Richard William Strawser, 88, of White Pigeon, died at 6:30 a.m. Friday Feb. 24, 2012 at Heartland Health Care Center in Three Rivers, Michigan. Richard (Dick) was born November 25, 1923 in Scott, Indiana. He was the eighth of ten children born to Ethan Allen Strawser and Maybelle (Platz) Strawser. He married Mary Covert on March 19, 1946 in Three Rivers, Michigan.
Richard is survived by his wife, Mary (Covert) Strawser of White Pigeon; a son, Randy Strawser of White Pigeon; two daughters Tandy (Charles) Stutsman of Elkhart and Cindy Strawser of White Pigeon; six grandchildren, Chris (Amy), Cameron (Margaret), Chad (Kate), and Tyson Stutsman, Shawn (Holly) Strawser and Stacey (Todd) Wordelman; seven great-grandchildren; and sister Betty Lampen of Jones.
He was preceded in death by six brothers, Walter, Kenneth, Ernest, Herbert, Harold, and Allen Strawser; and by two sisters, Gladys VanZile and Pauline Adams.
Dick was a 1942 graduate of Scott High School in Scott, Indiana where he enjoyed playing baseball and basketball. He served during WWII with the Army field artillery in the Pacific Theater. Dick was employed by Sturgis Newport Business Forms as a linotype setter for over 30 years, and was president of Local Paperworkers 1032. After his retirement, he served as a White Pigeon Village Council member, Village Building Inspector, Council President, and as Chairman of the White Pigeon Township Sewer Board.
Friends and family may gather from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday March 3, 2012 at the Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon, where a memorial service will begin at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Wilbur Brandli officiating. Military interment will follow in White Pigeon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the White Pigeon American Legion.