Ronald F Straessle
August 31, 1934 – August 25, 2021
Ronald F Straessle, 86, of Avilla, passed away on August 25, 2021. Born on August 31, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois, he was a son of the late Benedict and Eleanor (nee LeClair) Straessle. He was also a husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and business partner. He was a charter member of St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Fort Wayne, and coached the school’s varsity basketball team for 13 years, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was the founder of the Fruit Fair, in the early 1960’s, which transitioned to The Plant Center, in 1962, He ran a family business that focused on quality and customer service, and taught his children responsibility, and a strong work ethic. He retired in 1996, he also founded Coliseum Reality, in 1985, and Sport Spot, in 1990. He loved cruises, trips to Shipshewana, Fire Keepers, and various antique, and toy shows. He was an avid bowler, fisherman, master gardener, and an loyal Chicago Bears, and Cubs fan.
He is survived by his wife of over 66 years, Bonita (nee Schnurr) Straessle; children, Jeff (Pam) Straessle, Steve (Penny) Straessle, Tom (Kim) Straessle, John (Dawn) Straessle, Ron (Kara) Straessle , Jerry (Shari) Straessle, Julie (Nick) Gram, Tony (Michelle) Straessle, and Mike (Jenny) Straessle; daughter-in-law, Dianne (nee Hoffman) Straessle; brother, Greg (Trish) Straessle, of Atlanta, Georgia; as well as 40 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his son, Robert Straessle; and sister, Valerie Neenan.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am, Thursday, September 16, 2021, at St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4916 Trier Road, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior. Calling will also be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm, Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 East Dupont Road, Fort Wayne. Memorial donations may be given to St Jude’s Hospital for Children. For online condolences please visit www.mccombandsons.com
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