Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Updated Obituary - Herman Ivon Strauch Jr.

Funeral services for Herman Strauch of Butler, Missouri will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler. Visitation prior to services from 10 - 11 a.m. Saturday, October 2 at the Schowengerdt Chapel. Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions to Butler Elementary Library or Bates County Relay for Life. Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

On September 24, 2021 Herman I. Strauch, Jr., Age 90 of Butler, Missouri passed away peacefully at Butler Center. He was born April 6, 1931 to Herman I. Strauch Sr. and Velda A. (Chandler) Strauch in Lincoln, NE. He attended grade school there until his family moved to Independence, MO. There he went to Columbian grade school, and graduated from Northeast High School in 1949. After graduation he got a job and met Shirley Irene King, and after dating a very short time they were married April 29, 1950. To this union 3 children were born, Linda Diane, Susan Denise, and David Alan. They celebrated 53 years of marriage until Shirley’s passing in 2003. He was a loving father and very proud of them all.

Herman worked at Blue Valley Foundry in Kansas City with his father for 15 years. In 1961 his sister and brother-in-law bought the Ford dealership, Barr Motor Company, in Butler and offered him a job. What a change from the dirty, hard, hot work of the foundry to selling cars! He took the job and commuted for almost a year, until their 3rd child was born in March of 1963. The family moved to Butler November of that year, and mother was not a fan. She was the first of 8 siblings to leave Independence, we had a lot of company for a couple of years. Later she would admit, that was the best move they ever made. Herman retired from selling cars in 1991 due to the loss of his leg from cancer, but he could always tell you who bought what car!

In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, camping, and traveling. The family spent many a weekend at Lake of the Ozarks, where his folks had a cabin. There was always work to do, but they played hard as well. There would sometimes be 16 or more, if we brought friends, in a small one room cabin. There was always lots of good food to eat and mischief to get into. Herman and his brother, dad, and brothers-in laws, loved to get the “big” ones - lots of fish stories were told around the table. In the early years they always took a family vacation, Dad saved half dollars and quarters all year so we could have a steak dinner one night. The folks like to take their grandchildren with them when possible, Branson was a favorite destination. They loved to camp by the river fish early in the morning and have pancakes for breakfast.

Herman was very active in the community, not only as a car salesman, but in the government as well. He was a former President and member of the Chamber of Commerce, a city councilman and a founding member of the Bates County Relay for Life which he sold tons of tickets at the Wal-Mart parking lot. He loved his community and all the people.

Herman was baptized a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1959 in Independence, MO. He was very active in the church and served as a Deacon. After moving to Butler, he was called to the office of Priest and in 1984 he and Shirley started attending the Adrian Restoration Branch of Jesus Christ church in Adrian, MO where he held the office of Elder, and served as treasurer for many years. He loved his church family and shared many a joyous time at the potluck lunches.

Herman is survived by his family: Daughter Linda Diane Allison, Butler, MO, grandson Micah (Mandy) Allison and great-grandchildren Charlee, Cobee, and Caylee Allison of Angelton, TX; Daughter Susan Denise (Kevin) Munsterman of Appleton City, MO, grandson Junior (Rena) Munsterman and great-grandchildren Eli, Alyzabeth, Olivia, Isabelle, Emmalea, Orianna and Ammon Munsterman of Odessa, MO, granddaughter Delana Ann Munsterman, Appleton City, MO; Son David Alan (Kim) Strauch of Springfield, MO, grandchildren Ben (Shelby) Strauch, grandchildren Greyson and Rowyn of Adrian, MO, son Joe (Katelyn) Strauch, great-grandson Joey of Lee’s Summit, MO, grandchildren Mitchell Trafford of Houston, TX, Mallory Trafford, Kansas City, MO, Mason Trafford, Aurora, Colorado and Marek Trafford USMC Camp Pendelton, CA; Sister and brother-in-law Sandra “Sandy” (Gordon) Stevens of Lee’s Summit, MO and their family and a host of nieces and nephews and friends. Herman was preceded in death by his parents, loving wife Shirley in 2003, sister Beverly Jean Strauch, sister and brother-in-law Bobby and Kenny Barr, and brother Jerry Strauch.

Dad will forever be remembered as the Candy Man always having a pocket full on his scooter. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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