Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a. m. Thursday at Sts. Cyril and Methodius. Interment will follow at the Shiner Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home, Shiner.
Mr. Strauss was born on Jan. 23, 1924, the second youngest son of Otto and Agnes (Netardus) Strauss. He graduated from St. Ludmila’s Academy in 1941 and enrolled in a government school (NYA) at Inks Dam, Texas taking courses in commercial printing.
He briefly went to work for the Victoria Advocate before joining the Army Air Force during WWII where he was stationed in the U.S. and Italy until late 1945.
After returning from the war he went to work for Lee and Angeline Sedlmeyer at the Shiner Gazette before taking a position as territory sales representative for the Houston branch of E.C. Palmer Paper Company.
He spent the next 51 years selling paper, graphic supplies and equipment to print shop and newspaper customers throughout south central Texas.
He and wife Gladys purchased the Shiner Gazette in 1975 and published the paper until 1992 when they sold it. They were active members in the Texas Press Association and the South Texas Press Association.
Besides playing with the Shiner Hobo Band, Strauss also formed a band in the 1960s which became popular music makers under the name “VFW Toppers.” Later he put together a group of musicians and entertained local crowds to the sounds of “Joe and His Pivo Boys.”
He and wife Gladys (Appelt) married in Hallettsville on Sept. 12, 1953. They made their home in Schulenburg before moving to Shiner in 1957. They reared four children, Marian, Bobby, Pat and Mark.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys St rauss of Shiner; a daughter, Mar ian Evers and husband Jim of Wimberley; three sons, Bobby Strauss and wife Sandra of Shiner, Patrick Strauss and wife Lori of Victoria and Mark Strauss and wife Kim of Brenham; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Agnes Kutach, Tillie Whar ton, and Mary Hill; and brothers, Henry J. Strauss, Otto J. Strauss, Victor C. Strauss, Benedict “Ben” Strauss and three infants.