Highland: Obituaries

James Strawn Jr., 62

James Strawn Jr.
James Strawn Jr.

James Raymond Strawn Jr., 62, of rural Pocahontas died on Monday, Dec. 28, 2015, surrounded by his wife and family.

Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2 at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2 at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville, with the Rev. Billy Blackman officiating. Full military honors will follow by VFW Post 5694 and American Legion Post 439, both of Highland.

He was born on Nov. 23, 1953 in Belleville to James Raymond Sr. and Doris M. Ballwin Strawn.

Mr. Strawn attended local schools, high school and college, getting his ITT mechanical degree. He served the country in the United States Army. He was honorably discharged on March 6, 1975.

Mr. Strawn worked for Basler Electric for 20 years in Highland. Prior to Basler, he worked for American Steel in Granite City. He lived most of his life in Pocahontas.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, and riding with the “Dream Weaver” motorcycle group in the St. Louis Riverbend area. He was also an active participant of the Woodmen of the World for many years.

He was united in marriage to Virginia Rieke.

He is also survived by a daughter, Sherri L. (fiancé Bill Bone) Johnson of Pierron; sons, Jonathon (fiancé Alexis Peterson) Strawn of Pierron, Thomas (Michelle) Rieke of Highland; and his beloved babies, Buddy and Sarge. He is also survived by his mother, Doris M. Strawn.

He was the loving grandfather of seven, Steven R. Kilzer, Krystallyn N. (Justin) Rode, Miranda E. (fiancé Garrett) Kilzer, Danielle M. Armistead, Zachary A. Johnson, Kayden Suh, Charlotte Strawn, and Brad William Johnson Jr., who passed away on May 5, 1995.

He was the great-grandfather of Rylan, Reis, Levi, Ayden and Ambrie. He was the brother of George Strawn of East St. Louis, Richard (Lisa) Strawn of Fayetteville, Ruth Ann Strawn of Mount Vernon, Tina Strawn of Mount Vernon and Arnold Strawn of Fayettville. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Harold Joe Strawn, who passed away as a child.