Colonel Jack C Strasser passed away April 12, 2023.
Service – In accordance with his wishes, there will not be a funeral/memorial service.
Memorials- In lieu of flowers, if desired (but not necessary) a donation may be made to the Wounded Warriors Foundation or a charity of your choice.
Jack was born on August 4, 1934 in Hannibal, Missouri. At an early age, his family moved to Evanston, Illinois where he attended grade school and graduated from high school in 1952. He attended Michigan State University where he met his future wife and was very active in school politics, serving as class president for two years. He was also a member of Blue Key National Honor Fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha social fraternity and Excalibur (MSU’s senior honorary of 13 senior men).
After graduation in 1956, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Airforce. Following pilot training he had numerous assignments before a combat tour in Viet Nam where he flew 373 combat missions and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, 9 Air Medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Legion of Merit. He was then stationed in Hawaii at Headquarters, Pacific Air Command followed by service at the Pentagon on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He then attended the U.S. Army War college for one year. His final assignment was with the Military Airlift Command at Scott AFB, Illinois.
When he retired after 24 years of military service he became a Legal Administrator in Illinois before moving to Fort Worth and joining the law fire of Law, Snakard, and Gambill for 5 years. He then became Associate Director of the Texas Workers Compensation Commission. After 5 years he fully retired and purchased a large motor coach for he and his family to enjoy touring the United States and Canada for many years.
Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Lois Strasser, his brother Jim and wife Dodie and his identical twin daughter, Kimberly Leverenz.
His is survived by Barbara, his loving wife of 65 years, his twin daughter, Karol Arnette, 5 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.