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Vernard "Ben" Strouse

Tuesday, June 26th, 1928 - Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
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Vernard “Ben” Strouse, 92

Vernard “Ben” Strouse, 92 of Ashland passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 in University Hospital in Elyria.

He was born on June 26, 1928 in Jelloway the son of the late Everett and Iva Jane Strouse.
Ben graduated from Loudonville High School, Class of 1946, after humble beginnings from a one room schoolhouse. He proudly served in the Army National Guard.

He married the love of his life, the former Marjorie McCall on June 13, 1954.

Ben retired from Lawson’s/Dairy Mart after many years of service. He worked previously at Southern Sash and Kroger. Following his retirement, Ben worked as a school bus driver for Ashland City Schools for 13 years.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church. Ben was a devoted masonic lodge member having belonged to several lodges including Mansfield Commandery #221, Canton Chapter #84, Canton Council #35, and Conrad Lodge #271. Ben volunteered at both Samaritan Hospital and Hospice of North Central Ohio. He was an avid animal lover, especially his late canine companion, Ginger.

Ben is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mrs. Marjorie Strouse of Ashland; three daughters, Susan (Dan) Barcus of Houston, Texas, Karen Cook of Hayesville, Beverly (Mark) Stewart, of Ravenna; one son, Timothy (Lee) Strouse of North Ridgeville; seven grandchildren, Sarah (Marty) Filip of Fate, Texas, Chris Barcus of Houston, Texas, Kyle Cook of Hayesville, Monica (Andrew) Pitts of Indianapolis, Indiana, Meredith (Kyle) Stanhope of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, Kelsey Strouse of North Ridgeville, and Zachary Strouse of North Ridgeville; seven great grandchildren; and one sister, Mary (Vance) Grube of DeSoto, Kansas.

In addition to his parents, Ben was preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence, Dennis, and Samuel Strouse.
Funeral services will be held, Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home with Reverend Tom Snyder and Reverend Alan Bevere officiating. A meal and time of fellowship will be held immediately after the service in the Legacy Room of the funeral home. Interment will be in the Ashland County Memorial Park. Friends may call one hour prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home.

For those unable to attend, the service will be available via Facebook on the funeral home’s page.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 220 Sandusky Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805 or to the Ashland County Humane Society, 1710 Garfield Avenue, Ashland, Ohio 44805.

The family would like to thank Kindred at Home, Sunshine Homecare, and University Hospitals Samaritan and Elyria Medical Center for their care and compassion they have shown the family.

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Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, December 19th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, December 19th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Funeral Services

    Saturday, December 19th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, December 19th, 2020 2:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Reverend Tom Snyder
    Reverend Alan Bevere
  • Interment

    Saturday, December 19th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Saturday, December 19th, 2020 3:00pm
    Ashland County Memorial Park
    1058 US 250 North
    Ashland, OH 44805
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O Joseph Murray

Posted at 09:31am
I extend my condolences to Marjorie Strouse and her children. I was fortunate to have known Ben and his family by living across the street from them on Meadow Lane and our mutual membership at First Methodist for many years.

Ben was the epitome of a loving husband, father, and faithful Christian.

– Joe Murray

Debra Hamilton

Posted at 10:06am
Dear Marge, Karen, Kyle and the rest of Ben's loved ones. I trust you will be OK in this time of grief. I will miss seeing Ben in the Balcony. He was always kind to me. And said nice comments to me and others in the Balcony. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AT THIS TIME. LOVE IN JESUS, DEBBIE HAMILTON

Peg Keller

Posted at 10:45am
We are sending prayers and our condolences to Ben's whole family.
A lot of memories we have with Ben, in the many years of working together at Lawson/Dairy Mart. This wonderful man will truly be missed my many people that crossed his path for so many years. (Let the "BIG O" roll on) RIP Ben!!!
Howard and Peg Keller

C & M Barnes

Posted at 08:40am
Charles & Melody Barnes send their sincere condolences to The Strouse family in their loss of Father & Husband Ben. We give thanks to God for his love for family and life. I know family will be well in the days to come with the care of Marge. Blessings to All!

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