Melvin H. Strait, 93, of Lenox passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at Greater Regional Medical Center, Creston, Iowa. No services are planned. Inurnment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Presbyterian Church in Lenox. Pearson Family Funeral Service, 809 W. Montgomery St., Creston, Iowa is in charge of the arrangements. On-line condolences may be left a www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
Melvin Harry Strait, the son of Rolla and Mabel Sophie Katie (Ladendorf) Strait, was born on April 6, 1922, in Soldier, Iowa. Melvin graduated from Ute High School with the Class of 1940. After graduation, he joined the United States Coast Guard and served from 1942-1946 during World War II. After his discharge from the service, he owned a restaurant business in Lincoln, Nebraska for twenty-five years.
Melvin was united in marriage to Vivian Ruth Moore on September 22, 1951, in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1965, he and his family moved to Lenox where he began farming. Melvin was a member of the American Legion in Lenox. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, farming and taking care of his livestock.
Left to cherish Melvin’s memory is his wife, Vivian Strait, Lenox; his son, Steven (wife Kathleen) Strait, Creston; Two Grandchildren: Stacie (husband Kirk) Van de Grift, Winfield, KS; and Michael (wife Lydia) Strait, Dallas, TX; Three Great-grandchildren; his sister, Virginia Keating, Ute, IA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Preceding Melvin in death were his parents; his brothers: Norman, Marion, and Floyd; and his sister, Berniece Wimmer.