Paul Edward Strautz

Thursday, June 7, 2012
Paul Edward Strautz

Services for Paul Edward Strautz, 91, were held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2012, at Grace United Methodist Church in Spencer. Rev. Chuck Kellogg officiated the service.

Interment took place at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.

Paul Edward Strautz, the son of Fred and Bertha (Hoar), was born on Aug. 18, 1920, in Onawa, Ia. He spent his childhood on a farm southeast of Onawa. He attended the Onawa Public Schools and graduated in 1938. After graduation, he attended Iowa State College studying Engineering and then attended and graduated from the Colorado School of Banking. On Sept. 21, 1944, Paul entered into the military serving in the U.S. Navy during WWII. While in the military, he was an Aviation Electronic Technician's Mate. He was honorably discharged on Feb. 18, 1946.

Paul married Dorothy Baustian on March 3, 1943, in Omaha, Neb. Following their marriage, they lived in the communities of Seattle, Wash., Sioux City, Storm Lake, Moville, Des Moines, Nevada, Ankeny and eventually settling in Spencer.

Paul worked for Boeing Aircraft, as an engineer, was a manager for the Farm Service Companies of Iowa and worked for Clay County National Bank retiring in 1986. In his retirement, he worked at Clay County Regional Water. He was a proud member of the Spencer and Marshall Rotary Clubs, where he achieved the Paul Harris Fellow Award. He was also a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and the American Legion in Spencer. He enjoyed woodworking and playing golf and was a big Spencer Tiger fan. Paul was very proud of his family and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Paul passed away at the Prairie Home Hospice in Marshall, Minn. on May 30, 2012, at the age of 91. Paul has resided at Boulder Estates in Marshall the last four years so he could be closer to his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; and one sister, Edna.

Left to cherish his memory are his sons: David and his wife, Kathy of St. Charles, Mo. and Steven and his wife, Susan of Marshall, Minn.; six grandchildren: Sarah Baker (Gary), Kortney Miller (Kyle), Jonathan Strautz (Beth), Christopher Strautz (Andrea), Nicholas Strautz and Laura Strautz; six great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.