Dr. James D. Strauss, 84, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at 3 p.m.
at The Christian Village.
(Below is a copy of
the obituary from the funeral home.)
LINCOLN-Dr. James D. Strauss, 84, passed from this
life in the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, March 19,
2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Christian Village in
He was the second son of Ernest and Cleo Strauss,
born on July 3, 1929 in Herrin, IL.
Dr. Strauss is survived by his wife of 60 years,
Jewel; daughters: Joye (Tom) Smith of Ashley, IL and
Jeaneen (Keith) Ray of Lincoln, IL. There are three
granddaughters, Ashleigh (Jason) Mauhar of Lincoln,
Allyson (Kent) Leesman of Hartsburg and Abigale Ray
(fiancé, Nate Wake) of Lincoln. Also surviving are
three great granddaughters, Arrington Jade and
Addisynn Paige Mauhar and Avia Klaire Leesman; a
sister-in-law Janet Thompson of Phoenix, AZ, a niece
Rhonda (Joe) Allen of Decatur and nephew Randall
(Barbara) Strauss of Clearwater, FL as well as many
other nieces and nephews. James was preceded in
death by his parents and his brother Robert.
Dr. Strauss had a great love for his family, friends
and his many students. Besides reading and writing,
in the past, he loved gardening and decorating his
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested
to be given to The Strauss Institute of Lincoln
Christian University or to the Abraham Lincoln
Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehab Department.
Thanks to all who cared for Dr. Strauss in so many
ways, especially to everyone at the Christian
Dr. James D. Strauss served as professor of theology
and philosophy at Lincoln Christian Seminary from
1967-1994. He has been described as the "Einstein"
of the Restoration Movement. For years, his
intellectual capacity and wide academic interest
amazed both his students and his colleagues.
He had an insatiable appetite for things concerning
the word and world of God. He wrote seven books,
studied at ten different graduate institutions in
five countries, held four advanced degrees, and
taught courses in everything from economics to
science, and during his teaching career spent nearly
every weekend on the road preaching and teaching in
churches and conventions across the country.
Dr. Strauss graduated from Butler University and
Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis (B.A,
M.A., M. Div.) and the Chicago Graduate School of
Theology (Th.M.). He received a Doctorate of
Ministry in 1975 from Eden Theological Seminary in
St. Louis, where he majored in contemporary
theology. He studied with the late Francis Schaeffer
in Switzerland and took additional work at the
University of Strasbourg in France; at Tubingen
University in West Germany; at the University of
Chicago Divinity School; and at the Institute of
Christian Studies in Toronto.
Dr. Strauss has written extensively, including
commentaries on Revelation, Job, and the Johannine
Letters, as well as Biblical treatment of the
doctrine of grace (Grace in an Achievement
Culture). His articles have been published in
such standard reference works as Carl F. H. Henry's
Dictionary of Christian Ethics, and Clark
Pinnock's Grace Unlimited.
Those who knew Professor Strauss understand that his
mental energies were always directed toward
fulfilling the mission of Christ throughout the
world. As a result, he not only molded the academic
minds, but the missionary hearts of thousands as he
discipled a generation of influential leaders for
Services will be conducted by
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home at the
Hargrove Chapel on the Lincoln Christian University
campus. Visitation will be Sunday, March 23 from
2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on
Monday, March 24, at the Hargrove Chapel with The
celebration of life following at 11:00 a.m.
officiated by Dr. Wayne Shaw and Dr. Robert Kurka.