This column is about one of the nicest, most accomplished people I know. It’s about Markus Strobl. Not too long ago, Markus ran a successful business here. He called it “The Glasermeister” because that’s what he is, a master craftsman in glass. Churches far and near reflect his skill and training through their huge restored stained glass windows. Markus has also created beautiful smaller stained glass works of art for a variety of purposes during his career.
Beyond that, Markus is a highly educated man with a proclivity for military history and, of all things, creating military miniatures with an attention to detail that is hard to imagine unless you see it – and care about that particular hobby. An interest in military miniatures is something Markus and I share in common. I’ve collected lead soldiers since I was a kid. It’s not a hobby for everyone, nor is it a hobby in which large numbers of people engages; but, if you enjoy holding history in your hand, creating or collecting military miniatures could be a passion.
Markus Strobl is originally from Cologne, Germany. His family has been involved, in one way or the other, in glass for four generations. He has the equivalent of a Master’s degree in glass craftsmanship. Since moving here, though, Markus has been more than just a unique craftsman restoring deteriorated stained glass windows or creating works of art in glass. He has been our high school soccer coach. He has been active in his church. He’s the father to two daughters, and he’s a marvelous addition to this community. He’s engaging, he’s hospitable, and he has a wonderful, clever, personality. Simply stated, Markus is just fun to be around. Anyone who has ever attended one of the parties at his home on the northwest corner of Third and Perkins knows that he loves to have a good time.