Charles “Bob” Stragier

Bob Stragier

Bob Stragier passed away July 17, 2021 after a lengthy illness – the world has lost a very special man.  He was born Charles Robert Stragier in Lansing, Michigan, on January 18, 1936, but he was known as Bob his entire life.  Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Jane Stragier; infant brother, William Paul Stragier; and stepfather, Paul Beach.  Bob was a loving husband, father, step-father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Gloria, daughter Robbyn (David) Blackman, son Steve (Judy) Stragier, and stepsons David Carpenter and Scott (Monique) Carpenter. He is also survived by grandsons Matt (Michelle) Phelps, Christopher Stragier, Ryan  Carpenter, Colin Carpenter; granddaughters, Kasey (Sawyer) McFadden, Allica (Jared) Beckwith, Morghan (Jay) Rustenholz, Brindlea Peterson, Kadyn Reisterer; great-granddaughters, Rebekah Olfert, and Katie Bartol, Evelyn Beckwith; and great-grandson Bentley Rustenholtz; as well as many extended family members.

Bob attended Eastern High School from 1951-1953. While at Eastern High School, he earned seven Varsity letters and was captain of the Varsity baseball team for two years. In 2016, he was inducted into the Lansing Eastern High School Athletic Hall of Fame, an honor which meant a great deal to him.  After graduating from Lansing Eastern, Bob attended  Michigan State College. In 1954, he left MSC when he signed a professional baseball contract as a left-handed pitcher with the Milwaukee Braves (now Atlanta Braves).  Unfortunately, his baseball career ended abruptly when he injured his shoulder.  Following his baseball career, Bob returned to Lansing and played basketball for ten years in the city
league, winning several State championships. In 2018, he was inducted into the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame, another honor of which he was very proud.  After his baseball career, Bob was employed by the Lansing Board of Water and Light for ten years.  Eventually his career switched to education sales. Bob retired from MPI (Michigan Products, Incorporated) after 41 years as Executive Vice-President and Sales Manager. Bob was member of the South Lansing Rotary for many years and served as President 1983-84. He was also named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  Bob genuinely loved people (especially children) and considered anyone he met a friend. He developed lasting friendships with people he met through work, travel, and in the many communities he and Gloria lived throughout their marriage. Bob loved to talk about his many life experiences and his friends often heard his favorite stories many times. He also loved to tell children stories and even accompanied his granddaughter to kindergarten on one occasion to read her favorite “big” book to her class.  Bob and Gloria were fortunate to be able to travel throughout the United States and visit many countries after retirement. During his long illness, Bob enjoyed looking at their many travel albums and reminiscing about all the things they saw and the people they met. He especially liked to point out to visitors a map of the world on his wall with red pins marking all the places he had visited.  Bob was a man of faith and attended Presbyterian churches in Lansing and Holt before joining the St. Luke Lutheran Church of Haslett.

Special thanks to all Bob’s “family” at Robinwood Landing Alzheimer’s Special Care Center and to Hospice for their compassionate care.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 22, 2021, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 5589 Van Atta Road, Haslett.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.  His family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. There will be a luncheon after the burial, at The Fenner Nature Center Pavilion, at 2020 E. Mt. Hope AVE, Lansing, MI 48910. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church or 2021 Walk to End Alzheimer’s in memory of Charles R. Stragier.  We also ask everyone to do a “random act of kindness” in memory of Bob.

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Phil Douglas
July 18, 2021 at 5:40 pm

Although I’ve only known Bob a couple of years he became a great friend. I will miss his friendship and baseball stories whether true or not! Rest In Peace, Bob. My condolences to Gloria and the rest of the family

Doug and sally carl
July 19, 2021 at 11:03 am

Where do you start when it becomes about Bob. Love, respect, kindness and his smile. He will be missed, but I have so many wonderful memories. Love you Bob and as usual you gave it all you had. Rest in piece. Doug and Sally.

Tom and Linda Fischer
July 19, 2021 at 11:11 am

We had the honor and pleasure of meeting both Bob and Gloria in their retirement life city of Venice FL. We enjoyed countless hours of fun and laughter with them and spent happy times in their Spartan man cave in Venice. Enjoyed our yearly birthday celebrations in Frankenmuth also. Bob always had a funny story to tell. He was such a joy to be with. We will surely miss him and send our thoughts and prayers to Gloria and the family at this difficult time.

Jackie Bennett
July 19, 2021 at 11:46 am

Bob became a member of our family a long time ago when he married my beautiful sister, Gloria. He fit right in to our loving, but complicated family! I Love you Bob and you will always be a strong part of our lives. Although you won’t be here physically to tell you how much we love you, you are always going to be in our hearts. Thank you for being you!

Love you

Jackie & Crew

Dimitri and Alice
July 19, 2021 at 7:36 pm

What a blessing to have Bob and Gloria part of our lives for many years. We will surely miss this wonderful gentle man and his many stories. We can just hear him saying “OK Gloria, this is where you come in” to finish one of his great tales for him. Dear Gloria, may God give you comfort and peace at this sad time.

John Larzelere
July 20, 2021 at 9:41 am

Bob was a really nice guy and pleasant to visit with
. However I still have some bruises that were inflicted by Bob in our city basketball days. RIP

Linda and Bill Beach
July 20, 2021 at 1:55 pm

What great fun memories we have with Bob and Gloria. We sure lucked out with our blended families. Bob will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

Carl and Donna Wardell
July 20, 2021 at 4:30 pm

We have fond memories that goes way back a few years (North Presbyterian Church) but remember many fun times with Bob and glad to call him a friend. We extend or deepest sympathy to the Stragier family.

Linda Jeruzal
July 20, 2021 at 6:30 pm

I have only fond memories of Bob when he lived at Robinwood Landing! I fell in love with him the first day he arrived! On behalf of all our Robinwood staff, we will grieve Bob’s passing, as he was loved and adored by us and our residents! May God watch over his loving wife Gloria! Blessings.

Robert Hager
July 21, 2021 at 2:05 pm

Basketball at the Y. So many great memories.
Thanks Bob

Timothy D Currin
July 21, 2021 at 4:02 pm

Gloria, David, Scott.

My heart goes out to you. May your memories of Bob carry you through these tough times. Tim Currin

Sue and Dave Bledsoe
July 22, 2021 at 7:09 pm

We are out of town this week and just read about Bob, We did not know him long, but his warm smile always made Sunday mornings a little brighter. Our whole family sends you love, hugs and prayers for comfort. God bless you.


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