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Charles David Strauss

October 1, 2021 | 11 comments

Charles David Strauss, 61, of Holmen, passed away peacefully on August 13, 2021 in his home in Holmen. He was born on October 11, 1959 to Arlen and Audrey Strauss.

Charles enjoyed camping, fishing, and sledding with his family and friends.  He loved to feed the wildlife near his home.  He loved spending time with his family, including his children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.  Charles was a great babysitter.  He loved hunting for ginseng along the bluffs in the coulee region. He also loved diving for clams and pearls in the Mississippi River.

Charles is survived by his son, James Strauss; daughter Holly Strauss; father, Arlen Strauss; brothers, Daniel, Richard, and Edward (Tina) Strauss; sister, Denise (James) Schaufel; and stepdaughter, Cassey (Arik) Brantner.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Audrey Strauss; sister, Christina Strauss, and stepdaughter, Samantha Moore.

The family would like to thank his son, James; brother, Richard; and niece, Nadine; who nursed him and helped him during the last few months of his life.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00pm on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at The Gathering Place, 133 Mason St. Onalaska, with visitation from 11:00 am until the time of the service.



  1. Jackie Maher

    So sorry for your loss. I remember Charlie well back in the day. Hugs and prayers your his family!!

    • Patricia (Spickerman) Swider

      Hello Strauss family it’s Patty Spickerman Swider I’m sorry to hear about Charlie sounds like he had a good life. He was always nice to me I’m also sorry to hear about your Mom and Crissy I’ve tried to find you in the past not a pleasant way to find you Much love to you all

  2. Mandy

    I have a lot of great memories of Uncle Charlie. He used to babysit me when I was young and take the kids camping. I remember going tubing at Apple River and sledding as well which was a lot of fun. He will be missed.

  3. Noreen Kazer Rak, David Kazer.

    OH, I sm so so sorry to read this. Sening prayers and hugs from the Kazers. So, so sorry.

  4. Edward Strauss

    Growing up in the Strauss household, we were always causing and getting into trouble. This was part of the fun adventure growing up in Camp Lake, and I now have many interesting stories to tell my boys. I miss the mischievous laugh and the soft grin Charlie had, and of course the big heart for family.

    God bless

    • Patty

      So sorry for your loss 😢 we sure did have alot of adventures 😊

  5. Barbara Meyers

    So sad to read this news about Charlie. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Lots of memories of you kids through the years; the summer get togethers at our old farmhouse when family visited….all the graduations, showers, and weddings in Camp Lake, and of course 4th of July’s at Pettibone and Apple Fests in La Crescent. I remember you as always having fun with maybe a little mischief thrown in. Condolences and hugs from the Meyers Family.

  6. Denise Schaufel

    Miss you bro. May you Rest In Peace.

  7. James Strauss

    You were my best friend rest in peace buddy

  8. David kazer

    R.I.P. Charlie
    The memories you gave us live on forever. No words for them they had to be lived..
    The best neighbors I ever had in my life!
    Party on in heaven man !

  9. Jim Von Dissen

    So sorry to hear of cousin Charlie’s passing. Certainly miss the holidays we spent together at Grandma and Grandpa Strauss’s. RIP cousin. I know you have no pain now


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