Dan Keith Strauss, 82, of Amherst, passed away Friday, September 13, 2013, at Cleveland Clinic, following a brief illness. Dan was born March 17, 1931 in Elyria, and raised in Amherst, graduating from Amherst Central High School in 1949. Amherst has been his lifetime home.
Dan proudly served in the United States Air Force. He was in the 92nd Periodic Maintenance Squadron. Dan was self-employed, owning and running Strauss Construction Company, a builder for commercial and residential construction. Dan loved to work and never retired, working on several design projects as recently as last week. Dan was a member of Amherst Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie #1442, American Legion Post 118, Vermilion Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7576, and Vermilion Amvets Post 22. He was also a member of Lorain County Home Builders Association, serving as its president in 1968, and a current member, life director and hall of fame inductee of the Building Industry Association of Lorain County. He was also a member of the Ohio Home Builders Association, where he had served as President and was a lifetime director as well. Dan served for many decades on the Amherst City Planning Commission, as well as the Amherst City Board of Zoning Appeals. Dan loved golfing, boating, bowling and meeting with his friends, the “lunch bunch”, at the old Elberta Inn in Vermilion and most recently, meeting with friends at the Amherst Eagles.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jane Strauss, (nee Lahiff): his sons, Randy Strauss and life companion, Janet West, and Timothy Strauss, both of Vermilion; his daughter, Linda Calhoun and her husband, Don of Amherst; and his grandchildren, Chace and Drew Calhoun, Bruce and Kenny Strauss.
Dan was preceded in death by his brother, Vincent Strauss in 2011; and by his parents, Bernard and Charlotte Strauss (nee Nabakowski).
Friends may call Tuesday, September 17, 2013, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 P.M., at Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 18, 2013, 1 P.M., at the funeral home. The Reverend Mark Pemberton, Pastor of St. Peter United Church of Christ, will officiate. Burial will follow at Brownhelm Cemetery, Vermilion. Military Honors will be presented by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard.
As a possible alternative to flowers, the Strauss family has requested donations be made to Homes for our Troops. They provide homes for severely injured Veterans. You can donate at their website: www.hfotusa.org.