Leroy Strubberg

Leroy Strubberg, a longtime, accountant, firefighter and an original member of the Union Ambulance District, has died.

Strubberg, 82, New Haven, died Sunday, Sept. 2.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Oltmann Funeral Home, Union. A parish rosary will be held at 1:45 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be Thursday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Union. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

He is survived by his wife Ruth Ann Strubberg, neé Dierking, two daughters, Kathy Langenberg and husband David, Washington, Julie Gaugh and husband Chet, Union, two sons, Jim Strubberg and wife Sharon and Tom Strubberg and wife Kim, all of New Haven.

Born in Union

Strubberg was born May 29, 1936, in Union. He attended Immaculate Conception Grade School and later graduated from St. Francis Borgia High School in 1954.

He then went on to attend St. Louis University (SLU) and where he took mostly night classes because he worked during the day to put himself through school. He received a degree in accounting.

Strubberg worked for Borden Co., Union, as a bookkeeper trainee while in college. He eventually left Borden’s, but did not to burn any bridges — Borden later became the first and biggest client for Leroy Strubberg & Associates Inc.

His bookkeeping business quickly evolved into a full-fledged accounting practice. Other early clients were Purschke Oil, Lakebrink Heating and Cooling, Warren Libby’s Standard and Leo Peirick.

As Strubberg’s business grew so did his reputation in the field. He served five years as president of the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation and seven years on the council’s board of directors.

He earned the professional credentials of enrolled agent, accredited business accountant, accredited tax adviser and accredited tax preparer.

Strubberg also is a longtime member of the National Society of Public Accountants. He served as state director from 1972 to 1976 and received its Outstanding Director award in 1976. He was chosen from 35,000 accountants nationwide as the Accountant of the Year in 1990.

In 1987 Strubberg served on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioners of Advisory Committee. He was one of 12 people across the country appointed annually. He also was chosen as an IRS liaison for a total of six years in Kansas City and St. Louis.

Strubberg also has been active in the Missouri Society of Accountants where he has served as president and board member and received the President’s Award for Outstanding Service in 1978 and 1990. He received the group’s Outstanding Achievement award in 1985.

In 1993-94 he was the chairman of the National Society of Public Accountants Federal Taxation Committee and testified twice before Congress. He also served on the board of directors of the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation for seven years, five of which he served as president.

Strubberg was elected president of the National Society of Accountants in 1996 and appointed to the organization’s executive committee in 1997 where he served as the chairman of the insurance committee.

Community Service

Strubberg served on the Immaculate Conception parish board and was the treasurer of its annual fall festival.

He was a board member of the Industrial Development Corporation for 12 years and served as secretary for six years. He served on the Union Area Chamber of Commerce board for eight years and as secretary and treasurer for six years.

Strubberg was a Union Rotary Club member for over 50 years. He is a past president, a Paul Harris Fellow recipient, and he received the Outstanding Rotarian Award in 2002-03.

He is a past member of the Union Jaycees, an organizer and past board member of the Union Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association, and has delivered meals on wheels for several years. Strubberg also delivers Angel Tree presents at Christmastime.

He was a founding member of the First Bank of Union and served on its board of directors for 12 years.

Other community organizations Strubberg served on include the East Central College Accounting Advisory Board and an Emmaus Home committee.

Strubberg also served on the board of directors for the Franklin County Area United Way. Strubberg served on the Franklin County Youth Fair Board, helped establish the emergency numbering system for the county and helped organize the Union FFA advisory board and is a lifetime member of the FFA Alumni Association and received the Outstanding Civic Award in 1976 and, along with Ruth Ann, the FFA Outstanding Service Award in 2008.

He has been a member of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association for over 30 years, a board member for eight years and helped establish the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association Foundation.

Strubberg also served on the St. John’s Mercy Foundation Board.

Emergency Responder

Strubberg joined the Union Fire Department in 1956 and was recognized two years ago by the Union Fire Protection District for more than 50 years of service he has provided to community.

Strubberg has been recognized locally and at the state level for his many accomplishments.

He was the Union Fireman of the Year in 1971-72 and earned the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri Heroic Lifesaving Award in 1982 and in 1986. One year, Strubberg was named the top responder because he responded to 92 percent of the calls.

Firefighting is not his only experience as an emergency responder. Strubberg assisted in organizing the Union Ambulance District where he served as president and comptroller.

Strubberg and six others recognized that the community was in need of emergency medical services but couldn’t afford it. When Oltmann Funeral Home got out of the ambulance service, it donated its ambulances to the fire department. The “original seven” worked as volunteers to take care of the sick but more needed to be done.

Awards

Strubberg was chosen as the Union Jaycees Outstanding Young Man in 1972, the same year he was named the Union Fire Department Fireman of the Year.

In 1976 he was presented with the FFA Outstanding Civic Award. In 1985 and 1986 he was given the Union Volunteer Fire Department’s Lifesaving Award.

The Missouri State Fire Fighters Association presented him with the Missouri Lifesaving Award in 1983 and 1987. Strubberg was the only person to receive the honor twice.

He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Union Area Chamber of Commerce in 1993 and was named Outstanding Rotarian in 2002.

Strubberg also received the Long Haul Service Award from the Union Area Chamber of Commerce in 2005.