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Steven Dale Streich

October 27, 1951 ~ March 4, 2024 (age 72) 72 Years Old

Steven Streich Obituary

Steven Dale Streich, 72, of Boca Raton, Florida, passed away peacefully at home on March 4, 2024.  He was born on October 27, 1951, in Wichita Falls, Texas, to Cecil and Mildred Streich.  He graduated as Valedictorian from W.F. George High School in 1969 and continued his education at Baylor University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973.  Steve continued to Georgetown University School of Dentistry where he graduated Cum Laude in 1979.  He practiced dentistry in Virginia then later in California before retiring to Florida.

While at Baylor University, through The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), Steve studied abroad for one year in Vienna, Austria. During this time, he made lifelong friends and met his partner of nearly forty years, John Van Kleeck. This experience and his love for Vienna determined the trajectory of his life.  It only deepened his love of music and fostered his desire to travel extensively, which he enjoyed throughout his life.

Steve was an avid learner of all things, particularly languages, cultures, and history.  He was an animal lover and enjoyed the companionship of a variety of pets throughout the years. He had a passion for people and a notable interest in the lives of those that he cared about.  As his family and friends will attest, he was kind, generous, fun and witty. 

Steve was preceded in death by his partner, John Van Kleeck; his parents, Cecil and Mildred Streich; his in laws, Bill and Doris Van Kleeck; his grandparents, Willie and Belle Streich and William and Martha Joyner; his sister in law, Nelda Louise Streich; and his nephew, Evan Taylor.

Steve is survived by his beloved 24 year old macaw, Papageno; his sister, Susan Streich Hill, and husband, Kendell; his brother, William G. (Bill) Streich; his in laws, Joe and Marilyn Gruberg and John and Carol Grogan.  He had many loving nieces and nephews; Seana Streich Taylor and husband, Casey, and their children, Olivia, Ava, and Ivy; Ryan Streich and wife, Jenni, and their children, Rylee DuBois (husband Dylan), Corban and Reagan; Kyle Streich and wife, Jodi, and their children, Easton, Harrison and Hudson; Jared Streich; Rebekah Richard and husband, Jerah, and her children, Henry, Leo, Edith and Otto Streich; Daniel Gruberg; Lauryn Hill Cruickshank and husband, Scott; Geoffrey Hill and wife, Mary Margaret, and their daughter, Gabriella; and Lauren Grogan Sparks and husband, Benjamin.

To honor Steve’s life, there will be a Celebration of Life ceremony for family and friends.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Steven Streich to IES Abroad, 33 West Monroe Street, Suite 2300, Chicago, IL 60603-5405.

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