James Andrew “Andy” Strasser

A visitation for James Andrew “Andy” Strasser, 68, Lawrence will be held on Friday, August 28, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. He will lie in state from 8 a.m. until noon on Friday for anyone that would like to view and sign the guest book. Please be aware of social distancing and face masks are required. Andy died Saturday, August 22, 2020 at his home.

Andy was born December 2, 1951 in Kansas City, KS the son of James F. and Betty A. Anderson Strasser.

He was the former co-owner and co-operator of Ports Unlimited Travel and Travelers Limousine Service. He also worked for the Veterans Administration and Medicare.

Andy attended Iola Community College, KU and Washburn University. Andy was a Mason, member of Arab Shrine Temple, and the Royal Order of Jesters. He was a member of the Directors Staff, where he served as Director of the Arab Shrine Temple, and was a member of the Oriental Band unit. He served in several leadership positions as a Jester. He was also a member of the Lawrence Corvette Club.

Andy was an active member of the Shrine and its various bodies. He was a regular attendee of several meetings and participated in volunteer efforts to support Shriners Hospitals. He was known within the organizations for greeting his brothers with a smile and a firm grip. Mirth is King!

He married Glenda Jeffries in 1972. They later divorced.

He married Jan Peters on January 16, 1987 in Lawrence at the Danforth Chapel. She survives of the home.

Survivors include his son, Christopher (Trisha) Strasser of Topeka, KS, daughter, Audra Boone of Ft. Worth, TX; sister, Judy (Ed) Ciambrone of Baldwin City, KS; granddaughter, Emili Strasser of Topeka, KS; niece and nephew, Amanda Ciambrone and Anthony (Baylie Wilson) Ciambrone.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials in his name to Arab Temple Travel Fund-Andy Strasser Memorial Fund and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

13 Condolences

  1. Tom & Cheryl Frederick on August 24, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    So sorry for your loss Jan, and to all the family members. We have known you and Andy for many years in the Shrine, but more so the last several years. Whenever visiting, Andy would always welcome me with a handshake, and a great Bloody Mary. Our prayers and thought are with you all. May he rest in peace.

  2. Kathleen “Kathy” Schweitzberger on August 24, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    I am so sorry to read this news. Andy had reconnected with some of in the last few years when the LHS Class of 1969 started having monthly coffees to catch up and share memories. I really enjoyed our chats. We will miss him.

  3. Cheryl Van Hoesen Harrod on August 24, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    This is such sad news. Andy and I grew up together starting in kindergarten. Such a fun happy person. It was great to reconnect through LHS reunions. I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Donna Hadl Field on August 24, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Judy and Ed and family—
    I am so sad to hear of Andy’s passing. We went to school together from 1st grade on. So happy I had the chance to catch up with him at Wayne and Larry’s a few years ago.

    Donna Hadl Field

  5. Mike Viebrock on August 24, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Sad to hear of Andy’s passing. I hope his suffering was minimal. May God give his family peace and comfort! RIP my friend!

  6. Evan Smith on August 24, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    So sorry to hear this. Andy was a great guy whom I was just getting to know better through reunions.

  7. Fran Seymour-Hunter on August 25, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Jan/Family–Was sorry to read of Andy’s passing. Reading the obituary and the condolences, it was obvious he was well regarded and brought a smile to the face of others on a regular basis. Though words cannot ease the sorrow of a loss such as this, may warm memories help to sustain you during this time. Keeping you in my prayers and thoughts. Your cousin, Fran/Frances

  8. Don Payne on August 25, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Jan, i am so sorry to hear about Andy. My most sincere condolences to you and your family.

  9. Glenda Bundy on August 25, 2020 at 10:33 am

    Glenda Bundy

    Jan and family
    There are no words to express how sad I am about Andy’s passing. I’m writing on behalf of all the Jeffries family (Dorothy,Shlaron,Sonja and Gerald) to express our sympathy and mourn his passing with you. He was a good husband, father and friend. He will be sadly missed.
    God be with you now and always.
    Deepest condolences

  10. Sharon Newell on August 25, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Jan, I’m sorry for your loss. You knew me by the name of Lockwood and the one I really trusted to sell me a car, woman to woman.

  11. Johnny Inverarity on August 26, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Jan, I’m so sad to learn of your loss. Andy was such a great person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Larry Gentry on August 26, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    May fond memories of Andy bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. Andy was a great friend, our heart and prayers go out to you and your family.

    Larry and Linda Gentry

  13. Gary Bennett on August 28, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Jan, I am sad to hear of Andy’s passing, he was such a great guy. I always enjoyed talking to Andy at company functions and he will be missed by everyone.

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