Howard "Carl" Strasser
Howard "Carl" Strasser

July 24, 1961

March 18, 2014

Carl will always be remembered for his smile, infectious laughter, his lust for life, and his caring heart. He began working in the family business as a teenager and proudly served several generations. Carl deeply cared for all of his customers at Howard's Chevron who became friends.

Carl touched the lives of everyone around him. He was an incredible husband, wonderful Dad and leaves behind a loving family and many friends. He leaves the world a brighter place and will be deeply missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Reno Elks Lodge, 597 Kumle Lane. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to C*A*R*E* Chest of Sierra Nevada, 7910 N.Virginia St., Reno, NV. 89506

Published by The Reno Gazette Journal and Lyon County News Leader from Mar. 26 to Mar. 30, 2014.
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I love you, Carl. Can't believe you passed. You were the best. I could always trust my car to you. I will miss you and I know everyone who ever came in contact with you will miss you as well. You always had that smile. It was a pleasure and a gift knowing you.
Linda Platshon
April 21, 2014
I just found out about this horrible news today. I have 8 cars and used to have several mechanics but when I was introduced to Carl, I said bye to all of them and stick with Carl. Going to see him was like a therapy to me. We used to laugh the whole time I was there. Even our wife's have the same name. You will be missed buddy!. Love ya!
Gaston Valencia
April 19, 2014

Seems like yesterday when you were working at the Hilton as a Bellman. I am truly sadden. You will be missed my friend. Howard Sr. and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Carl was a people person and took extremely good care of us always.

