Wayne Armand Strohecker, a Portland gourmand noted for his knowledge and love of wine and passion for food has died at age 89 in his Lake Oswego home on Friday evening. Wayne was the iconic 'face' of Strohecker's grocery, the West Hills specialty food store opened by his grandfather, Gottlieb Strohecker in 1902. The store was a multi-generational business founded on the premise that customer service was paramount and the availability of obscure wines, grocery items and regular foods its foundation. Wayne and his extended family continued the tradition of locating worldwide nearly any item for a customer. "If you want it, we'll find it," he often said. He led the way for expansion of the remarkable wine department further spurring the art of wine-enthusiasm and tasting in the Pacific Northwest. Monthly, you could find Wayne gathering at the Tiffany Center with his close friends in the Good Ole Boys Club, a collection of restaurateurs, hoteliers, and vintners. There, they would share a favorite or new bottle of wine, a fabulous meal during a day of humorous story-sharing and business updates.
Born: September 7, 1922
Preceded in Death By
Mary Fairchild Strohecker, Spouse
February 11, 2012, 11:30am
Adams Chapel in River View Cemetery
March 3, 2012, 2:00pm
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