Feb. 16, 1929 — March 30, 2008
JOHNSVILLE — Dr. James G. Strayer, 79, of Johnsville, died Sunday morning at MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a long illness.
He was born Feb. 16, 1929 in Perrysburg to Clyde and Helen (Long) Strayer.
After graduating from Whitehouse High School, he attended The Ohio State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He then served in the Army in Germany as a medic and earned the rank of Corporal.
He returned to Ohio and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State in 1960.
He and his family served as Lutheran missionaries in Ethiopia from 1960 to 1963.
He founded the Bogart Animal Clinic in Sandusky in 1964 and operated the clinic until 1976, treating both large and small animals. He later became a clinical researcher in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry. He traveled abroad to teach and assist with veterinary research. He was a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Swine Practitioners.
He loved spending time in the sunshine and puttering in the garden.
He is survived by his children, Nancy (Jeff Reamsnider) Strayer of Fredericktown, Dan (Lorna) Strayer of Milan, Beth Ann (Michael) Martin of Omaha, Neb.; several grandchildren; and a special companion, Vickie Moran.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gene “Jake” Strayer; and a sister, Betty Bierbaum.
Family are invited to a potluck remembrance dinner at 4 p.m. Friday at the Lexington Community Church on Mill Street. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Groff Funeral Home, Milan Chapel, 1 S. Main St., Milan, where a memorial service will follow with the Rev. John Mawhirter officiating. At the request of the deceased, the body has been cremated.
The Lexington Avenue Snyder funeral home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Erie County Humane Society or the Johnsville Emergency Medical Service.
Online condolences may be made at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.