Donald E. "Don" Streicher
November 25, 1929 - October 24, 2017
Donald E. "Don" Streicher, age 87, a long-time business executive and 52 year resident of the Lisle/Naperville, IL area, passed away October 24, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his family from complications of Pulmonary Fibrosis and lung cancer. He was born November 25, 1929 in Chicago, IL.
Don is survived by the love of his life, Adriana Streicher (nee Agnoli), whom he married October 12, 1963. He was the loving father of Philippe "Phil" (Julianne) Streicher and Gabriella (John Mynatt) Streicher, adored Nonno of Carmela and Francesca Streicher; Evan, Antonia and Philip Mynatt, devoted son of the late Philip and Agnes (nee Upheil) Streicher, dear brother of Marilyn (the late Robert) Hayes, Bernadine (the late Kenneth) Fuhrman and the late Clayton Jerome Streicher, an infant brother, fond cousin, uncle, great-uncle and friend of many.
Don grew up in Chicago's West Side Austin neighborhood and attended Resurrection Grammar School and St. Philip High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1947-1954 during the Korean War, spending time aboard the USS Kula Gulf (CVE-108) aircraft carrier and attended the University of Oklahoma at Norman.
Don began his work career employed with Trans World Airlines (TWA) and Sabena Belgian World Airlines and later entered the tourism industry as an international tour operator. He was in partnership with Poly Tours, London, England; Globus/Gateway, Lugano, Switzerland; and then Unitours, Paris, France. A national and international leader in his industry, Don was an extraordinary man known for his extensive knowledge of travel, his strong character and integrity, acute intellect and sharp sense of humor. Don was honored by his industry with numerous awards including receiving the high honor of the Austrian Knight’s Cross First Class in Gold for his achievements for the Republic of Austria, bestowed from the President of Austria; and the award in Gold for Merits for Austria‘s Tourism Industry worldwide, which is still the highest Austrian Tourism award. Don was selected into La Societe Internationale de Who’s Who; the recipient of the Annual Holland Promotion Award; and selected as a member of the Heidelberg Prince Club.
Don was a longtime member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Lisle, IL and the Judd Kendall VFW Post #3873, Naperville.
He was a Trustee of Rosary High School, Aurora, IL; a lifetime Member of the Abbot Marmion Society, Aurora, IL and a Chevalier in Confrérie de la Chaîne Des Rôtisseurs, Association Mondiale de la Gastronomie.
Don was an avid traveler, reader, photographer, hunter and fisherman. He had a passion for good food shared with dear friends and family.
Don will be remembered by family and friends as a caring and generous man who opened his heart and his home to many.
Visitation Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:30-11:30 AM at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, Kingston and Front Streets, Lisle, IL.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, 11:30 AM at the church.
Private committal services will be held at All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, IL.
Arrangements by Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Naperville, IL.
For more information, please call (630) 355-0213.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to: Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois 60611, (888) 733-6741, www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org