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William C. 'Bill' Strayer PDF Print
Friday, September 13, 2013 12:13 AM

May 7, 1930-Sept. 11, 2013


William C. “Bill” Strayer, 83, of rural Elida, died at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday of an extended illness in the Roselawn Manor Nursing Home in Spencerville, where he was for a short while.

He was born May 7, 1930, in Amanda Township, Allen County, to Gale and Eulahla F. Boyer Strayer, who preceded him in death.

He married Frances L. Moore on Oct. 11, 1953, whom he met at The Ohio State University. They would have been married 60 years next month. She survives along with three children, Donald E. (Nancy E.) Strayer of Beavercreek, Nancy L. Strayer of Elida and Rebecca R. (Brent) English of Elida; and three grandchildren, Caroline Rose English, Lorraine Frances English and Aaron Strayer English, all of Elida.

Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Betty (John) Blymyer and baby boy Strayer.

He was a lifelong member of the Zion United Methodist Church near Elida.

He was a 1948 graduate of Elida High School and was a 1952 graduate of The Ohio State University, earning a B.S. Degree in Agriculture. He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Agricultural Fraternity and a member of the OSU Livestock Judging team in 1950, which he was recently honored for.

A lifelong farmer, he raised Registered Angus Cattle, which is a 90-year long continuous family tradition, making him the patriarch of the oldest Angus herd in the state of Ohio.

On Thursday, he, his son-in-law and grandson were recognized by the Allen County Soil and Water Conservation District as the 2013 outstanding co-operator.

He served as treasurer of the Ohio Angus Association for 20 years. He was a member of the Auglaize, Van Wert, Ohio, Black Swamp, West Central, Eastern Ohio and American Angus Associations. He was a long-time member and advisor for the Amanda Agricultural 4-H Club.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Zion United Methodist Church, with Pastor Mark Fuerstenau officiating and burial to follow in the Hartford Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville and after noon Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Zion United Methodist Church of Spencerville EMS.


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