Walter A. Strayer, 89

Walter A. Strayer, 89, of New Knoxville, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Lima Memorial Hospital, Lima.

Born on Jan. 3, 1924, in Shelby County, Mr. Strayer was the son of Edgar and Loverna (Earhart) Strayer.

He married Norma Mae Partington on June 10, 1948, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 3, 1999.

Together, they raised five children, Mary Ann Pence of Houston, Carol (Bruce) Cron of Fletcher, Cheryl (Kenneth) Carr of Sidney, Alan (Kristi) Strayer of Arcanum and Janice (Larry) Gockley, of Sidney.

He was a proud grandfather to 14 grandchildren, Rebecca (Kurt) Hawkins, Tonda Pence, Robert (Val) Pence, Dawn (Jim) Covault, Shelly (Rick) Bair, Darin Cron, Nicole (Rob) DeNeff, Craig Carr, Melissa (Keith) Kauffmann, Sally (Chad) Lemons, Emily (TJ) Otto, Brooke Strayer, Christopher Gockley, and Michelle (Travis) Dorsey, 18 great-grandchildren and one stepgrandchild.

In addition to his first wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Beemer, and a son-in-law, Stephen Pence.

On Aug. 25, 2001, Mr. Strayer married Joanna Harrod Kruse, and she survives along with four stepchildren, nine stepgrandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren.

Mr. Strayer graduated from Sidney High School in 1942. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the owner of Walter Strayer Construction, a farmer and he raised purebred Yorkshire hogs.

Mr. Strayer belonged to the American Legion Post 444 of New Knoxville and was a 50-year member of the Hardin Compromise Grange. He was a former 75-year member of the Oran Congregational Church, Oran, and currently a member of the United Methodist Church in New Knoxville.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Suber-Shively Funeral Home, 201 W. Main St., Fletcher, the Rev. Dennis Gaertner of the New Knoxville United Methodist Church officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cedar Point Cemetery, Pasco with military honors. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the New Knoxville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 119, New Knoxville, OH, 45871, or to the Oran Congregational Church, 6424 Dawson Road, Sidney, OH, 45365. Condolences to the family may be made to