March 5, 1961 - January 2, 2022
On Sunday, January 2, 2022, Terence “Terry” Alan Strauss was called home at the age of 60. The world has lost a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
Terry was born on March 5, 1961, to Ray and Darlene Strauss at Loring Air Force Base in Limestone, Maine. As a child Terry grew up in multiple locations in the United States and overseas. During this time, he enjoyed playing baseball, riding horses and competed in swimming. He especially loved camping trips to the Montana Mountains and going fishing with his mom.
In 1980, after high school, Terry pursued a career as an Air Traffic Control Technician with the United States Air Force. During his time with the United States Air Force Terry received numerous promotions to include a promotion to Airman First Class in 1980, Senior Airman in 1981, Buck Sergeant in 1982 and Staff Sargent in 1983. He also received many decorations and awards including the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon, Longevity Service Award Ribbon, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon and Air Force Training Ribbon. After 8 dedicated years, living in numerous states and multiple overseas locations, Terry separated from the United States Air Force in 1988.
Prior to his passing, Terry was a dedicated employee with The Home Depot. Over multiple years of employment, he managed multiple departments within the company and eventually promoted to the position as the Human Resources Manager of the Humble location. Terry was a good friend to all and a volunteer for his community. Recently, Terry volunteered his time to assist with home rebuilding projects for flood victims in Louisiana.
If you asked Terry, his greatest accomplishment was not his service in the military or his career. It was being a husband, father and grandfather. Terry met his wife Holly many years ago but their paths did not cross again until they were reconnected through Facebook and were married June 11, 2011. Terry was proud and honored to be a patriarch, husband, father and grandfather to our large family. He has been a major presence in the lives of his children and grandchildren and to all his family. Standing in for his father, Terry graciously pinned his nephew Alex’s Air Force Pilot Wings.
He is survived by his wife Holly Strauss, his children Jeffery and Kendra Hartman, Blake and Mariah Hartman and Taylor and Rebecca Hartman. Grandchildren Aubree, Reagan, Wyatt, Adalee, Hudson, Lucas and Owen Hartman. Siblings Ray Strauss, Connie and Allan Ellis, Lisa Strauss and Mike Strauss. Brother-in-law Ken Kendrick Jr. and family, along with his Nephew Alex and Niece Jessie Rae.
Terry was preceded in death by his father Raymond Strauss and mother Darlene Amdahl as well as his grandparents.
The Strauss Family would like to express their gratitude for the nurses Kim, Beverly, Chris, and most of all Stephanie from Reliant at Home Hospice for the compassionate care they provided to Terry and the family.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Reliant at Home Hospice, 19221 I-45, Ste. 320, Shenandoah, Texas 77385 or the VFW Post 4816, 24411 Cunningham Dr., Porter, Texas 77365.
Friends and members of the community are invited to join the Strauss family on Wednesday January 12, 2022, from 5-9pm for a celebration of life service. Join us at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) located at 24411 Cunningham Dr, Porter, TX 77365.
To express your sympathy with a flower arrangement please contact our florist.