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John Richard Strawsburg, M.D.

November 14, 1925 ~ April 9, 2013

Dr. Richard Strawsburg, age 87, passed away peacefully in Seattle, WA. Son of the late Harold B. and Vesta Snider Strawsburg, he was preceded in death by his wife Frances Ellen (Furnas) Strawsburg; brother Robert, and sister-in-law Marjorie Strawsburg. He is survived by his wife Phyllis (Willey Hotchkin) Strawsburg of Seattle, WA; sons Jonathan (wife Pam) of Dayton, OH; Stephen (wife Lucy) of Winston-Salem, NC; Richard (fiance; Gail Dilley) of Valparaiso, IN; step-daughter Katherine Grace Bond (husband Andrew) of Mill Creek, WA; step-son Tom Hotchkins (fiance; Allison Roberts) of Seattle, WA; grandchildren Robert Strawsburg, Ben Strawsburg and Anna Wade Strawsburg, and step-grandchildren Sarah Bond, Taelor Warner, Aaron Bond, Tom Bond, and Theo Post.

Dr. Strawsburg lived in Dayton, OH from early childhood, and practiced internal medicine there for over 35 years. Richard met Frances Ellen Furnas while at Ohio State University and they were married on October 25, 1953 in Westfield, IN. After returning to Dayton in 1956, Frances and Richard lived for 39 years in Oakwood where they raised their three sons.

He served as Clinical Associate Professor with Wright State University School of Medicine until his retirement.

Following the death of Frances in 1994, Richard married Frances's dear friend Phyllis Willey Hotchkin of Seattle on August 17, 1996. They traveled between their homes in Ohio, Florida, and Washington before settling in Seattle.

Richard was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, physician, friend, and confidant to many people. He was a man of quiet and solid faith. He influenced the world for better through his time with patients and friends, and was a kind and steady model for his family to follow.

A memorial service and reception will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 4504 NE 45th St., Seattle, May 1, at 1:30. A Celebration of Dr. Strawsburg's Life will be held at Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 NE 100th St., Seattle, May 8, at 1:00 p.m.
Published in The Seattle Times from Apr. 29 to May 5, 2013
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