Leonard A. Strathman
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On May 5, 2013, former Willits resident, Leonard A. Strathman (93) passed away from complications related to pneumonia. Leonard was born in St. Louis, Missouri on August 17, 1919 and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard immediately following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It was during his service where he met his "wife to be", Lois Messer, who was serving as a WAC.
In 1951, they moved to Willits where both Leonard and his wife Lois ran the Traveler's Hotel, formerly located on Main Street, and later managed the Van Hotel. Leonard also worked as the office manager for Padula Lumber until he retired at the age of 72.
Leonard was preceded in death by his wife Lois and leaves behind a daughter, Linda Cadd (Gary), son Larry (Kathy), grandson Allen Toney (Patrisha), granddaughter Deanna Hays (James), granddaughter Megan Williams and five great grandchildren. He is also an uncle to Bob (Barb) and John Strathman (Joyce) of St. Louis, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers, please direct any donations to Phoenix Hospice of Mendocino County, 100 San Hedrin Circle, Willits, CA 95490 or Willits Senior Center, 1501 Baechtel Road, Willits, CA 95490. Leonard will be interred at the Willits Cemetery and a Memorial Service will be held at the Willits Senior Center on June 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm.
Published in Willits News on May 17, 2013