Paul Strauch(1953 - 2013)

Paul Strauch

April 26, 1953 - February 26, 2013

From my initial diagnosis to the time of my passing I was given a great gift…the gift of time. Time to spend with friends, reading, focusing on issues I felt were important. I feel blessed and am grateful to so many people who helped during this period. I asked a dear friend to write an obituary for me. She solicited thoughts from friends and spent much time and effort writing and editing. One of the many quotes that touched me was, "part sinner, part saint…all friend". In the end the heartfelt comments from friends and her effort was a gift I treasured. That obituary was for me to read. This poem I wrote summarizes what I feel was most important at the end.

They are giants.

Providing friendship and comfort comes as

natural as breathing.

Magnificent men and women,

I couldn't be prouder to live in their presence.

They only step forward.

They don't turn their backs.

They ask nothing in return.

Their only reward is grateful tears.

I would like to thank those that gave me an

opportunity to be part of their lives.

Peace and goodnight to everyone.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Marie Strauch, and sister, Donna. He is survived by his wife, Carol; son Joseph; step-daughter, Fara Etzel; brothers Steve (Lisa) Strauch and David Strauch; sisters Barbara (Tom) Moore and Lorie (Bruce) Fontaine; numerous cousins, nephews and niece as well as a large circle of close friends.

A Poem for Paul

Dream on Paul Strauch, dream on holy fool

Dream through the weeks of ages

In the moss borne of Oregon rain

Dream on through the Vietnam War

Dream on through time and space and

men on the moon

Dream on through Carol and Joseph

Dream on, colors on a canvas

Dream on Paul Strauch, you are infinity

Dream on, with restless abandon

Nose down and chin up

Fill our senses with your canvasses of beauty

Dream on Paul Strauch, poet, artist

You are a celebration

We live your art we cheer your spirit

Dream on Paul Strauch, dream on holy fool

Down through the ages

In the moss borne of Oregon rain

We celebrate your singular and holy spirit.

-John Ettinger

A celebration of Paul will be held in the Reed Opera House Trinity Ballroom on Sunday, March 10th from 2 to 5 PM. Enjoy drinks, friends, food and a bit of hyperbole. Donations may be made in Paul's name to the Marion-Polk Food Share, 1660 Salem Industrial Drive NE, Salem, OR 9730. Arrangements are by City View Funeral Home.

Funeral Home

City View Funeral Home and Cemetery
390 Hoyt St. South Salem, OR 97302
(503) 363-8652

Published in StatesmanJournal on Mar. 3, 2013