Peter V. “Pete” Straub, 88, of Oil City, died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at UPMC Northwest in Seneca.
Born June 11, 1922, in St. Marys, he was the son of Irene (Fritz) and Peter P. Straub.
He was a graduate of Saint Vincent Preparatory School and Saint Vincent College with a degree in chemistry. Serving in the U.S. Navy in World War II, he was honorably discharged in June 1946 with a Pacific Theater Ribbon, an American Theater Ribbon, and the Victory Medal.
After the Navy, he worked at Keystone Carbon Company in St. Marys, where he met and later married Rita M. Krug on July 16, 1946. In 1968, Pete and Rita moved their family to Oil City, where he started a new career as a stockbroker, retiring in 1994.
He was an avid fly fisherman and was Director Emeritus of the Oil Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He was a founding member of the group and sat on the board of directors. He was also an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and golfer. He was president of the Elk County Crippled Children’s Society in St. Marys and was a member of the American Legion, Saint Stephen’s Choir, and the Oil City Knights of Columbus.
His wife, Rita, preceded him in death on June 12, 2006. He was also predeceased by his sisters, Mary Grace Simbeck, Elizabeth “Betty” Bosnik, Carol Williams, and Mary Straub, who died in infancy.
He is survived by four daughters, Jean Viglione and her husband Alan Viglione of Emerald Isle, NC, Doris Pickens of Oil City, Christine Straub and her husband Robert Harrison of Alexandria, Va.; and Annie Skinner and her husband James Skinner of Fort Wayne, IN; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Irene “Blondie” Taylor and Joan Smith of St. Marys; and four brothers, Jerry, Herbert, Victor and John, all of St. Marys.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Peter V. "Pete" Straub will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 4 at noon at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with the Rev. Paul Taylor OSB, his nephew, as celebrant. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.
Prior to the funeral Mass, visitation will be held at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 4 from 10-11:30 a.m.
A memorial service in honor of Pete Straub will be held at Saint Stephen’s Catholic Church, Oil City, on Thursday, May 5 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to be made to Saint Stephen’s Church, 210 Reed St., Oil City, PA 16301; or to Oil Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited, P.O. Box 366, Franklin, PA 16323.