Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 9, 2013

Joseph L. 'Joe' Strang

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Joseph Leroy Strang, 78, of Traverse City, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2013, at his home in Traverse City.

Joe was born on Saturday, Jan. 19, 1935, to the late Frank and Lucy (Davis) Strang in Traverse City. He married the former Pearl Gates on Friday, Dec. 7, 1962, in Traverse City.

He served our country as a member of the U.S. Army and later as a member of the Army Reserves.

A gifted upholsterer, Joe worked for many years for Riehl Upholstery as well as working on his own.

He enjoyed camping, gardening and watching birds, but especially enjoyed dancing the polka with his wife, Pearl.

Joe had been a member of the Eagles as well as Cherryland VFW Post 2780.

Joe is survived by his sons, Timothy (Janean) Strang, of Traverse City, and Russell (Holly) Strang, of Tollesboro, Ky.; grandchildren, Crystal, Carrie, Candie, TJ, Kayla and Karly; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Amil (Ellen) Strang, of Buckley, and Donald (Mary) Strang, of Kingsley; sisters, Joyce Maidens, of Traverse City, Marion Madison, of Iowa, Janet (Ronald) Baerlocher, of Roscommon, Donna (Murl) Evans, of Lansing, and Dorothy Weiler, of Traverse City; and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are special friends, Nancy Kolodziej, of Traverse City, and Lori Brock, of Gaylord.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl in 1984; by his sisters, Opal Turner, Florence Burton and Frances Lewis; and brothers, Frank Strang and Glen Strang.

The memorial service for Joe will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, June 17, at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with interment following at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Please share your thoughts and memories with the family by way of Joe’s online guestbook at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.