Robert E. Strauss
Robert Edward Strauss, 89, of Perrysburg, Ohio, passed away Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the Nature Center building at W.W. Knight Nature Preserve, on White Road, in Perrysburg, Ohio.
He was born Nov. 20, 1922, in Chicago, and grew up with his late sister, Dorothy Strauss Keyes, in Wilmette, Ill. He graduated from New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill.
While studying at Purdue University, he was in the ROTC and then served in the 1st Calvary as a First Lieutenant in World War II in the Philippines and Japan. In 1944, before serving in the South Pacific, he married Doris “Dodie” Percy, also from Wilmette.
He graduated from Purdue in 1947 with a degree in mechanical engineering, and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
In the Fox Valley, in Wisconsin, Bob worked for 27 years in the paper industry, mostly for Thilmany Pulp and Paper. He and Dodie raised four children. While there he hunted, enjoyed boating, family life and travel. He was president of their local school board for five years, was active in local politics, and participated for 24 years in an amateur theater group called “The One Nighters.”
In 1973 he moved to Perrysburg, Ohio, where he became vice president of Principle Business Enterprises of Dunbridge. He served as treasurer and for three years was first reader in the Christian Science Church of Maumee. He especially enjoyed the area’s metroparks.
Upon retirement in 1985, he moved to Seven Lakes, where he continued his love of sailing, gardening and reading. He and Dodie traveled extensively.
They returned to Perrysburg six years ago. They would have been married 67 years this December.
Bob is survived by his wife, Dodie Percy Strauss; their children, Lynn Jacobson, of LaSalle, Mich., Peg McCarty, of Glen Arbor, Mich., Kim Polman, of Geneva, Switzerland, and Tom Strauss, of Denver; and nine grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the Way Public Library in Perrysburg, or to the First Church Christ Scientist, in Southern Pines.