Calvin “Pat” Strasburger – UPDATED


Funeral Services for 97-year old Calvin “Pat” Strasburger are Sat, Sept 11, 2021, 2:00 PM at Pleasant Point Community Church in Ellsworth, NE.

Burial with Military Honors will be held in the Pleasant Point Cemetery in Ellsworth.

Visitation will be Friday, September 10, from 5 to 7 PM at Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, Gordon, NE.

A memorial has been established for the Pleasant Point Community Church or the Gordon Volunteer Fire Department and donations may be sent in care of Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home, PO Box 366 Gordon, NE 69343.

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Calvin “Pat” Strasburger was born on September 17, 1923, to William and Elsie (Pisel) Strasburger in Deer Trail, Colorado and passed away September 2, 2021, at Gordon Memorial Hospital.

Pat grew up on the family ranch near Ellsworth and graduated from Alliance High School in 1941. He served in the Army from 1944 – Jan 11, 1946 and was stationed in Hawaii following World War II. 

He returned to ranch life as soon as he was discharged and on December 18th,1954, he married his soul-mate Vesta DeWolfe. Pat and Vesta enjoyed many ranch visits in later years from their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  

Pat loved the Sandhills. Partnering with his brothers Elbert and Dean, they built three beautiful ranches the families still operate to this day, over a century after their father William’s homestead of 1908.  

Pat made sure that the cattle and horses came first, and that they had feed and water early in the day.  He especially loved tight fences and putting up quality hay for the winter months.  

Pat would always announce each fall “This is the best set of steers and heifers we’ve ever raised.” He continued to help with cattle work well into his 90’s.  

Even with all the work on the ranch, there was always time for personal and community activities, including hunting, fishing, golf, and being an avid bowler.  Everyone within earshot knew when Pat hooked a big one by his hearty laugh.  

He served many groups and organizations, including the Gordon Rural Fire Department for over 49 years and the CO-Op Board. For the past few years, Pat was the eldest member of Pleasant Point Community Church.

Pat is survived by his wife, Vesta Strasburger, of almost 68 years.  Their children; Janette Strasburger Hayes (Jeff) of Neenah, WI; Mike (Bonnie) Strasburger of Ellsworth, NE; Jodie (Bruce) Fisk of Rapid City, SD; Jill (Fayette) Harwick of Alliance, NE; and Patrick (Gail) Strasburger of Rapid City, SD. 

Their grandchildren; Todd (Serena) Strasburger of Edmond, OK; Tyler (Melinda) Strasburger of Billings, MT; Timothy Hayes of Neenah, WI; Katelyn (Ben) Lewis of Rapid City, SD; Jada Fisk of Austin, TX; Mackenzie (John) Stabnow of Alliance, NE; Saige (Jason) Rasmussen of Lincoln, NE; Sebastian (Allison) Boerke; Brittany Boerke, Kirsten (Casey) Anderson; and Tianna Boerke of Rapid City, SD. 

Their Great-Grandchildren; Harper & Tatum Strasburger; Kennedi Strasburger; Graham, Grace, and Claire Lewis; Coy Stabnow; Gentry Walker; Oliver & Noah Rasmussen; Vallie Mae Anderson; and Mason Boerke.

Preceding Calvin in death were his parents; sisters; Pearl Kroeze & Ethel Andrick; brothers, Wesley, Elbert, and Dean Strasburger; and great grandson Maddox Rasmussen.

Ranching isn’t just a way of living, it’s a way of life.  From Words to Live By ©1990 Farming Mag, Inc.

Chamberlain-Pier Funeral Home of Gordon is in charge of arrangements for Pat Strasburger

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