Harley Lee Strayer

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DEGRAFF - Harley Lee Strayer, 86, of DeGraff, died at 8:55 a.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013, at his home.
He was born Oct. 7, 1926, in DeGraff, a son of the late Ray Sherman and Tena Anna Sidle Strayer.
On April 8, 1951, he married Donna Mae Householder in DeGraff, and she died Nov. 7, 2009. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Strayer; brothers, Donald, Sherman and Robert R. Strayer; and sisters, Lucile Miller and Catherine Kuhn.
Survivors include a son, Stephen (Rita) Strayer, of Bellefontaine; two daughters, Janet (Kevin) Smith and Debbie (Jim) Carey, both of DeGraff; a brother, Richard N. Strayer, and a sister, Louise Beatty both of DeGraff; eight grandchildren, Matthew (Kaitlin) Strayer, of Columbus, Michael (Rachelle) Strayer, of Lancaster, Emilee, Christopher and Nicholas Smith, Alexander, Hailey and Benjamin Carey, all of DeGraff; two stepgrandchildren, Mindy (Carlos) Cioffi, of Bellefontaine, and Jeff (Brandie), Wren of DeGraff; six stepgreat-grandchildren, three stepgreat-greatgrandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He was a farmer, a 1944 graduate of DeGraff High School, and a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked at Midstates Container Corp. for many years, was a member of the DeGraff United Methodist Church, Miami Grange 2158, and Miami Valley Post 652, American Legion, all in De Graff. He also enjoyed being with and doing things with his grandchildren and he plowed gardens for community members for many years.
A services of celebration will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at the DeGraff United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Kymberly James officiating. Burial is in the Greenwood-Union Cemetery, DeGraff.
Friends may call at the Rexer-Riggin-Madden Funeral Home Tuesday, July 30, 2013, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the DeGraff United Methodist Church.
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Published in Sidney Daily News on July 28, 2013
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