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James Strasser, 56, of Midland, passed away after a short bout with cancer at MidMichigan Medical Center on November 13, 2019. He was born on January 10, 1963 to the late Joseph Peter and Elaine Helen (Berg) Strasser.

James served his country honorably in the United States Army. He was a self-employed mechanical engineer. James enjoyed skiing, fishing, playing basketball at the community center, and riding motorcycles and mountain bikes. He was an author, entrepreneur, and song writer. James competed in many marathons and participated in many of his nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews activities.

James is survived by his brothers, Matthew and his wife Teri and their three children, Lindsey, Matthew, Mackenzie and their two grandchildren, Charli and Angel; brother, Tom and his wife Lillian and their two children, Gregory and Alyssa. He was predeceased by his brothers, Mike and Andy.

A private memorial gathering will be held at a later date.

Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Strasser family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Mary Howlett Rhodes

    22 November 2019 2 years ago

    This may be late, but I was just forwarded the obituary from extended family member. I’m Jim’s second cousin and I still have rememberence of Elain’s boys when they were young, fun and full of life. I’m so very sorry for his family to lose him so early. Reading about his life, he sure made the very best of it, so proud of him. Jimmy as I remember! Much love to you all, and peace to Jim

  2. Mark Ayres

    16 November 2019 2 years ago

    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s untimely passing. I count Jim among my best friends ever, even if time and distance conspired to limit our contact after about the ‘90s. My condolences to the Strassers – please know that Jim touched many of us over the years.

  3. Chris Wall

    14 November 2019 2 years ago

    I’m so sorry to hear about Jim. Jim and I, and Tom, spent a lot of time together back in high school making models.

    It used to drive my dad crazy, but my mom was always quick to prevent him from throwing our crazy diorama-building projects out by saying, “I know what they’re up to when they’re down there!”

    Jim and I were also lab partners in Mr. Logan’s chemistry class. That didn’t work out so well for us!


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