December 9, 1934 - March 26, 2021
Merle Thomas Strawn, 86, of Bay City, our witty, hardworking, and most devoted father and Papa passed away on Friday, March 26, 2021. Merle was born in Bay City on December 9, 1934 the son of the late John and Dorothy (Beson) Strawn. While at a dance, he happened to meet the former Kathleen Ann Genow. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on October 23, 1954. After 39 years of marriage, Katie preceded Merle in death on December 7, 1993. Merle retired from General Motors, where he worked in skilled trades as an electrician. This led to his natural hobby of tinkering. He had a wonderful green thumb and also enjoyed fishing, hunting, raising all types of birds (especially swans), and most of all, time spent with his loving family. Merle leaves to carry on his legacy, his daughter, Cindy Harris and daughters-in-law, Vicky Strawn and Michelle Strawn. He was the most loving and supportive Papa of Chrissy Harthausen, Lisa McAlister (fiancé, Ben Salinas), John McAlister, Valerie Strawn, Jared (Caitlin) Strawn, Tonya (Eric) Smith, and Heather (Bill) Kedron. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, who were the lights of his life: Jacob, Katie, Trenton, Kaitlyn, James, Lacey, Connor, Alex, Krystian, Kaden, Kaiya, Lennon, and Alivia, along with countless nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents and his wife, Katie, Merle was welcomed Home to Heaven by his sons, Daniel Strawn and James “Porky” Strawn, and siblings, John (Barb) Strawn, Alice (Joe) Protasiewicz, Virgil (Ellie) Strawn, and Axie (Ray) O’Dell. Merle’s family will be present to receive visitors on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 10:00 AM until Merle’s 11:00 AM Life Celebration at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 821 N. Pine Rd., between Ridge & Center. Pastor Joe Atchinson will officiate with interment to be held in St. Anne’s Cemetery, Linwood. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Humane Society of Bay County. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.
Merle Thomas Strawn, 86, of Bay City, our witty, hardworking, and most devoted father and Papa passed away on Friday, March 26, 2021. Merle was born in Bay City on December 9, 1934 the son of the late John and Dorothy (Beson) Strawn. While... View Obituary & Service Information
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