Bowling Green resident Jerry Truman Straube, age 65, passed away from lung cancer on Feb. 3 2015 at the Moore Pike Nursing Home in Bowling Green. He was born March 3, 1949 to Scott and Annie Straube at the former BB Springs in Bowling Green. He was the fifth of seven children, and was named after President Harry S. Truman. Memorial services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Bibb-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green with Rev. Don Amelung officiating. Memorial visitation was held at 9:30 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
Jerry was raised in Bowling Green, where he attended local schools and graduated in 1967 from BGHS. In January 1968, he enlisted in the US Navy and spent his first year on the USS BobHomme Richard, serving alongside his brother Bob. In 1969, he commenced an overseas tour and served active duty in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in January 1974 and settled in the Washington, D.C. suburbs near his siblings. After moving back to Missouri,he married Pamela Fischer in 1979 and divorced in 1980.
Jerry developed an interest in traveling and for a couple of years he accompanied cross country truck drivers as a loading assistant. He also worked on a variety of construction projects, and was an accomplished carpenter with Gary Wendel’s Carpeting service in Bowling Green for several years.
He was artistic and enjoyed numerous hobbies including drawing, woodworking, and playing billiards. His favorite pastime was collecting a wide variety of music and movies, building an impressive collection over 30 years.
In addition to his military travels abroad, he managed to see a majority of the US through his early cross country drives and visits with his brother David in Florida and Kentucky, family road trips to Wisconsin to visit his sister Joyce, and flying to Alaska, where he spent several summers with his sister Karen.
Jerry was preceded in death by his father Walter Scott Straube, Sr., brothers, Scott, Jr., Bob, and David Straube, sister Rosetta Pagnella, and brother-in-law Chad Drennan. He is survived by his mother, Annie Straube of Bowling Green, sisters Karen “Katie” (Bill) Corbus of Juneau, Ala., Joyce Roloff (Doug Kroft) of Crested Butte, Colo., as well as several nieces, nephews, and extended family.
In lieu of flowers, his family suggest memorial donations be made to Home Care and Hospice (#1 Health Care Place, Bowling Green, Mo 63334), Second Baptist Church (319 W. Church, Bowling Green, Mo. 63334), or to VFW Post 5553 (505 VFW Road, Bowling Green, Mo. 63334).