Kenneth E. Strate

August 31, 1930 - February 10, 2018

Kenneth E. Strate


Rockford, IL

Kenneth E. Strate, 87, of Rockford, IL passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, February 10, 2018 in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center after a lingering illness. Kenny was born on August 31, 1930 in Belvidere, IL the son of Edward and Florence “Leona” (Stewart) Strate. He married Joan Hills on January 19, 1951 in Belvidere. Following his graduation from Rockford Business College, Kenny was employed by the Farmer’s Bank/Belvidere Bank for 32 years. He, then, partnered with friends to purchase the Huddle Restaurant, which he managed from 1980 through 1992. Kenny was a great ambassador for Belvidere and Boone County, serving the community in many capacities. He was a member of many organizations such as I.O.U Club, Belvidere Youth Baseball, Boone County Historical Museum and the Belvidere Park District board, to name a few. He also was involved with the March of Dimes and the Y.M.C.A. But Kenny was mostly known for his love of people. He never met a stranger. His friends knew him as a “prankster” and affectionately called him “Slippery”. Kenny is loved and will be missed by his wife, Joan; children, Jeffrey (Janis) Strate of Belvidere, Diana Kuch of Alta Loma, California, Dana (Pam) Strate-Lutzow of Rockford; Grandchildren, Kristen (Schuyler) Strate, Allison (Craig) Wares, Melissa (Josh) Smith, Brett Kuch, Barbara (Brandon) Saft, Victoria (Darrell Feuerhahn) Kuch, Katherine Kuch, Russell Kuch and Jarrett Strate-Lutzow; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Madelynn, Ava, Brooklyn, Ariya, Noah, Nevaeh, Brooklyn, and her soon-to-arrive brother, Nixon. Kenny is preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Bradley Kuch.

Visitation will take place Friday, June 8, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, Il followed by a memorial service at 2:00 pm with Rev. Pam Rossmiller officiating.  Celebration of Kenny’s life will be held at the Boone County Community Building Complex, 111 1st Street, Belvidere on Friday, June 8th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Service Schedule

Friday, June 8, 2018
1:00 pm

Visitation will take place Friday, June 8, 2018 from 1-2:00 p.m.. at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, Il

Friday, June 8, 2018
2:00 pm

memorial service at 2:00 pm with Rev. Pam Rossmiller officiating.

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Fitflop Slippers

Fitflop Slippers 2018-07-07T23:36:27

My deepest sympathy. He was a great man and boss . I had my first job at the Huddle Restaurant when I was 15 for 5 years. For that I am truly thankful. I am still in the restaurant business.

Jennifer Clem 2018-06-02T15:37:03

So sorry to hear of Kens passing. You’ve been friends of my family since I was a child. We always had fun when we got together! God’s peace and prayers to you Joan & family.

Judy and Bob Brenner 2018-02-21T14:06:45

Strate family,
We are very sorry for your loss. Kenny was a lot of fun and always so kind to everyone. We will miss him much. Our community has surely loss a great supporter of so many wonderful causes. God’s blessings to all of you during this most difficult time.

The Daniels' family 2018-02-19T10:31:21

Such good memories of mr.strate😊 being santa claus for my baby sisters..he was just the right person for that! It was in his heart for sure😊
And also for enjoying us as teenagers..whoever does that??!!
I felt at home being in your home♥️ i know many felt the same!!
The world has been blessed by you & i feel fortunate to have known you…god bless♥️♥️

Peggy daniel foehringer 2018-02-18T19:33:53

So, very sorry to hear about Ken. We are in Florida, so, won’t be able to be present, but please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Will never forget the Buc Pride sign that Ken had put on the Belvidere Bank corner for every Buc football game.
God Bless,
Doug and Janet Chapman

Doug Chapman 2018-02-18T17:49:32

So sorry for your loss, I was lucky enough to run into Kenny and Jeff recently at the bank. He was always nice to me and will be missed with great respect.

John Harvey 2018-02-18T11:20:57

Sorry to hear about Kenny. Known him from working at the bank with my sister in law, Bev Paulson. The Huddle was a great place to go and he made it exciting. My brother Bevo and I would go on late to have a drink. Kenny was a great man and was always good to me and the family’.
I know he will be missed and prayers to the family.
Ken Paulson-Genoa

Ken Paulson 2018-02-17T11:13:25

I’m so sorry for your loss. We knew Kenny from the bank, but he and my Dad were friends. He was a man that lived by example and had an impact on me as a kid. Prayers for the family.
Linda and Harold Kearney

Linda Kearney 2018-02-17T07:02:35

Joan & family,
So sorry for your loss, I remember Ken being involved in many community events & always loved seeing him at the Huddle!
My prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Marcia Henneberry 2018-02-16T10:19:43


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