ELKHART — Weldon Clair Strausborger, 86, died Sunday, June 15.
He was born Feb. 16, 1928, in Gary the only child of Clair Wilhelm and Leah Merle Strausborger.
They moved to Elkhart to be closer to his father’s work on the New York Central Railroad. Weldon attended Elkhart High School and graduated in the class of 1948.
He was employed at H&A Selmer and pitched on their winning softball team. He retired April 20, 1990, after 40 years of service. While employed at Selmer, he opened his own businesses: Action Cycle, selling mini bikes and parts, and Rolling Homes Trailer Sales, selling travel trailers.
Weldon loved cars. He bought and sold many and handled dealer trades for local auto dealers. He played tennis, basketball and hockey and even had a hole-in-one on the golf course. Special in his life were vacationing and camping with his family.
He met and married Averilla May Truax, the love of his life, July 12, 1952, and he would have celebrated their 62nd anniversary this year.
He is survived by two daughters, Rill Lea Lasarenko and Kim Ann Andrews, and two granddaughters, Ashley Nicole Lasarenko and MacKenzie Lyn Andrews.
Weldon was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. Thursday, June 19, service at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home. The Rev. Karen Bray will officiate. Burial will follow in Rice Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96th St., Indianapolis, IN 46278. Online condolences may be directed to www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com.