Richard A. "Dick" Strautman
Richard A. “Dick” Strautman, 75, died March 23, 2007, at Boswell Memorial Hospital. Dick formerly lived in Grand Junction and Glenwood Springs.Dick was born March 1, 1932, in Brockton, Mass., to Arnold Strautman and Eunice (Marden) Strautman. He married his teenage sweetheart and love of his life, Olive “Ollie” M.C. Peters Dec. 27, 1952, and the pair enjoyed 54 wonderful years of marriage. Dick performed intelligence work for the U.S. Army in Europe during the post-World War II era.He settled in Manhattan, Kan., with his family, and attended Kansas State University. He adored his three children, and spent endless time teaching them many activities. Dick instilled his strong work ethic and moral values in his children.Dick was a man of amazing intellect and witty humor, held strong conservative political views, and never missed an opportunity to share his opinions on any topic. Dick achieved remarkable success in his career, first as a pharmaceutical salesman for Hoffman LaRoche, and then as a stock broker at Boettcher & Co. and Dean Witter Reynolds. He garnered the trust and respect of people he worked with. Dick continued his military duties, serving in the Kansas, New Mexico and Colorado National Guard units, retiring as a Sergeant First Class. Dick was also a commander in the Colorado Civil Air Patrol. He belonged to the Quiet Birdmen organization and was an expert Ham Radio operator (KA0SKY). He served as a citizen sheriff for the Bernalillo County, N.M., Sheriff’s Department. An avid marksman, Dick was named an All American and won numerous state trap shooting titles in Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.Dick was active in civic organizations including the Elks, Lions, and Boy Scouts of America. He obtained his Eagle Scout and the Order of the Arrow award. He and Ollie retired to Arizona in 1997, and started “Ollie’s Olde World Imports,” selling their jewelry and other crafts at Irish/Celtic festivals. Dick is survived by his wife; children Karen (Steve) King-Biernacki of Farmington, N.M., Catherine Carol MacRury of Aztec, N.M., and Eric (Carolyn) Strautman of Glenwood Springs; sister Charlotte Rise Strautman; grandchildren Angela, Andrea, Natalie, David, Michael, Chelsea, Brittany, Kendall, and Colter. Dick will be greatly missed by all those who love him. He was a beloved husband, respected father, competitive marksman, and accomplished pilot.A private memorial celebration of Dick’s life will be held Friday, March 30. Condolences can be sent to 16206 W. Starlight Drive, Surprise, AZ 85374.
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