DONALD MILLS STRAUSS, 87, of North Manchester, died at 2:52 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born May 18, 1925 in North Manchester, the son of Daniel Arden and Eileen (Mills) Strauss. Don left high school to enlist in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He attended Indiana University, graduated from Dartmouth College, and attended the Harvard School of Business. He married Billie Jane Grubb in Wabash, Ind. on June 19, 1949; she died March 21, 2004. As a fourth generation member of the Strauss family in North Manchester, he continued the family business, which began in 1875, and was the founder of Strauss Veal Feeds and Midwest Poultry Services. He was a member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity at Indiana University, the North Manchester American Legion, and a past member of the North Manchester Rotary Club. He was a recipient of the North Manchester Distinguished Citizen of the Year award. He was an avid Indianapolis 500 fan, loved his family business, his North Manchester community, and his family. He and his wife Billie supported their community through many philanthropic organizations, including the Peabody Retirement Community, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the Strauss Peabody Aquatic and Fitness Center. He is survived by his two daughters, Sarah (Robert) Krouse and Patricia (David) Grant, both of North Manchester; five grandchildren, Daniel M. (Paige) Krouse of Bloomington, Ind., Samuel R. Krouse of Ann Arbor, Mich., Sarah M. Grant of Chicago, Ill., Leah S. Grant of New York, N. Y., and Emily E. Grant of North Manchester; and his sister, Joanne Strauss Crown of Wilmette, Ill. Funeral service is 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 113 W. Main Street, North Manchester. Pastor Daniel L. Hamlin and Pastor Ladona Webb officiating. Visitation is from 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main Street, North Manchester. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester. Preferred memorials are to Peabody Retirement Community, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Building Fund, or the Community Foundation of Wabash County for the benefit of the Donald M. and Billie Jane Strauss Aquatic Center Endowment. The guestbook for Don may be signed online at grandstaff-hentgen .com.
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Dec. 31, 2012