In memory of

James Straus

September 15, 1964 - June 21, 2020
From: Early, IA
James Straus

James Straus

Born: September 15, 1964
Died: June 21, 2020
Age: 55
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   James Straus, age 55 of Early, IA, passed away suddenly on Sunday, June 21, 2020, at his home in Early. James Douglas Straus was born on September 15, 1964, to parents Duane and Wilma (Quail) Straus at Loring Hospital in Sac City, IA. He was raised in Early where he and his siblings attended school. James graduated from Schaller-Crestland High School with the Class of 1983.

   James worked for several area farmers as a farmhand for most of his life. He enjoyed going fishing and liked to hunt in his free time. James also enjoyed watching football and was a NASCAR fan. He was a good bowler and played on a league for several years.

   James was a very simple man…the more uncomplicated something was, the more he enjoyed it. He was blessed with a son, Chris, and eventually a granddaughter, Brailey, who brought him such great joy. After she was born, there was nothing he looked more forward to than spending time with her. James will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.

   He leaves behind his mother, Wilma Straus of Early, IA; son Chris ( Lindsey) Straus of Aurelia, IA; granddaughter Brailey Straus of Aurelia, IA; brother Terry Straus of Washington state; sister Tammy (Kevin) Sowers of Zimmerman, MN; many extended family members and friends.

   James was preceded in death by his father, Duane Straus.

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Private Graveside Memorial Service
Friday, July 3, 2020
Early Union Cemetery
Early, Iowa
Open To The Public
6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday
July 2, 2020
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Early Union Cemetery
Early, Iowa


Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 9:52 PM
“Bernie enjoyed working with Norm...he worked hard and was easy to work with. We are very sorry for your family's loss.”
- Bernie & Ann Onnen
Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 12:49 PM
“So sorry to hear of your sons passing Wilma you and family are in our prayers Blessings to all ”
- Shirley Ohden
Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 1:13 PM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Norm was a good guy.”
- Krysten Tatum
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 10:24 AM
“Jim was a very nice person,sorry for your loss”
- Terry & Mary Bruns
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 10:24 AM
“My sympathy to you on Norm! My best memory of him is flying to Cabo San Lucas for David and eyes wedding! He is free of all pain and God bless his soul.”
- Connie Dick Heissel
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10:32 AM
“we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”
- Karen Gruenewald
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