William M. ‘Bud’ Striff, Jr. age 93, of Wapak, died 8:32 a.m., Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at St. Rita’s Medical Center. He was born September 2, 1919 in Lima to William Merle and Garnett O’Conner Striff , who preceded him in death. He married Mary Margaret Thomas June 9, 1946 and she preceded him in death July 12, 2000.
Mr. Striff had been a Standard Oil distributer and retired from Ohio Department of Transportation. He served in the U. S. Army during WW II C Battery, 11th Field Artillery, 24th Division having served in New Guinea and the South Pacific as a 50 caliber machine gunner and a 155 caliber Howitzer gunner. He was a member of Spencerville American Legion, Post 191 and the V.F.W. Post 8445 of Wapakoneta and a former member of Rousculp Church of Christ. Bud enjoyed woodworking, camping, boating, gambling, traveling, swimming and being with family.
Survivors include2 daughters: Linda (Gary Igo, dec.) Welker of Lima and Debbie (Rodney) Hopkins of Uniopolis, 3 grandchildren: Tonia Cotrell, Christina (Jason) Stombaugh and Jason (Ciara) Hopkins, 3 great grandsons: Cory Cotrell, Austin Cotrell and Hunter Stombaugh, a step great grandson Cole Stombaugh and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by 1 granddaughter Tina Hopkins, 3 brothers: Richard, Robert and Davey Striff and a sister Louise King.
The family will receive friends 2:00 – 6:00 p.m., Sunday, August 4 at Bayliff and Son Funeral Home, Cridersville.
Funeral service will begin 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 5, at the funeral home. Pastor David Moore will officiate. Burial will follow in Shawnee Cemetery. Military Rites will be conducted by Spencerville American Legion and V.F.W. joint honor guard.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Cridersville Fire Department
Date: Sunday, August 4, 2013
Time: 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm