Edward J. “Jim” Straka, 71, of Culver City, CA, passed away July 7, 2018 from pancreatic cancer.
Ed grew up in Steubenville and was a 1967 graduate of Steubenville Big Red. He was a sergeant in the 1st Armor Division-8th Infantry of the U.S. Army 1969-1971.
He was preceded in death by parents Edward “Babe” and Elizabeth “Betty” Straka and brother Steve S. Straka.
Ed leaves behind son Bart Straka of Colorado; brothers. George Straka of Steubenville and Robert Straka of Weirton; sisters Estella (John/J.J.) Virant of Weirton and Sarah Ward of Adena; niece Aubrey Virant of Weirton, nephew Chris Ward of Martins Ferry; companion Linda Asklof of Culver City and lifelong friend (brother from another mother) William “Bill” Walters and his family
Ed will be laid to rest at National Cemetery at Riverside, CA.