David A. Strause, 84, Korea vet, former Yerger Brothers president, St. Paul Lutheran parishioner

By on January 4, 2017

David A. Strause, 84, of Lancaster, died on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, after a brief illness.

Born Feb. 4, 1932 in Reading, he was the son of the late Dr. Harold L. and Emma (Berger) Strause. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sara “Sally” (Hiles) Strause.

David was a graduate of Reading High School and Oregon State University. He began his career as a forest product developer, researching the manufacturing of plywood and particleboard. After moving to Lititz, he began a career in business, working for Yerger Brothers Inc., and eventually became president of the company, retiring in 1987. For several years following, he and his wife owned Functional Furniture in Manassas, Va.

David Strause served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War in which he was awarded the Purple Heart.

While living in Lititz, he was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lititz. After moving to Lancaster, he was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his four children: the Rev. Kurt S. Strause, husband of Lois Strause, of Lancaster; Ann S. Taylor, wife of Orville Taylor, of LaPlata, Md.; Dr. Roger H. Strause, husband of Lisa Strause, of Lancaster; and Carol L. Strause of Charlotte, N.C. “Fa” as he was affectionately known, is also survived by six grandchildren: Renata, Dietrich, Elizabeth, and Emma Strause; Emily Meadows, wife of Kenneth Meadows; and Spencer Taylor, husband of Jessica Taylor; as well as a great-grandchild: Riley Taylor. He is also survived by a brother: Dr. Harold L. Strause; and a sister: Patricia S. Sell.

He was preceded in death by a brother: Donald B. Strause.

Services were held Dec. 31 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Lancaster, with the Rev. Keith R. Bitner preaching and the Rev. Ken R. Jetto presiding. Interment was in St. Thomas Cemetery, Bernville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in David’s name to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 540 W. Walnut St., Lancaster, PA, 17603.

Arrangements by The Groffs Family Funeral Home, Lancaster. Online condolences can be left at TheGroffs.com.

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