Nels R. Stroud

Nels Robert Stroud, 56, of Lebanon, IL, born March 5, 1955, in E. St. Louis, IL, died Sunday, May 15, 2011 at his residence.

Mr. Stroud worked as a Teacher for Lincoln Middle School in Edwardsville, IL. He received his Masters Degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Collinsville.

He was preceded in death by his:

  • Father: Robert Nels Stroud
  • Maternal Grandparents: William and Mildred Schwarztrauber
  • Paternal Grandparents: Jean and David Ellis

Surviving are his:

  • Mother: Shirley Stroud of Lebanon, IL
  • Brothers:
    • Eric Stroud of Caseyville, IL
    • Guy (Tracy) Stroud of Harrisburg, MO
  • Sister: Sally (Allen) Moore of Collinsville, IL
  • Great Grand Niece, Emma
  • Dear Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins

Memorials:  Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Belleville Area Humane Society.

Visitation: None

Funeral:  Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Collinsville,with Rev. William Engfehr officiating. Private family interment.

Condolences left for Nels R. Stroud:

    Very sorry to here of the loss of Rob. We lost touch over the years but the memories last forever. The family is in my prayers at this time of grief and loss.

    Rick Penny Caseyville IL 62232

    I am saddened to hear my old friend has passed on, though we haven't seen each other in years, I have nothing but fond memories of our many hours together and the outdoor adventures we shared.

    Ken O'Neill Richmond Heights Missouri 63117

    Robbie was one of my best friends as we grew up. i will miss him and know he is in a better place now without any pain. our prayers are with the family

    ray thomas belleville il 62221

    I meet Rob when we were in Boy Scouts back in 1968. We became good friends in high school after spending hours complaining that we didn't like our science and math classes. Rob's red Volkswagen; enough said. Rob loved reading about history, touring the battlefields of Europe, walking Carmen around the campus of McKendree College and he was blessed with the love of family and friends. I will miss our talks and telling stories of growing up in Caseyville.

    Randy Beck St. Charles Missouri 63301

    Mr Stroud was the best 8th grade teacher I had. I will never forget all of those terms he made us do, or the newspaper worksheets, or the videos. I learned so much about history from this man, he actually made me somewhat enjoy history. I got to be the lucky kid who had the biggest locker right next to his room. He was my activity and history teacher. He was the one teacher I was excited to go back and visit. I dont know what kind of student I would be today without him as my teacher for a year. I am currently the most organized nursing student at SIUE and I thank him for that. My thought and prayers are with the family and friends of Mr Stroud and with Edwardsville District 7.

    DImi Jolliff Glen Carbon IL 62034

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Stroud. My son had him as a teacher, and learned a lot in his class. Prayers to his family and school family.

    Laura Accola Edwardsville Il 62025

    I am a 8th grade student right now. I didnt have Mr. Stroud but I have heard a lot of good things about him. Im so sorry for your loss.

    Sammi Jenkins edwardsville illiniois 62025

    I had Mr. Stroud as a teacher back in 1999-2000. He was an amazing teacher and taught me so much. It is individuals like him that help so many students and individuals learn and grow tremendous amounts. I'm immensely grateful that I was given the opportunity to know him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. The world has lost a truly inspirational and wonderful man! God bless.

    Maria Noto Edwardsville Il 62025

    i had mr. stroud in 7th grade and then he told my 8th grade class that i am moving up to 8th grade so i had him again!! mr.stroud was the coolest teacher i have ever had! he had a super smart brain he as super smart at socail studies. he knew everything about it. i well always remember you stroud!! you well be in everyone memories! i liked having him as a teacher he was funny! yeah he gave alot of homework but he was the coolest teacher ever!! MISS YOU STROUD!

    sara messina

    Mr. Stroud was one of the best teachers I have had in 14 years of school. I have never had a teacher that has impacted so many students. No matter if you made an A in the class or didn't pass at all, you left Mr. Stroud's class knowing so much more than you ever expected. His passion for teaching was so evident. I used to go to his class 30 minutes before school just to talk about any thing. Whether it was history, current events, or just the weather, Mr. Stroud was always open to talk. He will be forever missed. RIP

    Shawn Hammond Edwardsville IL

    I'm very sorry for your loss. Mr. Stroud was one of the greatest teachers I ever had and inspired me to become a history teacher. I'm going to graduate college next year with my degree in education and history and I hope to become 1/10 the teacher he was.

    Emily Luenemann

    I was a student of Mr. Stroud when I was in eighth grade at Edwardsville Middle School. I had never enjoyed learning about history until his class. He always wanted to teach new things and never just stuck to what was in the book. He took it so much further and made past events truly interesting. He was a great teacher and will be greatly missed.

    Nicole Arnold Edwardsville IL 62025

    I had the pleasure of having Mr. Stroud during the 2000-2001 school year. He was an amazing teacher and I can say without a doubt, the best I have ever had. I learned so much from him. I remember the countless terms we had to know, but still to this day I know that FDR's dog was named Fala -- hopefully that will come in handy one day. I also remember trying to decipher his handwriting when copying down those terms. One unit he had "Strom Thurmond" listed, but due to his questionable penmanship I thought it said "Storm Thunderman." I still laugh about that one. As soon as I heard of his passing, a commercial for a Beatles cover band coming to Tucson came on and it made me smile. Mr. Stroud was an incredible teacher and he will be sorely missed.

    Sarah Bosarge Sierra Vista Arizona 85635

    Mr. Stroud was the coolest teacher. I didn't have as a teacher, but my brother did and he said he was the best. I did have him as a teacher chaperone when I went to D.C. with the 7th grade class. I even went to my brothers wedding about 4 years ago. Condolences to his family, friends and District 7 for losing a great person and teacher.

    Rob Baird Edwardsville IL 62025

    I had Mr. Stroud during the 2000-2001 school year for Social Studies, and he was my favorite teacher. I chose my major in college (Political Science) partially because of him. No other teacher had the same mix of no-bs and legitimate caring that he did, and he will be truly missed. RIP.

    Jessica Martin Bloomington Illinois 61704

    Mr. Stroud was my all-time favorite teacher. He was also a great friend to me and my family even after being my teacher. I will miss him alot.

    Sarah Joyce Brown Deer Wisconsin 53223

    I was privileged to have Mr. Stroud as my social studies instructor for both 7th and 8th grade during his first 2 years of teaching in Edwardsville. After 16 years, he remains the finest educator I've ever known. His enthusiasm and knowledge of history were unsurpassed, and the effort he invested into his students went far beyond that of any teacher I had before or since. He was not content with being only satisfactory, and he held students to the same high standard. Without hyperbole, I can say that I owe my own interest in history, my success in college and graduate school, and my present career to his influence. The world is a poorer place without him, but I believe his legacy will be the thousands of young people he inspired to work hard, think critically, and be effective citizens. I offer my sincere sympathy to his family, and I wish him well on whatever new adventure awaits him.

    Matthew Thompson Salina KS 67401