PAULDING – John Straka, age 90, passed away on Tuesday, November 9 at his residence in Paulding.

John was born on Jan. 8, 1931 to the late Joseph and Anna (Langel) Straka. On Oct. 9, 1954, he married Maxine Fellers, who survives. For 22 years, John worked for Doty Lithograph before it became Messenger Stationary, where he continued to work for another four years. John also owned his own printing business called Circle Printing. John proudly served in the Army where he received the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars while in Korea. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans in Defiance.

John is also survived by his two children: Janice (Daniel) Steusloff, Mebane, North Carolina and John Straka, Oakwood; sister, Ann Fuerst; grandsons: Chad (Thea) Proxmire, Brian Proxmire and Nicholas (Chelsey) Straka; great-grandchildren: Autumn, Abby, Ella, Nadia, Evelyn, Brady and Lyla.

Also preceding John in death are his brother, Joseph Straka and an infant sister, Mary Straka.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 15 at Den Herder Funeral Home. Burial was at Paulding Memorial Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Paulding VFW Post 587.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 36, c/o Defiance VFW Post 3360, 201 North Clinton Street, Defiance, Ohio 43512.

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