Max Strawhacker

Max Strawhacker, 88, of Clark, MO died at home Sunday, January 7, 2007 after a lengthy illness. Grave side services at Edwards Cemetery in rural Oakville, IA will be held at a later date. Memorials to your local library are suggested.

Mr. Strawhacker was born April 25, 1918 at Oakville, IA to (Edward) Marshall and Nina (Davis) Strawhacker. He graduated from Oakville High School in 1937 and joined the St. Louis Cardinal Baseball organization as a pitcher. After a shattered elbow in a farm accident ended his professional career, he continued on with them in the semi-pro league for many years. He married Neola Rath in Dakota City, NE on July 18, 1939. The couple was engaged in farming near Rock Rapids, IA until 1960 when he quit farming because of health reasons and went into the implement business in Rock Rapids. Later, after moving from northwestern IA back to southeastern IA he was an office manager for Farm Service in Columbus Junction, IA until his retirement in 1982. After his wife?s death in 1996, he moved to rural Clark, MO to be with his daughter, Janice Williamson and her husband Richard. He was residing here at the time of his death.

Mr. Strawhacker enjoyed fishing, bowling, woodworking, hunting, and trap and skeet shooting. He was a member of the Wapello, IA Masonic Order, the Oakville, IA Methodist Church, and the Rock Rapids, IA Gun Club. He bowled in a number of bowling leagues.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Neola, his parents, 3 brothers, and a sister. He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Janice and Richard Williamson of Clark, MO, 2 granddaughters, 6 great grandsons, and one sister, Nadine Alderson of Lubbock, Texas. 3 sisters – law, a brother – in – law, and many nieces and nephews are also among those who will miss him greatly.

Visits: 2


  1. Aunt Mae and family on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    An outstanding brother and friend.

  2. Donn Wyland on January 1, 1900 at 12:00 am

    Always enjoyed visiting with Uncle Max.

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