George W. Strait

Mr. Strait

September 9, 1920 to May 14, 2017

George W. Strait, 96, of Sweet Hill Road, Dolgeville, New York in the town of Oppenheim, passed away peacefully, on Sunday morning, May 14, 2017, at the Sitrin Healthcare Facility in New Hartford, New York.

He was born on September 9, 1920, in Windsor, Canada, a son of the late Demetros J. and Eva (Evans) Strait. He was educated in Syracuse and Dolgeville schools. On Wednesday evening, July 3, 1940, George was united in marriage to Catherine Terlicak at the St. Joseph’s Parish House in Dolgeville, New York. The couple celebrated 69 years of marriage together until Catherine’s death in 2009.

As a proud member of the Greatest Generation, George enlisted and entered the United States Marine Corps on June 14, 1944. On June 21, 1945, he was wounded in action in the Battle of Okinawa, injuries that would plague him his entire life. George was honorably discharged on December 20, 1945. The Purple Heart recipient never complained or harbored bitterness. Instead he delighted those who knew him with his sense of humor and unwavering optimism. George was always so proud to have served his country as a Marine.

George was formerly employed in construction and also ran a taxi service in Dolgeville after WW II. He and his family also owned Strait’s Sinclair gas station until his retirement in 1975.

He was a proud member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Organization, the DAV, and many other veterans’ organizations. In 1987, George was selected as the Outstanding Senior Citizen of Fulton County. He was a past member of the Dolgeville Auxiliary Police, and the Dolgeville Rod & Gun Club. He was a charter member of the Oppenheim Old Timers Club.

“Poppy”, as he was affectionately called by his family, embraced life with passion and had the highest love for his family. He was a faithful husband, proud father and father-in-law, doting grandfather and great-grandfather and a caring brother. He was a true family man, a trusted friend. Poppy had an infectious personality and never knew a stranger. Poppy left behind a legacy of his faith and resilience, and he continued to thank God daily for giving him the life he loved.

Left to cherish all the memories of their life together, traveling, family vacations and holidays, and numerous morning sunrises and sunsets on his porch, are his three loving children, Donna Watkins and her husband, Chuck of Stuart, FL, John W. Strait and his wife, Dawn of Mooresville, NC, and Rodney G. Strait and his wife, Michelle of Fort Plain, NY; his seven special grandchildren, Chod Watkins, FL and Scott Watkins of MI, Chris Strait and his wife, Kristen, of Webster, NY, Michael Strait and his wife, Barbara, Brian Strait and his wife, Leigh, both of Mooresville, NC, Dr. Kimberly Keane and her husband, Kevin of Fort Plain, NY, and Bradley Strait and his wife Jamie of Ballston Spa, NY; 14 cherished great-grandchildren, Choddy Watkins of Florida, Jonathan Watkins Texas, Briana Poling of Florida, Brooke Watkins of Colorado and David Watkins of California, Jonathan and Kathryn Strait of Webster, NY, Tenley and Michael J. Strait of Mooresville, NC, Andrew J. and Joseph M. Strait of Mooresville, NC, Brady Kean, Dylan G. Keane and Timothy Keane of Fort Plain, NY; and Kinsley Strait of Ballston Spa, NY; one brother, Jim Strait and his wife Marsha of Illinois, several special nieces and nephews and many special neighbors and friends.

He was predeceased by siblings: sisters, Eva Strait and Cora Jaikin; and half-brother, Norman Strait.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Dolgeville, New York with Deacon Jim Bower officiating. Following prayers, Central New York Chapter 490, The Military Order of the Purple Heart will hold a prayer service, Fort Plain VFW Post 3275 will salute Mr. Strait with a 21-Gun Salute, and the United States Marine Corps honor guard will accord full military honors. George will be laid to rest alongside his beloved wife, Catherine.

In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorial contributions for Central New York Chapter 490, The Military Order of the Purple Heart, P.O. Box 4491, Utica, New York 13504-4491 or a charity of your choice.

George’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Sitrin Healthcare, especially the staff at Magnolia Hall, for their loving and compassionate care that was given to George during his stay.

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