James E. Straub


James E. Straub, 91, passed away on August 9, 2021.

He was born Dec. 17, 1929 in Carlinville the son of Elmer and Temperance Godbey Straub.

Jim grew up in Carlinville, and was the owner of Straub Bros., a trucking company started by his father, Elmer and Uncle Otto in 1929. While living in Carlinville he was active in Boy Scouting attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, serving as scoutmaster for Troop 64 for 21 years.

He served on the Abraham Lincoln Council executive board and received the silver beaver award. He was the youngest scoutmaster at the 1953 National Jamboree.

He was an active member of Zion Lutheran church serving as president and secretary of the voter’s assembly. He held various offices in the Carlinville Junior Chamber of Commerce and was voted outstanding man of the year. He also served on the executive board and was president of the Carlinville Chamber of Commerce and on the board of directors of the Farmers and Merchants Bank.

In 1983 he sold the trucking company and moved his family to Englewood, Florida, where a new phase of his life began. He became the senior boat captain at Palm Island Resort and piloted Island Harbor #1 for 17 years. He was active in the Englewood US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 87 serving as public education officer, and up until the age of 88 was the unofficial grounds keeper at the Auxiliary’s building.

Captain Jim was a kind and gentle person filled with warmth, humor and stories who loved to have an interesting conversation with a good friend or a family member. He enjoyed reading especially westerns and American history, baking, and was a master furniture maker.

He is survived by his children, Wendy (Patrick) Weichert of Rutherfordton, NC, James Straub of Sarasota, FL, William (Tally) Straub of Oklahoma, Mimi Williams (Michael Smith) of New Port Richey, Fl, and Christian (Kristin) Straub of Englewood, Fl.; grandchildren, Edie Weichert, James Corbin, Zach Loveless, Jamie Lynn Straub, Hayden Williams, Madison Williams, Ryan Straub, Chloe Straub, Winter Straub, Talon Straub; great grandchildren, Jax Loveless and Spencer Elizabeth Loveless; brother-in-law Carl Kelley of Danielsville, GA; sister-in-law, Alice Hunt of Mesa, AZ, several nieces and nephews, and friends Courtney De Filippis, Natalie Corey, Beth Loveless, and Angie Traylor.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Lorna Kelley Straub; his parents; and sisters, Lilas and Sally.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 25 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Englewood, Fla.

The family requests no flowers but ask those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to their favorite charity.

Arrangements were made by Lemon Bay Funeral Home Englewood, Florida

Condolences may be left at dignitymemorial.com.