Msg Ted C. Strait
Chapel Hill Gardens
4400 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines, IA
MSG Ted C. Strait


Cape Coral, FL - Army Master Sergeant (MSG), Ted C Strait, 62, of Corning, IA, passed away peacefully in Cape Coral, FL on May 3, 2013.

Ted was born November 13, 1950, in Corning, IA, and graduated from Corning High School.

MSG Ted Strait enlisted into the Iowa Army National Guard July 8, 1970. He enlisted as an 11B Infantryman in the 1-168th Infantry in Corning, IA, and was a Master Sergeant, assigned to the G Company 334th Brigade Support Battalion upon death. With 43 years of service, he served two tours in Afghanistan and one in Kosovo. He was awarded numerous awards and decorations, to include two Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and earned his Combat Action Badge.

He was preceded in death by his father Carroll and son Bradley.

He is survived by his wife Jacqueline; his mother, Dorothy Willett Fife; his children, Chad (Joy) Strait and Cory (Tammy) Strait; his five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his sister, Linda Johnson and brother, Harvey Peterson.

An Outdoor Memorial Service will be held in MSG Strait's honor on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Pool Pavilion located at Camp Dodge in Johnston, IA. Attendees may use the East Gate near the Tank Park on NW Beaver Drive. Full Military Honors will be awarded to MSG Strait at the Iowa Veteran's Cemetery in Adel, IA, at 2 p.m. Family, fellow servicemen and women, and friends are invited to return to Camp Dodge for a reception and fellowship following the Military Honors at the Veteran Cemetery.

Published by the Des Moines Register from May 12 to May 14, 2013.
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Good friend, Hell of a guy! We will fiss him.
Lonnie Schafroth
May 14, 2013
Jacqueline and family: Ted was a wonderful friend of the Cook family, and I remember him fondly while I was growing up. As a member of the Class of 1968 (mine being Class of 1976), Ted spent many a day at our house visiting with my Brother Jim, who preceded him in death on April 24, 1975. He was ALWAYS very respectful and thoughtful dealing with me, as I wasn't quite 10 years old when he and Jim graduated from CHS. As a longtime Boy Scout Leader, I have always taught my Scouts (including my two Eagle Scouts) to respect and honor ANY Veteran. I will be at the Memorial in spirit, but I can picture the pool area at Camp Dodge as I spent a week there in 1975 at American Legion Boys State. He was a wonderful man, and one of my heroes. I will miss him, and I salute him as a true hero. May God wrap his arms around you now and always.
Jeffrey Cook
May 14, 2013
The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to MSG Ted C. Strait our “Brother-in-Arms”. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Ted. And to Ted it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the devoted and selfless service he rendered to his country during the Vietnam War an Operations Desert Storm, Kosovo and Enduring Freedoms while serving in the U.S. Army. Ted, you served with honor and distinction; we bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at Ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,261 military veteran Legionnaires of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion and the 233 veterans of VFW Post 2238 in Shreveport, Louisiana, we extend our sympathies and our condolences to Teds's family and loved ones.

Stephen J. Lavery, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 South Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109

John Adams, Commander, VFW Post 2238
1245 Gary Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
For the Commanders, Carroll R. Michaud
May 14, 2013
Ted was such a great guy. He would do anything for you. I knew Ted when I lived in Corning and worked at the NFO. We had a lot of laughs and I have many fond memories of our friendship. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Joan Trussell
May 12, 2013
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