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Donald W. Strang, Jr.

Obituary for Donald W. Strang, Jr.

January 5, 1938 - July 12, 2020
Boca Grande, Florida | Age 82

Loving Husband, Father, Pap Pap and Great Grand Poohbah


Donald William Strang Jr., high school sweetheart and husband of 63 years of Karen Kline Strang, father to Donald William Strang III(Dawn), David Eugene Strang(Marilee), Peter Wayne Strang(Jennifer), and Allison Strang Shaw(Brent). Devoted Pap Pap to Peter(Sandra), Kristen(Cameron), Samuel, Josephine, William "Zeke", Mitchell(Malori), Madeline(Chris), Olivia(John), W. Grayson, Riley, and Whitney; Great Grand Poohbah to Penelope and Althea; passed away peacefully Sunday July 12, 2020 surrounded by family.

Don demonstrated what he preached to his family; kindness, charity, education, hospitality, treating everyone with dignity and respect and reflecting God's qualities as much as possible. He was a Class taught Christian Scientist and cherished his spiritual education. He was a member of First Church of Christ Scientists, Rocky River. He was kind and gregarious with everyone he knew and met, always assuming his overtures would be received with kindness and a certain amount of glee. It was this trust in each person as God's child, perfect in every way, that inspired his connections and warm responses.

A loving and enthusiastic family man, he and Karen would pile the family in a station wagon with a car top carrier and ski rack with six pairs of skis for trips to upstate New York and Colorado, and for spring trips to Florida. He hosted, with Karen, annual Christmas ski vacations for the entire extended family. In retirement, his boat trips to the North Channel of the Georgian Bay with Karen and friends were some of his favorite times.

Hospitality was also in his blood. He graduated from The Cornell School of Hotel Administration in 1960 starting a legacy of eleven Cornell graduates within his family. After graduating, Don joined Strang Corporation working for his father. Having fathered four children, Don was soon moving for the business from Ithaca NY to New Orleans, Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago and Cleveland before becoming CEO of the Strang Corporation in 1971. Under his servant leadership, Strang Corporation grew to own and operate Howard Johnsons, Hampton Inns, Holiday Inns, Comfort Inns, Don's Lighthouse, Don's Pomeroy House, Don's Fishmarket, Don's Butcher block, Don's River City Café and Panera Bread. Don also opened, with a partner, 85 Applebee's restaurants including the 7th oldest in existence. Strang Corporation continues to be a family business with all four of his children involved as owners, executives and or directors. A fourth generation now works in the business as well….His servant leadership and hospitality legacy continues.

Don joined the Board of the Greater Cleveland Salvation Army and served as Chairman before being asked to join The Salvation Army National Board. He felt privileged to help serve the poor and enrich the affections of those most in need.

In lieu of flowers, The Strang Family encourages you to consider a Memorial to be forwarded to the Greater Cleveland Salvation Army, 2507 E 22nd St., Cleveland, OH 44115, The Cleveland Orchestra, 11001 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106, or Healthnetwork Foundation, which was very involved in Don's care for the past six years, 33 River Street, Chagrin Falls, OH 44022.

Memorial Service to be livestreamed Monday July 20 at 10AM. Please call 1 440 333 9774 for the livestream link. Private Interment Lakeview Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio. Please go to Strang Obituary to record a SEND HUGS video condolence to the Strang Family. 440 333 9774

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  • Greater Cleveland Salvation Army
    2507 E 22nd Street
    Cleveland, OH 44115
  • The Cleveland Orchestra
    11011 Euclid Avenue
    Cleveland, OH 44106
  • Healthnetwork Foundation
    33 River Street
    Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

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