The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 12, 2013

Wilbur E. Strawser, 83, Mount Pleasant Mills

The Daily Item

— MOUNT PLEASANT MILLS — Wilbur E. Strawser, 83, of Mount Pleasant Mills, formerly of McAlisterville, passed away at 3:10 p.m. Friday, Oct.11, 2013, at his home.

He was born May 13, 1930, in Fayette Township, Juniata County, a son of the late Clair A. and Mabel C. (Shelley) Strawser. On Jan. 6, 1951, he married his first wife, Marian E. (Shellenberger) Strawser, with whom he spent more than 25 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on Sept. 26, 1976. On Dec. 15, 1977, he married his surviving wife, Shirley A. (Diffenderfer) Freed Strawser, with whom he spent nearly 36 years of marriage.

He was a 1949 graduate of Fayette High School, McAlisterville.  

Wilbur was employed as a truck driver for Eastern States Agway, John Arnold Feed Mill, Mandata Poultry, as well as a self-employed poultry farmer.

He was a member of Dreisbach United Church of Christ, Mifflinburg.

Wilbur enjoyed woodworking, golfing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Along with his wife Shirley, he enjoyed volunteering at the Bethesda Mission, Harrisburg.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children and their spouses, Barry and Norine Strawser, Terry and Carol Strawser, Christopher and Connie Strawser, Lori and Barry Lauver, and Craig and Amy Strawser, all of McAlisterville, Lisa Strawser, of Millville, and Kelly and Carl Berkheimer, of Richfield; one brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Carolyn Strawser, of McAlisterville; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Dale and Palmer Strawser.

A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday in Bunkertown Church of the Brethren, Bunkertown, followed by the funeral at 11 with Pastor Michael C. Romig and Pastor Gregory Jones officiating.

Interment will follow in the Goodwill Cemetery, Bunkertown.

For those who desire, memorial contributions in Wilbur’s memory may be made to Bethesda Mission, P.O. Box 3041, Harrisburg, PA  17105-9982, or to Central PA Youth Ministries, P.O. Box 189, Shamokin Dam, PA  17876.

The Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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