1930 – 2019
Woodstock – Victor J. Strama, 89, of Rocky Hill Rd., passed away on Friday, October 11, 2019, at home. He was the loving husband of Emma (Payos) Canas-Strama. Born in Rayland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Michael and Josephine (Journee) Strama.
Mr. Strama was a United States Army Veteran serving in the Quartermaster and Transportation Corps in the Far East Command during the Korean War. He was a graduate of Oklahoma State University and the Siebel Institute of Technology and was one of 403 Certified Master Bakers in the United States.
Mr. Strama was one of the founders and Charter Member of the Bread Bakers Guild of America, a 50-year member in the American Society of Baking, and the Retail Bakers of America. Mr. Strama served as a Chief Executive Officer and Operating Officer with many blue-chip companies including Kellogg’s, Unilever USA, and the Walt Disney Company. Prior to his retirement in 2012, Victor was Director of Bakery Manufacturing for Meijer in Middlebury, Indiana. Victor was very proud that he had mentored many present leaders in the baking industry during his active career.
Mr. Strama had a passion for flying and was a private pilot from the age of 16 and was a 60-year member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Victor was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 47 in Putnam, the National Rifle Association, and a member of the American Legion, Post 111 in Woodstock.
Victor is survived by his wife, Emma; a son, Veejay Strama of Boston; a daughter, Vickie J. Moreland of Vancouver, WA; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers, Michael and Robert Strama.
A private graveside service will be held at the CT Veterans Cemetery in Middletown. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.