Harry James "Jim" Straub

Birth Date: 
Monday, May 1, 1933
Date of Passing: 
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Harry James “Jim” Straub, 87, of Wooster died on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare.

Arrangements are being handled by the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster.

He was born May 1, 1933 in Wooster to Harry C. and Lucille Wolf Straub.

Jim was a kind and loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and husband.  He gave generously of his time and resources to his family, church and local community.  He was an active member of the Wooster United Methodist Church.  Prior to his retirement in 1988, he spent most of his career in banking for the Central Trust Company, City Loan & Savings Company and Citizens national Bank.  He graduated from Wooster High in 1951 and was very active in organizing the WHS reunions and served as an officer of the WHS Alumni & Friends organization.  Jim was active in the Wooster-Madisonburg Evening Lions Club and a life member of the Wooster Elks Lodge.  He loved animals so it was only natural for him to be actively involved in the Wayne County Humane Society where he served as Treasurer, newsletter editor and served on the building committee during their expansion.  Jim developed polio before his sophomore year at Hiram College and was very active in the polio survivors groups.  Additionally, he was a longtime volunteer at LifeCare Hospice in Wooster.

His hobby during the 80s and 90s was collecting and showing classic cars, his favorite being the Corvair.  He was an active member of Friends of Corvair and the Buckeye Ramblin Rods clubs.

He is preceded in death by his best friend and wife, Linda Farmer Straub (2017), son Doug Straub (1971), son-in-law Dan Wessels (2011), former wife Millie Withrich Straub (2015) and his parents.

Surviving are children Judy Wessels, Denny (Lonnis) Straub, Jan (Pete) Goebel, Renee (Cotton) Bigham and Lori Farmer Womac; grandchildren Jamie and Kate Wessels, Nicole and Cody Straub, Jessica Wilson, Samantha Ellis, Karissa Rogers, Kassandra Trimble; sister-in-law Amy Rowland and nephew JR Rowland, and numerous great grandchildren.

Due to the restrictions on gatherings there will not be a funeral service at this time. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 in Jim’s memory.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com

Memorial Contributions: 

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 in Jim’s memory.


Due to the restrictions on gatherings there will not be a funeral service at this time. 


I new Jim for many years, he was an awesome person. We had many conversations. My condolences to his family.

I was very sorry to hear of Jim's death. I enjoyed filing with him at Hospice. The last time I saw him was the last time we filed just before they closed everything down for the virus. We had many fun and good conversations. He was always cheerful. I talked to him only a few weeks ago. I'm so glad I decided to call him when I did.

Jim was one of the kindest people I knew. I loved talking to him. He was a great friend to United Way of Wayne and Holmes and we will miss him dearly. So glad to hear that OK Kitty will be taken care of too. Love you Jim - until we meet again!

What a blessing it has been to have Jim as our neighbor for over 15 years. Jim always greeted us with a smile, story, and conversation. He was genuine and took an interest in our children's lives. We as a family were reflecting on our interactions with Jim over the years and each and every one of our thoughts about him made us smile. We are sad about his loss and he will be missed by us. Our thoughts are with his family.

I am sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Our friendship goes back to our childhood days and has remained throughout the years. He was a great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

We enjoyed Jim coming in for meals almost weekly. He always had a kind, gentle smile. We will miss seeing him. Prayers and condolences for the family from John and Cindy and BayLobsters.

We want to express our condolences on the loss of Jim Straub. He was a very good friend for a lot of years. Jim & Linda stood up with us when we got married 37 years ago. We will miss him dearly.
Ralph & Phyllis Woods

I knew Jim for a short time. We were part of a prayer connection group since the pandemic started. We exchanged notes, talked on the phone, but never met. My condolences to his family, he was a good man. I'll miss him.

I called him my Ohio Dad, My girls called him Grandpa....he helped to guide me (from the age of 8) on this life journey when he met my wonderful Momma Linda and later made her his wife (we all know the story). I will miss him dearly, but I also will take and share all the wonderful things he has taught me through the years. I'm thankful for all his friends, family, and loved ones who have shared in celebrating both life and there after with our family, you all have a special place in my heart. Until we meet again Dad, I love you ♡

Jim was a long time friend, and will be missed very much. I grew up across the street from his parents, Harry and Lucille, and have many fond memories of the Straub family. Jim was a very caring person, who gave of himself to help others in need. Rest In Peace, Jim! You’ve earned it.

Our sympathy to the family. I worked with Jim at Central Trust. He was always ready to help. Of late, we attended the same church. A good man who will be missed. Betty and Roger Conner

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