Obituary of Jon Francis Straatemeier
On Saturday, October 5, 2019, a Nevada City resident since 1982, Jon Francis Straatemeier, loved by all, passed away at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, CA, surrounded by his family members. He was 74.
He passed from leukemia which he had just found out he had.
Jon was born in November of 1944 in New York City to Francis Ernst and Frieda Elizabeth Straatemeier. After spending 7 of his early years in The Hague, Holland, he moved to Los Altos, CA, and graduated from Los Altos High in 1962. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology from Whittier College in California in 1966. Afterwards, he worked as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA for 40 years.
Jon loved nature, sitting by the ocean, hiking, building beautiful houses, gardening, sailing, boating, riding his Harley and new electric bike, family and his friends. He was known for his quick wit, sparkling blue eyes, wide smile, infectious laugh, and his kind, gentle, and compassionate spirit. He will be missed by all!
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Survivors include his daughter, Heidi Straatemeier-Winslow, (by his first wife, Patricia Cowan); sons Logan and Bryce Straatemeier (by second wife, Andrea Straatemeier, who sadly passed in 2007), daughter-in-law to be, Stacey Arand, significant other, Shannon Smead Samuel; sisters Gerardina Straatemeier and Pamela Straatemeier-Petersen; grandchildren Kayla and Tyler Winslow, Jordan Winslow, Kaylee Andrea Straatemeier, godson Jason Rider, many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends, as well as his beloved dog Roni.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., on November 9, 2019 at his home, 18098 State Hwy 20, Nevada City, CA. Light finger foods will be served.
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