John Alfred Strawn
John Alfred Strawn
  • October 7, 1931 - May 31, 2017
  • Columbia, Missouri

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John Alfred (J.A.) Strawn


J.A. Strawn, 85, of Columbia, MO passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Columbia. Memorial Service will be 2pm, Sunday, June 18 at the Unitarian Universalist Church 2615 Shepard Blvd Columbia, 65201.

He was born, October 7, 1931 in Columbia, MO to Porter W. and Stella Denham Strawn. For many years, J.A. owned and operated “Strawn and Son” Paint and Wallpapering Company; he retired in the 1980’s and his son began to run the business. He loved to hunt and fish; and he was sure never to miss a St. Louis Cardinals game. After his wife, Ruth, passed away, he spent a great deal of time shooting pool at the Columbia Senior Center. He was a kind and caring man with a hardworking and generous spirit. He is survived by his children, Brenda Betz and Joe (Elaine) Strawn of Columbia; grandchildren, Kris (Michelle) Betz of Hallsville, Hannah Strawn of Kansas City, Grace Strawn of Los Angeles, Sofie Mulcahey of Columbia, and Scott (Stephanie) of Kansas City. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth; sons, JW, and JR, and his companion of the past several years, Barbara.

Contributions may be made to the Columbia Senior Center for use in the Pool Room 1121 Business Loop 70 East Columbia, MO 65201.

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