Joseph Streeper

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
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Joseph Streeper, 84, Velva, and formerly of Sawyer and Dillon, Montana, died on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 in a Minot hospital.

Joseph Briar Streeper was born on July 17, 1935 in Minot, to Joseph and Lola (Briar) Streeper. He was raised and educated in Sawyer and graduated from Sawyer High School in 1953. He attended the University of North Dakota - Grand Forks, but college was interrupted by his entry into the U.S. Army. He served from July of 1954 until March of 1956, primarily in the Bahamas prior to his honorable discharge. He returned to college at U.N.D. and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. Following his graduation, he was employed by an engineering firm in Anaheim, California, and as a substitute teacher. Later, he received a master’s degree in Physics from U.N.D.

Joseph was once married to Donna Engelkes and they made their home in Dillon, Montana, from 1969-1980, where Joseph was a professor in the Physics Department of Western Montana University. He transferred to Minot State University in 1980 and was a member of the faculty there until 1998. During this time he resided in Sawyer. Also, he played guitar and bass in various dance bands for many years. Most recently, he had resided in Velva for the past year.

Joseph especially enjoyed traveling, fine food and wine, skiing, reading, movies and beautiful scenery.

Joseph is survived by his children, Terry Brevig of Karlsruhe, J. Steven Streeper of Minot and Elizabeth “Lisa” Caplis (Micky Merck) of Karlsruhe; special son-in-law Timm Schoenwald of Aurora, Colorado; dear friend and mother of his children Donna Engelkes of Monida, Montana; grandchildren LaTeri (Darren) Ponsiano, Gregory Schoenwald, Lachele Klink (Matthew Watters), Shawn Streeper and Jareth Streeper; great-grandchildren Bradley and Bailey Ponsiano and Charlee Klink; and several nieces, nephews and cousins, including Marsha Renner, Barbara Byorum and Bruce Byorum.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, sister Carole Byorum and infant brother Bruce.

A Celebration of the Life of Joseph Streeper was Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Sawyer School Auditorium with Pastor Jonathan Starks officiating. Interment will be in the Sawyer Community Cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the Thomas Family Funeral Home - Minot.

Memorials are preferred to the Sawyer Cemetery or Barrett Hospice of Beaverhead County Montana.

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