With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Ed Strauser, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Ed departed this world unexpectedly on July 21, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love, laughter, and cherished memories.
He is survived by his wife and soulmate of over 60 years, Sharon; his best friend and beloved son, Eddie; his two cherished and amazing gifts from God, grandchildren Chance Strauser and Laila Mehdi; his daughter-in-law and family treasure, Lisa; and his kindred spirit, Gary Hunt. Ed also leaves behind his loving sister, Joan Petersen; his sister-in-law, Shirley Ankerstein; and two remarkable nephews, Mike Petersen (Patty) and Mark Petersen (Kelly).
Having lived in the Briarwood area for the past 53 years, Ed made many cherished friends and special relationships. He was a coach and mentor to many, becoming like a father figure. Above all, he was the best dad a son could ever have.
Ed’s passion for anything with wheels and a motor began when his uncle gave him his first car, a white ‘46 Chevy he affectionately called “White Lightening.” Although not old enough for a California driver’s license, Ed was legal in Idaho so that’s where he took his first road trip, much to his mother’s dismay. This unlocked a love for working on old cars and taking road trips that persisted throughout Ed’s entire life.
His move to the Pacific Northwest was prompted by a request from the US Air Force. Once here, Ed quickly grew to love the community and the area’s abundant bodies of water that provided opportunities for water skiing. Lake Chelan became a cherished retreat that we were blessed to share with friends and family.
Ed remained a super cool guy until the day he passed. He and Sharon were blessed to share 65 years of growing up and growing old together. He will be deeply missed and remembered beyond words.