by Carl Strang
We thought that Dad might hold on a while longer, but he simply could not live without Mom, and he passed away less than a month after she did. I wrote his obituary:
Ted L. Strang of Culver passed away on April 30 at the age of 88. Except for his U.S. Navy service in the South Pacific in World War II and immediately after, Ted was a lifelong Culver resident. He was long known as one of the fishermen most knowledgeable of Lake Maxinkuckee. He was a pillar of Culver’s VFW Post 6919. At various times he was manager of the local A&P grocery store, a life insurance salesman, and a factory department foreman. Most of all, though, Ted Strang was a family man. As a teenager he met the love of his life, Charlene (“Chuckie”) Hausler, at nearby Bass Lake, where her Chicago family had a summer home. They married after his military service ended, and their marriage over the subsequent decades was a model of love and dedication. Chuckie passed away at the beginning of April, and it could be said that Ted died of a broken heart less than a month later.
He is survived by two sons (Carl of Warrenville, Illinois, and Gary with wife Lisa of Easton, Maryland), and by Gary and Lisa’s three sons: Greg Strang of Cambridge, Maryland; Captain Derek Strang (wife Christine), who is an Air Force pilot in Mountain Home, Idaho; and Lt. Brice Strang (wife Rachel), U.S. Army Reserve, of Easton, Maryland.
Ted’s Navy service was with a submarine rescue ship, and he was trained in rescue and salvage diving. He treasured his veteran’s status, and was a life member and past Commander of VFW Post 6919. He also volunteered for the American Red Cross in blood drives. On two occasions he shared honors as a co-Grand Marshall of Culver’s Lakefest Parade. His favorite personal pursuit was fishing, but he also hunted, gardened, carved and painted wooden duck decoys, and was a wonderful teacher as a father. His strong will was revealed when, after being a smoker for two decades, he went cold turkey one day and never smoked again.