam on the passenger train to the Elcho area to hunt. These early experiences instilled great respect and admiration for nature.

Dick served in the Wisconsin Army National Guard from 1967 to 1972, including service in Northern California.

As a guard, he was known to be principled and conscientious. He worked long hours with other overseers, often going beyond the duty of obeying the law and being an administrator of the land. His dedication has left a legacy of respect among friends and foes.

As a guard overseer, he was known for deeply considering the needs of his guards, known as “F Troops,” and for setting an exceptional example for the people who worked with him.

Whether he was duck hunting with friends and dog in North Dakota, elk in Colorado, or deer on his favorite property, his love of hunting and fishing with close friends and son Chris held a special place in his heart.

He was known for playing guitar and singing in small groups of friends old and new, mostly around the campfire. He always received requests to play when the opportunity arose. His talent and voice attracted people to enjoy his game wherever he went.

His most cherished time was spent with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends.

The survivors include his wife Jalaine, sons Daniel (Yaovarut) Streng from Chicago and Chris Streng from Antigo and Chicago; Jalaines children, Gail (Marcus) Klaeser from Winneconne and Eric (Katina) Nelson from Greenville; Grandsons Arun and Sirikit Streng and Melissa and Amanda Klaeser; a nephew, Michael Cook; a niece, Michelle Everly; and his dear yellow lab, Ursa.

In addition to his parents, Dick precedes a sister, Joan Cook, in death.

On Monday, January 10th, there will be a visitation from 12pm to 3pm in the Catholic Church of St. John in Antigo. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Pastor Wes Jedras of the United Church of Christ of Faith will serve.

Instead of flowers, monuments in Dick’s name can be directed to the Wisconsin Conservation Warden’s Association. Monuments can be sent directly to the association at PO Box 44, Madison, WI 53701.

To ensure the well-being of all present, the family asked everyone to follow safe practices and wear masks. Room considerations are in place to support all participants during these difficult times. Special thanks go to St. John Church, who made it possible for the family to use their spacious rooms.

The Strasser-Roller funeral parlor supports the family. Friends can visit online at For those unable to attend, the service will be displayed online.

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