Lawrence James Strausbaugh, 88, Joplin, Mo., died April 9, 2012, at his home after a sudden illness.
Lawrence was born Dec. 1, 1923, in Paola, the son of James Anthony Strausbaugh and Laura Burke Strausbaugh.
He graduated from Paola High School and attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence while he was serving in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy during World War II in the Asian-Pacific Theater.
He worked for Meadowgold Dairy for several years, and then he worked for AAA Refrigeration as a serviceman until his retirement.
He married Marjorie L. Slane on Aug. 4, 1943, in Parsons, Kan. She preceded him in death on Dec. 8, 2007.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Anderson, and a son, Tom Strausbaugh.
Survivors include a son, Greg Strausbaugh (Paula) of Joplin; a daughter-in-law, Linda Strausbaugh of Carl Junction., Mo.; grandchildren, David Anderson, Kelly Anderson, Tamara Strausbaugh, T.J. Strausbaugh, Steven Strausbaugh (Beth), Nancy Martinez (Chris), Bryan Strausbaugh, Kris Strausbaugh, and Mychael Strausbaugh; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He leaves behind his beloved cat, Rascal.
Graveside services were Thursday in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery with grandsons serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were by Parker Mortuary and Crematory, 1502 S. Joplin St., Joplin, MO 64803, (417) 623-4321.
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