Gary G. Strahm, 70, of Harbor, passed away Sept. 19, 2012, into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father, at his home, surrounded by family. He died just six weeks after being diagnosed with aggressive lung cancer.
Gary was born Nov. 11, 1941, in Hawthorne, Nev., to Harve and Ruth (Wilkins) Strahm.
The family moved to Brownsboro when Gary was 2 and then to Phoenix when he was 7. They moved to Brookings when Gary was a sophomore in high school.
Following graduation, he attended Oregon State University (OSU) where he earned a degree in Forestry and a degree in Business. During his college years, Gary returned to Curry County in the summer and on holidays to work with the U.S. Forest Service.
Following graduation from OSU, Gary was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in San Francisco during the Vietnam war.
He returned to Curry County to work for the forest service from 1968-1971 before being transferred to the Trout Lake, Wash., area where he worked three more years.
Gary resigned from the forest service in 1974 and returned to Curry County where he joined his dad and brother farming lily bulbs. He worked with them for more than a decade. Gary would succeed his dad and brother in the business, and operated it until retiring in 2006. He then owned and operated Strahm’s Storage on his former farmland.
Gary married Sonja Hagen May 13, 1967, in Brookings.
He was a member of Grace Bible Church most of his adult life and served on their board for more than 40 years as a deacon and church treasurer. In addition to the church board, Gary served on the Brookings Harbor School District board and the board of directors for the Curry County Soil Conservation District. He was also a loyal Bruin football fan.
Gary enjoyed being outdoors. He liked to hunt and fish, and since retiring had taken up camping, fly-fishing and kayaking. He also loved to reload his own ammunition which he often custom-designed. Earlier in his life, Gary was a private pilot and owned several different aircraft. His love of his family and spending time with them was a hallmark of Gary. His family will remember him as an honest, gentle, caring and faithful husband, father and grandfather who loved the Lord. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include Sonja, his wife of 45 years, of Brookings; daughter and son-in-law Debbie and Don Hodges of Puyallup, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law Devan and Hollie Strahm of Brookings; grandchildren Jake and Emma Hodges, Gabe, Joe and Mia Hoenke, Aiden and Lily Strahm; brothers and sisters-in-law Rod and Kathy Strahm of Clovis, Calif., and Steve and Linda Strahm of Brookings; sister and brother-in-law Shirley and Carl Bowden of Brookings; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Sylvia and Mark Baker; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gary was preceded in death by a brother, Dwight Strahm.
A celebration of Gary’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Grace Bible Church, 302 N. Hazel St., in Brookings. Pastor Wil Winter will officiate, and will be assisted by Rev. Dr. Gordon Myrah. A luncheon reception will follow at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Bible Church’s International Bible distribution fund, P.O. Box 1135, Brookings, OR 97415.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.
Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.