Gayle, Jessica, & Rebecca Wynia
April 17, 2014
We just found out about Carl and he will be missed. He's always worn a smile from the first time we met him. He was an amazing friend, son, husband and father. He always smiled when talking about what his son was doing at the time. He was very proud of his family. He surely will be missed but never alone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Heidi & Maggie Capurro
April 14, 2014
I just learned of Carl's passing. My deepest sympathy to his family and parents, Howard and Judy. I remember you both fondly from our frienship way back in the 1970's. May God help ease your pain.
Jerry Schneider
April 13, 2014
It seems like only a few short years ago when Carl was telling me of a Girl He fell in love with. I remember how happy he was getting married to the Woman of His dreams and the happy arrival of His Son Matthew. He Loved his Family and was/is an inspiration to Me. I will forever remember the days long, long ago, fishing for lake trout on Lake Tahoe and telling me some of the happy experiences He and His family had. I miss You my friend, and my Condolences to Gina, Mathew, and the rest of your Family. May the thought of You always bring a bright smile to their face and a sparkle in their eye.
Kevin Reutzel
April 11, 2014
Carl was one of the hardest working bosses I have ever had the pleasure of working for. My deepest sympathies to Howard Sr. and the Strasser family.
Christina Durocher
April 10, 2014
Always brought my cars to Carl. Met Him 11-12 years ago. 1st time, ya just knew this is a Great person. We would talk about a sticker on my cars and you always knew this Man was full of compassion and spirit! You are missed, not forgotten and we will say "HI" again!!
Mike Grotte
April 9, 2014
Dear Gina, Matthew, Howard and Judy,
My wife just told me of Carl's passing. This brought tears to my eyes - I cannot even begin to imagine how devastated each of you truly are. My heart goes out to each of you. I was fortunate to know one of the finest men who exemplified a husband, father, son and friend. He knew sacrifice to mean service to others and did so with a willingness and love as no one I have had the opportunity to meet in Reno in the past twenty four years. I thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for sacrificing your time with Carl and sharing him with us. We have been a Blessed City for all that Carl and each of you have been willing to give all these years. I hope that through all of the sadness each of you are able to find peace. Blessings and love to each of you as you remember Carl always.
Ronald and Deanna Gray
April 9, 2014
You will be truly missed! Love, Kris Day. Gloria Day and family.
April 9, 2014
We are very sadden to hear Carl was called to heaven!! He was a very nice man! Always had a smile on his face and always willing to help!!! Great customer service! He will be truly missed in the Reno/Sparks community!!
Joseph Lopez
April 9, 2014
I would bring all my cars to Carl for a smog and other car issues. He always took amazing care of us or anyone needing attention. I'm very sad to hear this.. He will be missed. My thoughts a prayers are with the family and friends who knew him best.
John Mumme
April 9, 2014
Carl was such a joy to see when he came into the DMV over the years, dating back to 1989, as I remember. He'd flash that smile with his dimples and you couldn't help but be uplifted for the rest of the day. His parents raised a wonderful, well-mannered son. God Bless Carl.
Nora Novack
April 9, 2014
Carl was one of my favorite people. He was always laughing and smiling. He made you feel special. Heaven is lucky to receive him.
Kara Porter
April 9, 2014
I remember him and his Dad well. When we first moved to Reno we always bought our gas there and always went there to have our Cars Smog Checked. I was always kidding around with him. Rest in Peace my friend.
Chick & Pat Hanson
April 9, 2014
I worked at the Coney Island next door th Howard's. Carl worked on my car all the time and for whatever was ailing my car. He was AWESOME. Often he would change my oil and in trade have 2 roast beef sandwiches from the Coney. He took such good care of everyone. He was always busy running himself ragged and always had a smile. So sorry for the family. My love and prayers are with you all. Carl was indeed a wonderful Man. Julie Sullivan
April 9, 2014
As I sit and reflect on the Kindness this Wonderful Man shared with me and others, I am speechless for words. I have been going to Howard's for 15 plus yrs. Carl would help me by letting me make payments. We all have lost an Incredible Man. My Heart goes out to all his family whom he always spoke Highly of with s Smile. ?
Coleen Denson
April 9, 2014
My heart goes out to Howard and Judy, and Sherry, and Carl's wife and son. What a beautiful man he was, always kind and generous. What a tragedy to lose him so young.
Laurie Jason Schmidt
April 9, 2014
There are no words when you loss a loved one.My son Charlie Lemons worked for Howard in the early 90s.After his dead Carl was always there for me to talk to.I moved away in 2011 but he was always in my heart.I will miss him deeply. but God needed another mechanic.God be with the family. Love and prayers
Marsha Hicks
April 8, 2014
I am so sorry for the Strasser family for there loss. Carl was a great guy and his loss will be felt in our community and lives for many years.
The Nyberg's
April 5, 2014
We have known Carl for over 30 years. He was a great guy, with a great smile and a huge heart. He will be greatly missed by the Cary family.
John Cary
April 5, 2014
Our thoughts are with the Strasser family during this most difficult of times. Carl will always be in our hearts.
Vaughn Family
April 5, 2014
Forever will the Red Chevy Step side be holding you in my heart. Glory Days
L VerVooren
April 4, 2014
We are so shocked and saddened to learn about the tragic loss of Carl! We have known him and his family for over 30 years. Always greeted us with that big smile great sense of humor and laugh! He has always worked so hard to take care of my whole familys cars. And he did a fantastic job at it! Never doubting what he said, he was one of the most honest, decent, caring and giving man I have ever met! We can not imagine life with out him! Our sympathies and prayers go out to the Strasser family. Rest in peace Carl we love you!
The Rick Sylvester Family
April 4, 2014
Carl was always a good friend, and a good man
Terry Bradford sr
April 4, 2014
Sending prayers & remerbering fond memories for Carl & Howard Family & Business.
Tollestrup Family
April 3, 2014
Wow. My condolences for the Strasser family. The Strassers always took care of me like family. Lots of fond memories working at Howards Chevron Service.

Best wishes from Norway from the Tollestrup family.
Ty Tollestrup
April 3, 2014
I love you.
Iesha Orona
April 3, 2014
Carl was a wonderful man that always had a kind word and a smile. I will miss seeing his bright smile and warm laugh. We will miss you at the DMV.
Karen Smith
April 2, 2014
Carl was one of the best people I have known in this life. He was my neighbor on Cheney St. In the early 90's. I will miss him and take heart knowing I will see him again.
Scott McGregor
April 1, 2014

"Heart of Hope"
Grief is overwhelming me
There is no relief, even
with my deep belief.
I long for my heavenly home
where I'll never be alone.
Surrounded by love from
those that dwell above,
In the presence of my Lord,
I will kneel down and adore
My grief will be no more,
when I enter through that
Heavenly door....

