Born: April 19, 1951
Died: October 21, 2011
Dr. Frank E. Strehl, DC, DABCI, a longtime resident of Wheaton, Illinois died on Friday, October 21, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Dr. Strehl (“Skip”) was born in Evansville, Indiana, grew up in Owensville, Indiana, and has been in private practice at Strehl Natural Health since 1981. In addition he has been very active in his profession where he moved up the ranks and served as President of the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Diagnosis and Internal Disorders. He has also held the role of Adjunct Faculty Member at the Department of Diagnosis at the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in Lombard, IL lecturing on gynecology and as postgraduate faculty for which he lectured across the country to those seeking to attain their DABCI degrees.
Dr. Strehl graduated from Taylor University in Upland, IN in 1973 with a BA degree in Biology and went on to work for the Indiana Public Health Department of Grant County. He completed graduate school at George Washington University School of Medicine in anatomic pathology where he performed over 300 necropsies before going on to become a necropsy supervisor at Litton Bionetics. Dr. Strehl went on to receive a BS in Human Biology and Doctor of Chiropractic from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, IL. Following some years in private practice, he completed the diplomate program through the American Chiropractic Association’s Council on Diagnosis and Internal Disorders, leading to board certification as a DABCI and expanding his scope into natural internal medicine.
Besides writing hundreds of articles for various medical journals, he served on the Editorial Review Board for Natural Medicine Journal. Through his research and medical practice, Dr. Strehl became aware of the need for new treatments and therefore formulated a variety of custom natural supplements that are available to this day. Dr. Strehl had a lot of personality and from 1995-2003 was host of the lively weekly interactive radio show “Doctor on Call”.
From 2003 until the present Dr. Strehl served as the Northern Illinois delegate to the American Chiropractic Association and was a member of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors for the National University of Health Sciences. He was a member of the ACA’s Long Range Plan Committee, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Committee, and the Wellness Committee, and a member of the ACA’s Bylaws & Ethics Committee.
He was a member of Gary Memorial United Methodist Church of Wheaton where he was an usher and a member of Staff Parish, drove the church van, served the homeless through PADS, and was a frequent “actor” in Bethlehem Marketplace.
Besides his great passion for natural health care, Dr. Strehl was an avid fisherman, boater, golfer, and family man. He started martial arts with his son when his son was 7 and earned a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a 2nd degree black belt in Hapkido. His friends and family knew him as constantly optimistic, zealous for life, and consistently humorous. Few would deny that he was quite a character and many considered themselves lucky to be part of the “Wellcraft email list” that from anyone else might have been considered spam.
Dr. Strehl is survived by his wife of 37 years Nellie A. Strehl, his son Matt Strehl, cousins Jerry Davis, Elisa Burton, Stan Emerson, Phillip Emerson, and Marebeth LaMacchio, mother-in-law Jeanne L. Peters, sister- and brother-in-laws June and Steve Johnson, Linda and Darrell Bliss, and nieces and nephews Jess, Jared, and Rachel Johnson and Chelan, Will, and Allison Bliss. He was preceded in death by his mother Margaret Emerson Strehl and his father Frank Love Strehl.
Visitation will be held at Hultgren Funeral Home in Wheaton, IL from 3:00-8:00 PM on Friday, October 28. Internment at Wheaton Cemetery will be private followed by a celebration of life service at First Baptist Church of Wheaton at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 29.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the “ACA - Dr. Strehl Benefit Fund” (American Chiropractic Association, 1701 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22209).