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Obituary: Paul M. Strand

October 6, 1945 – October 9, 2023

Paul M. StrandPaul M. Strand, age 78, of South Holland, IL, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 9, 2023. Beloved husband of Carol Strand, nee Fleischer. Loving brother of Ronald Strand and Douglas (John Bell) Strand. Brother-in-law of John (Judith) Fleischer, Gayle (Roger) Rollins, and Lynne (Douglas) Stebbins. Also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents Richard and Susan Strand.

Paul always loved nature. Following his graduation from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, he became a naturalist for Cook County Forest Preserve District, Sand Ridge Nature Center. A knowledgeable teacher, Paul inspired many to appreciate all facets of the environment, but especially prairies, dunes, and birds. His influence led other enthusiasts to preserve natural habitats, leading to a significant rise in the number and quality of protected spaces in Indiana and Illinois. An active member of Save the Dunes, Nature Conservancy and Audubon among others, Paul was tireless in his advocacy for our natural world.

Private services will be held. Memorial contributions may be given to Save the Dunes.

Arrangements entrusted to Smits Funeral Home, Dyer, IN. For more information, please call 219-322-7300.

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