Written by Regina E. King
for the family of Carl
April 1, 2014
I have known Carl since moving to Nevada in 1974 and growing up with him in the Virginia Foothills area and going to school with him at Wooster High School. Years later, I ran into him again at the family service station while I was an NHP Trooper and we re-connected....not only did he assist me with servcing my vehicles but he was, most importantly, a friend and an asset to the Reno-Sparks communities. I have no words to say right now since I am in shock over this. My sympathies and prayers go out to his family and friends over this tragic loss....God bless you Carl!
Sheriff Stewart Handte
April 1, 2014
To Carl's family, I know that
Carl is in a much better place, I pray for you in this
time of sorrow....God Bless
Regina King
March 31, 2014
We are so incredibly sad to hear of Carl's passing. He was such a nice man. Our deepest and sincere condolences to the Strasser family.
Western Turf & Hardscapes
March 31, 2014
I will miss Carl so much. Carl always had a smile , would help you not think twice about it and was never fake. Carl totally a hardworking, decent honest guy who was a great friend. My deepest sympathy and prayers go to Carl's family
walter clausen
March 30, 2014
I was surprised to learn of Carls death at such a young age. When my sister told me the sad news I immediately sent prayers for his family (especially his young son). They say the good die young and Carl is truly one of the good ones! God Bless All Of You and know you will all be together again one day. No one will ever forget his happy smiling face.
Christina Jones-Foley
March 28, 2014
Carl was a very caring and giving man. My family has gone to his shop for as long as I can remember. He gave me a job when I needed it and he did everything he could to help others in need as well. His loss is one that will be deeply felt by so many people, my entire family included. My love and support go out to his wife and son. We love and miss you Carl. Always, Jacque Lloyd and Family.
Jacque Lloyd
March 28, 2014
To the Strasser Family,
People come and go in our lives but sometimes you meet a person that is very special to you as Carl was to me and my family. Carl was a very caring person and took very good care of my family. He will be greatly missed.
God Bless

Lori Overbay and the Cervantes Family
March 28, 2014
Carl will be so terribly missed by everyone that had the chance to meet him. Carl had the unique ability of making you feel like "you were THE one person that he had to see today!"; even if all he said was "Hi, How are you?". My husband and I were so grateful when Carl agreed to be in our wedding! Thanks you so much Carl. My husband says that Carl is the "angel" that brought us together. So true.
Christie W
March 28, 2014
To the Strasser family and all of us here
on earth, that were blessed to have Carl in our lives. He is an angel in haven now, we all know that. Sometimes in your life you meet people that are just so special to you, as Carl is to me and my husband. Rest in peace our friend.
Kathy and Jess Arriaga
March 28, 2014
Dear Strasser Family, I was shocked to read of Carl's death---he was much too young! I want to thank he and his dad for the many years they worked on my husband's old Lincolns while having lunch at the Coney Island. I remember the family when Carl was a little guy learning to ski at Tannenbaum. The whole family was among our favorite customers and I grieve with you all.
Grace Schoenfeld
March 28, 2014
I could go to his store to just talk Chris
March 28, 2014
Carl was my best friend growing up. I remember getting into trouble for dropping water balloons on people and breaking his nose (by accident). So many memories. Although we had lost touch in recent years, I will miss him always. My prayers go out to his family.
Peter Felesina
March 28, 2014
carl you will be missed you are a good friend and a fantastic person we love you from the HOLLAND family god bless you and your family
March 27, 2014
Carl's infectious smile and laughter will always be a warm memory in the hearts of all that knew him. Gina and Matthew, may you hold that warmth close as you journey through these tough and painful days. Love to you from across the miles.
Kim, Phillip & Miles Toconita
March 27, 2014
I had the pleasure of meeting Carl through my Fiancee's parents around four years ago and he literally saved us on several occasions needing engine repairs and tires when needed. His smile and concern were beyond equal and his sense of humor were unparalleled... I last spoke to he and Wife Gina before Christmas and was heading down to San Francisco to get them a few bottles of select wine in Sonoma as I'm a native San Franciscan as a thank you for his kindness and always great prices... I'm so sad for his Family as he was the kind of family man that they will dearly miss and a all of his customers as he was an "old school" business where the little man was a giant in his eyes. May his Family know all of us wish them the very best and rest in peace dear Carl. God Bless

