Thomas Oliver Straw

Thomas Oliver Straw passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 6, 
2016, at the age of 88.

He was the devoted husband of the late Arlayne Straw (nee Hinterberg); 
irreplaceable father of Wendy Straw of Chicago, Ellen (Jeff) Bogart of 
Santa Fe, N.M., and Jennifer (Terry) Ramey of Huber Heights, Ohio; 
grandfather of Justin Young and Lynn Young (Bob McElwee); 
great-grandfather of Nicholas and Natalie McElwee; brother of Dorothy 
Morita; and brother-in-law of Carol Barbee, Janice (Roger) Kowalchyk and 
Shirley Metz. He is further survived by nieces, especially his “fourth 
daughter” Judi Brultz, nephews, cousins and friends.

Tom served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army. Following 
service, Tom was a proud member of the steamfitters and pipefitters 
union for over 60 years and he was an employee of Johnson Controls for 
37 years. He enjoyed nature and wildlife and contributed to the 
conservancy of both. He was a firm believer in giving back in the form 
of donations to his favorite charities. He was also very dedicated to 
his dogs, the latest being Pappy and Rocky.

Visitation will be at Krause Funeral Home, 12401 W. National Ave., New 
Berlin, on Saturday, January 16, from 10-11:45 a.m., with a celebration 
of life at 12 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to the American Cancer 
Society, N19W24350 Riverwood Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188, or The Nature 
Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100 Arlington, VA 22203-1606.
Krause Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, please 
call 262-786-8009 or visit online at www.krausefuneralhome.com.