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Merill "Jiggs" Strater, Jr.

March 30, 1928 -
December 24, 2021

Merill “Jiggs” Strater Jr. died peacefully at his residence in Naperville Friday, December 24.

Merill was born March 30, 1928, in Ivesdale, to Merill and Lela Strater.  After graduating from Bement High School in 1948 he joined the Navy and was stationed for a short time in Cuba.  He married Norma Stiverson in…read more

Merill “Jiggs” Strater Jr. died peacefully at his residence in Naperville Friday, December 24.

Merill was born March 30, 1928, in Ivesdale, to Merill and Lela Strater.  After graduating from Bement High School in 1948 he joined the Navy and was stationed for a short time in Cuba.  He married Norma Stiverson in 1951. She preceded him in death.

Jiggs and Norma had two children, Gary (Sasha) Strater, who preceded him in death, and Debbie (Tim) Neumayer of Naperville. Grandchildren Christopher (Shannon) Neumayer of Hinsdale and Jill (Pat) Roche of Oswego; four great granddaughters, Stella, Isla, Gwen, and Mallory.

Jiggs was a supervisor for Canteen Vending Company for many years. After retirement he drove for Sullivan Chevrolet which allowed him to travel and drive some really nice cars at the same time.  He enjoyed camping, golfing and watching Illini sports.  Jiggs was much loved and will be missed by many. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Urbana.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 701 E. Florida Ave., Urbana.  Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.  Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Condolences may be offered at morganmemorialhome.com.

 

 

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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Time: 10:00 am

Trinity Lutheran Church

Address:

701 E. Florida Ave.
Urbana, Illinois 61801

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Time: 11:00 am

Trinity Lutheran Church

Address:

701 E. Florida Ave.
Urbana, Illinois 61801

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