Gregg Edward Streitmatter passed away on February 27, 2022, and is survived by his loving wife, Nan Girk, and daughters Katie DeGrella and Sally Streitmatter. Also, survived by son-in-law, Ray DeGrella and Randall Werner, grandsons, Alex DeGrella and George DeGrella, granddaughter Olivia DeGrella, brother, Nate Streitmatter and sister, Marsha Lekens. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was born in 1945 in Muncie, Indiana. He attended Broad Ripple High School and worked in his brother’s service station. In 1964, Gregg joined the Air Force. He served for 6 years in both regular duty and the Air Force reserves. Upon leaving the Air Force, Gregg went to work for an electrical contracting company and obtained his Master Electrician License. In 1973 Gregg opened his own electrical contracting company, Streitmatter Electric. He loved owning his own business. In 1981, Gregg became a single father with sole custody of his two daughters and needed more time at home with his girls, so he accepted a position as a sales representative at Leviton Manufacturers. He retired from Leviton after over 20 years and an exceptional sales career.
Gregg exceled at anything in which he decided to invest his time and energy. He spent his life learning a multitude of skills, which he then generously shared with others. He was a life-long student of many disciplines. His greatest artistic achievements were outside of his career work entirely. He obtained a Master Woodworker Diploma for his woodworking hobby that he enjoyed for many years. It was on wood that Gregg’s creative and artistic gifts were most beautifully expressed. He spent hundreds of hours making works of art for friends and family. He also became known as the man to call for many types of repairs. Gregg loved being at home, which he made beautiful with his woodworking skills, resulting in cabinets for all rooms and various pieces of furniture throughout. Other homes of family and friends are also enhanced with pieces of his work.
Gregg never stopped learning and had a wide range of knowledge on many topics of interest. He was very willing to share this knowledge and skills with those who wanted to learn. He was a consummate student of the trades and loved learning practical skills and knowledge from others. Gregg always had a community of good friends that enriched his life. Many of them call him their best friend. He generously gave his time to teach others his trades and share the wisdom collected in all his years. He leaves a huge void with family and friends that cannot be filled.
Donations can be made in Gregg’s memory to Gregg’s favorite and only organizations to which he donated. They are as follows: The Roger Cliffe Memorial Fund. This will benefit the scholarship fund for the Marc Adam’s School of Woodworking. Contact Stephanie at Johnson County Community Foundation. (317) 738-2213. firstname.lastname@example.org. Or the Cataract Volunteer Fire Department, 9582 Hi Ridge Trail, Spencer, IN 47460, cataractfire.com. The chief of this fire department was a good friend to Gregg and was the first responder on scene when needed the most.
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