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Luther Ray Strahan, Jr.

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Luther Ray Strahan, Jr. passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 20, 2011 in Ruston, LA at the age of 88. A native of Bernice and long time resident of Gretna, LA, he had lived in Ruston since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Bettye Jo Crawford of Ruston. He is also survived by his son, Kenneth Strahan (Lilly); daughter-in-law, Candace V. Strahan; son-in-law, Steven R. Hart; and his two brothers, James Truett Strahan (Doris) and Richard Roy Strahan (Barbara).

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mamie Andrews and Luther Ray Strahan; three beloved children, James R. Strahan, Sr., Thomas R. Strahan and Katherine S. Hart, and one granddaughter. Luther Ray also leaves behind ten grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Luther Ray, a proud member of the United States Marine Corps, heroically fought in World War II (Pacific Theater), including the battle for Okinawa. He returned from the war to start his family in Bernice, but his career in the oil business later moved them to Texas, California and finally, South Louisiana, where he retired as a Tool Pusher after 30 years with Texaco. He was ever a loving son and brother, husband, father and grandfather, who worked hard his entire life to take care of his family, who meant everything to him.

Friends and family are invited to attend the funeral service at Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 2300 West California Ave, Ruston LA 71270 on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 2:00 PM. Visitation will be from noon to 2:00 PM. Burial will follow the service at Weldon Baptist Church Cemetery in Bernice LA

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