Harold Strangeman, 1942-2020

A Requiem Mass and Committal for Harold Strangeman will be held at St. Andrew's on Sunday, March 8, at 2:30 p.m., followed by a light reception in Pearson Hall.

A funeral will also be held on Saturday, March 7, 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, Mattoon, with a luncheon following at Lake Land College. There will be no visitation.

Memorials in Harold’s name can be made to Lake Land College Foundation, 5001 Lake Land Boulevard, Mattoon, Illinois 61938 or to Blackburn College, Advancement Office, 700 College Avenue, Carlinville, Illinois 62626.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Harold. 
Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, 
a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. 
Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, 
and into the glorious company of the saints in light.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, 
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


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Harold was born in 1942 in Chicago. He married his wife Marilyn in 1970, and they have two children and four grandchildren. He attended Blackburn College in Carlinville, earning a degree in history. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army. Later he earned his master’s degree from Ball State University.

After graduate school, he began teaching at Lake Land College in Mattoon. He also served as director of the LLC Honors Program. He earned the Lake Land College Faculty Association Outstanding Service Award in 2002. He retired in 2004, as a full-time instructor, but continued teaching as an adjunct until 2012.

Harold believed in giving back to his community and was an active volunteer in Mattoon before moving to Edwardsville. He continued his community service in Edwardsville by volunteering at the Stephenson House and at the Edwardsville Children’s Museum until his health kept him from doing so.

(To read a more detailed obituary prepared by Harold's family, click here .)