James E. Strausbaugh

1937 - 2019

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James Eugene "Jim" Strausbaugh, 82, of Findlay, Ohio, went to be one with God on May 12, 2019. He was born on the family farm in Bloom Center, rural Cygnet, Ohio, on February 18, 1937 to Stanley Merle and Ruby Matilda (Dennis) Strausbaugh. An only child, he was the apple of his parents' eyes and worked hard beside them on the family farm, raising steers, milking Holsteins, and growing wheat, corn, and soybeans. He graduated from Bloomdale High School in 1955, where he played baseball and basketball. He also played saxophone in the band, affectionately earning the nickname of "Spike". Furthering his education, he graduated from the Carnegie Institute in Cleveland in 1957, where he studied medical technology. He also proudly served his country for 6 years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves as an artilleryman at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He worked at various companies over the years, including Mennel Milling and Norbalt Rubber, but spent most of his career at RCA/Harris as a Senior Technician, from where he retired in 1991. In 1959, he attended the Cygnet Homecoming Festival with some buddies and a pretty little lady from North Baltimore caught his eye. Her name was Madeline "Madge" Shilling and after 4 years of dating, she became his wife on August 18, 1963. Together they raised their daughter Teresa Elaine, helped his parents work the farm, and filled a home with love and laughter. Madeline passed from cancer in 1986, but Jim was blessed to find a second lovely lady to grace his life when he met Norma Stark at RCA/Harris. They married on November 21, 1987 and spent over 31 happy years together traveling, volunteering, and enjoying life. Jim and Norma particularly enjoyed their volunteer work with Meals on Wheels, which they served for many years. Jim attended St. Michael Parish in Findlay with his wife Norma, although he remained Protestant in faith. Together with first Madeline and later Norma, Jim lovingly cared for his parents as they aged, with Stanley passing in 1992 and Ruby in 2000. Left to keep Jim in their hearts forever are his wife Norma of Findlay, Ohio, his daughter and son-in-law Teresa and Franklin Purtiman of Lexington, Ohio, his sister-in-law Bonnie Smith of Fostoria, Ohio, 9 nieces and nephews, and numerous extended family and friends. Jim was an intelligent, sensitive, and private man with a great big heart. Although quiet by nature, his well-thought-out opinions and discussions were a treat when shared, and his belly laughs and twinkling blue eyes when he was amused could light up a room. He loved his family, friends, pets, a good game of baseball, and Ohio State football. He would have been lost without Norma by his side. He was very proud of his daughter Teresa, especially that she chose Ohio State as her alma mater. At Jim's request, services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore. Memorial contributions in Jim's memory may be made to the charity of one's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.smithcrates.com.

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    Weaver Cemetery [Map]

    Bloom Twp., Ohio 45872

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To : Norma Strausbaugh
Date :Tuesday, May 14th 2019
From : Katie Tyson
You have my sympathy Norma.
Katie Tyson

To : Teresa Strausbaufh
Date :Tuesday, May 14th 2019
From : Bill and Vicki Kuthy
So sorry, Teresa, for the loss of your dear father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Frank.

To : Teresa
Date :Tuesday, May 14th 2019
From : Karla McDonald Shaffer
So sorry for your loss. Cherish the many fond memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

To : Teresa
Date :Tuesday, May 14th 2019
From : Kim Jones
I am very sorry for your loss. I hope your thoughts are soon flooded with good memories and those are what you keep with you always.

To : Norma
Date :Wednesday, May 15th 2019
From : Carlton and Paula
So, so, sorry Norma, Jim will surely be missed. Please call us if you need any help with anything. my cell number is 419-957-4802. Would like to get together with you and Bonnie sometime. love you Paula and Carlton.

To : Norma
Date :Wednesday, May 15th 2019
From : Roy Linda Dotterweich
Norma, So sorry to hear about your husband. You gave him so many years of happiness with all you did together. He is now in God's hands.

God Bless You with all the good memories. Roy & Linda

To : Teresa and family
Date :Wednesday, May 15th 2019
From : Norman Jones
What a moving tribute to your father -- thank you for sharing it. I am so sorry for your loss and am keeping you and your family in my prayers at this difficult time.

To : Teresa
Date :Wednesday, May 15th 2019
From : Deb Reynolds Gordon
Teresa, my condolences at the passing of your father. I remember your parents fondly. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Your fourth grade teacher, Miss Reynolds.

To : Norma Strausbaugh
Date :Wednesday, May 15th 2019
From : Phyllis Gerritsen
Norma I am so sorry to hear of Jim passing we are both widowed just weeks away. We have been thru so much together all these years that we have known each other.
Perhaps when we both get our lives back together we can get together and do something. I am hoping to move back to Findlay but have no time frame.
I will send a card and a donation that you can use as needed.
You will be in my prayers.
God Bless.
Extend my condolence to Teresa and her family.
Phyllis Gerritsen

To : Teresa Frank Norma
Date :Wednesday, May 15th 2019
From : Regina Lukich
Teresa, Frank, & Norma:
Your dad, father-in-law, husband’s memories will live on through all of you. Things learned, love shown, and the wisdom shared is definitely the best part of life.
In Deepest Sympathy to all of you.
Frank’s but also Teresa’s HS friend...

To : Norma
Date :Wednesday, May 15th 2019
From : Randy Shank
Norma, I am so sad to see this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God Bless all of your family.
Randy & Dauri

To : Norma
Date :Thursday, May 16th 2019
From : Vonn Bowers
Norma - I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. You both have always been so kind to me and I miss seeing you at the mall. Please know that my prayers and the Lord are with you in this time of sorrow. - Vonn