By Dave Woods
JOPLIN, Mo. —
David Lee Straub, M.D., of Joplin, Mo., passed away peacefully after a short illness at The University of Kansas Medical Center on Friday, July 5, 2013, at the age of 72.
David is survived by his loving wife, Myra Ligeko Straub, of 48 years. They were married at St. Mary Catholic Church in Independence, Mo. On July 3, 1965.
David is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Christina Wipfli and husband, Gerald and their children, Kyle and Katherine, of Edmond, Okla.; his son, Patrick Straub and wife, Kristie and their children, Julian and Luciana, of Cedar Park, Texas; his son, Jonathan Straub and wife, Tracey and their children, Laken and Julia, of Eudora, Kan.; his brother, Galen Straub and wife, Cheryl, of Stevensville, Mont.; his sister-in-law, Annie Straub, of Baldwin City, Kan.; along with his nieces and nephews. David is preceded in death by his daughter, Katherine Anastasia Straub; his parents, F. Keith and Ethel Straub; his brother, Loyd Straub; and his sister-in-law, Katherine Ligeko.
David was born in Holton, Kan., on Sept. 23, 1940. He graduated from Hiawatha High School, Hiawatha, Kan., in 1958 and went on to earn a Bachelors degree in History from the University of Kansas in 1962. He received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Kansas in 1966. David served as a captain in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 69. After completing his pediatric residency at the University of Kansas, David practiced medicine as a pediatrician until 1976.
Following his fellowship in allergy and immunology at Childrens Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo., David practiced in Joplin until his retirement in 2012.
David was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Joplin. He served as vice-president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He enjoyed attending his grandchildrens events, watching Kansas Jayhawk basketball, and playing golf at Twin Hills Country Club and any other golf course he could find. Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk!
Funeral Mass for Dr. Straub will be held on Tuesday, July 9, at St. Marys Catholic Church in Joplin, with Father Jim Ward officiating. The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the chapel of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin, with a brief Prayer Service to begin at 5:45 p.m. Graveside services with full military honors will be held on Wednesday at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo. Those honoring his life by serving as pallbearers are Galen Straub, Michael Kelly, Patrick Kelly, Gerald Wipfli, Richard Patterson, Dr. Howard Roberts and Dr. Magaral Hari with Dr. Shawn Sabapathy serving as an honorary pallbearer.
In lieu of flowers memorials are being directed to St. Marys Catholic Church Building Fund or St. Vincent de Paul Society and contributions may be left at the mortuary.
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Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of the Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary in Joplin, Mo.