Steve Gordon,The Budija Family and Kids
March 27, 2014
Like my daughter said "I know it is true but why can't I believe that he is gone." Carl always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone he dealt with. He worked so hard when he was at the station. When he came home and got to spend time with his family you could see him relax and really enjoy every moment. He will be missed by so many people - the world has lost a kind soul.
Gina Stutchman
March 27, 2014
Carl was a truly caring person who showed love and compassion to those around him. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He and Gina introduced my daughter to her husband and was the best man in their wedding. Sympathy and Prayers go out to his wife, son and family.
Charlotte Rowe
March 26, 2014
Stopped by the station for gas this evening and was deeply grieved to learn of Carl's passing. My heart aches for all the family. God alone knows how deeply you all hurt; may you feel His presence and the comfort as only He can give. Carl was one of the best persons I've had the privilege of knowing and he will certainly be missed by all of us. Sincere and heartfelt prayers for all of you during this dark season in your lives.
Charlotte Heatherly
March 26, 2014
Dear Mrs. Strasser, I have know carl for many years! My husband for only 9 years. in this time I can not or could not have asked for a better friend in any way shape or form. When I found out on sat the 22nd. it floored me. I do not know what to say except that you were very fortunate to have had him in your life as many of us had been. If you ever want to talk I am on facebook! Rose Lawhon! May God ease your pain as time goes on.There are no words to describe how we fell except empty.. Hugs and love sent your way!

Rose and Alez
Rose and Alex LAWHON
March 26, 2014
I will never forget when we went up to Tahoe one summer. Gina was pregnant with Matthew and we went to relax on the beach. Gina wanted to even out her tan and was sunning her belly, that ended up getting extremely burnt. If she had only listened to Carl, who kept trying to cover her up while saying, "You're gonna burn the baby." He was a fun and loving man that was full of life. I am so sad you will miss the journey of your son, who is blessed to have had you as a father. I know you will keep a close watch over your family with Sarah by your side. You are missed.
Lindsay Lomas
March 26, 2014
His smile was so big. When you were hanging out with Carl, your words mattered & he gave you his undivided attention. Thank you dearly Carl for all your work on my old Subaru. You were a really sweet guy and missed by anyone who ever met you. My deep sympathy for his family.
Tracie Donizio
March 26, 2014
Just found out today about Carl. Hard to believe we won't see him anymore. Known Carl since he was a teenager (went to school with my son).He helped me so often with car repairs, fix now pay him later. All who knew him mourn with the family and share their loss. Can't believe we won't see that happy smiling face ever again. Carmella and Jim (Leonardi)
March 26, 2014
This comes a a shock to my mother and me. We have know Carl and the Strassers for many years, and he will truly be missed. To the family we give our deepest condolences.
Lynne Hart & Petrea Guiney
March 26, 2014
While we cannot even begin to understand this tragic loss, we can remember Carl by sharing his kindness, by honoring his values, and by offering love and support to those he has left behind.
Lisa Lynn Rykaczewski
March 26, 2014
You are gonna be missed more than you will ever know. You were someone I proud to call my friend.

Prayers to your family during this time.

Chris Griffin
March 26, 2014
What a pleasure to have known Carl and I am sad to learn of his death. Carl offered his customers top notch customer service and his wonderful smile would always make my day! Gone to soon!
Peace and comfort to the Strasser family!
Candace Brinsko
March 26, 2014
Carl was one of the kindest honest people I have ever met. I have been taking my vehicles to Carl for the past 21 years and it was always the most pleasant experiences. You always left laughing because of Carl's great sense of humor. A lot of people lost a good man who touched their lives in some way. The family most of all who has my greatest sympathy.
Diane Whitt
March 26, 2014
I knew Carl for 23 years, a kind, caring
man. He gave me a break whenever I needed work done on my car. I will miss his smiling face. God needed
him up in Heaven.
Regina King
March 26, 2014
my father knew his father well. Me, my mom and girlfriend always went to Howards. We could always trust Carl and he was always SUPER POLITE. Darn we're so sad, Carl was needed someplace else.
Bob Chavez
March 26, 2014
Dear Strasser Family – I am so sorry to read of Carl's death and of your great loss. Carl was a wonderful childhood friend to me growing up in Virginia Foothills. He was always kind to me when kids could be so unkind. In high school he never let his upper classman status be a barrier to saying hello though we traveled in different circles. Later in adult life he attended my wedding and it was great to re-connect with him. As a businessman, he provided great service to my family. Certainly, he did make the world brighter. My deepest sympathy.
Paul Fuchs
March 26, 2014
Carl was one of the kindest people I have ever met. One of his best customers Carl was honest, fair, courteous and kind. He spoke of his children and family with great pride while fixing and caring for my vehicles, I always drove away happy and pleased with the work he had done. Carl cared for the people in his community. Young and old he made sure all of our cars were street worthy and running . He will surely be missed. With a heavy heart myself and my family bid you farewell. God was longing for this angel.
Danelle Archuleta-Moser
Carol Lee Masini
Danelle Archuleta-Moser
March 26, 2014
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