Albert Edward Louis Straub of Boulder passed away June 24 from natural causes. Born May 1, 1933 in Djombang, Java, Dutch East Indies he survived four years of Japanese and Indonesian Concentration Camps as a child during World War II, including Camp Ambarawa 7 where he survived two years alone separated from his mother and sisters. His father had died a POW in Japan in 1943. During the Indonesian revolution he was interned again before being repatriated to The Netherlands in 1946. He served in the Royal Dutch Army, then emigrated to the United States in 1956 and served in the U.S. Army under NATO. He met his wife, Ann, in St. Louis, where he attended George Washington University. He moved to Boulder in 1969, working as an electrical engineer for companies such as EG&G, Technetics, Storage Technology Company and Exabyte. For many years he served as a volunteer with the Boulder Emergency Squad and was a member of the Boulder Ham Radio Club with the call letters WB0CJH. He also enjoyed gardening, photography, reading and vegetarianism He was preceeded in death by his wife, Ann Tichacek Straub, and daughter Jean E.R. Straub. He is survived by his son, Albert William Straub, Jr. of Westminster, daughters Narada Ann Johnson of Denver and Patricia Sydney Solis of Osaka, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. There was cremation Donations in his memory can be made to the Humane Society of Boulder Valley.
Published in The Daily Camera on Jun. 29, 2017.