Edwin J. Stroman Jr.
EDWIN JACOB STROMAN, JR. April 22, 1929 ~ June 30, 2016 Edwin Jacob Stroman Jr., 87, passed away with his family by his side on June 30, 2016. Ed suffered from dementia and Alzheimer's for the last several years and succumbed to complications of the disease. He has been a resident at the Brookdale Assisted Living Facility for 6 1/2 years- where he received excellent care, particularly in his final days.
He was born April 22, 1929 in Harrisburg, PA., born to Edwin Jacob Stroman and Ethel (Mann) Stroman. Ed married Janet Mae (Cannon) March 29, 1952. They met at Mare Island, while he was in the Navy (1948-1952) and Janet in the Air Force. After a 2-week courtship, they wed in Elko, Nevada.
Initially, after graduating from high school, in Harrisburg, he moved to Washington DC and took a job with the FBI. He then enlisted in the Navy where he was a Morse Code operator on the USS Skagit and the USS Cavalier during the Korean War. After leaving the Navy, he returned to the Bureau in D.C.
He enrolled at American University and worked his way through school. He received his bachelor's degree in political science, with a minor in police administration. In 1957, he continued with the FBI eventually transferring to San Francisco. He made a career change in 1960, joining a young and upcoming police department in Fremont, CA. He retired as a lieutenant from Fremont PD in 1985. Ed and family made their home in the Irvington District of Fremont, 1960-1991.
Ed & Jan moved to Red Bluff in 1991, where they enjoyed the "country life" and their many new friends. In addition, they traveled to many places with their Airstream group, including China. Ed lost his best friend and beloved wife of 50 years, Jan, in 2002.
Ed was a Mason, Shriner and member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He belonged to Sunol Valley Golf Club when living in Fremont and Wilcox Oaks Golf Club, from 1992-2003. He was a nature lover and lifelong golfer, thoroughly enjoying the camaraderie of the people and the game. However, his number one passion was his family, particularly his grandchildren and their sports participation. He is survived by his son, Edwin Jacob Stroman III, and his wife Karla; Granddaughter, Aubrie Thomas, her husband Luke and their daughters Quinn and Reagan; Grandson Jacob Stroman; Granddaughter Ashton Kinyon, her husband Ryan, and their daughter Emrie. He is also survived by his daughter Debbie Stroman Clark, and her husband Steve; Granddaughter Stacie Andersen, her husband Erik and their son Michael and daughter MacKenzie; Granddaughter Leslie Clark and her daughter Layla. A friend wrote this about our father: "I respected your father greatly. He helped so many that knew him. His frank honesty kept us in line when our youthfulness led us down the wrong path. He wasn't afraid to tell it like it was, which is so rare these days. He was a man whose values of hard work, honesty, stick-to-it-iveness, no excuses, discipline and loyalty (to name a few) created the potential for you to be the best!"
There will be a memorial service on August 5, 2016, in the gymnasium of Tehama Family Fitness Center (10:00 am). This will be followed by a burial at the Northern California Veteran's Cemetery in Igo (12:30 pm). The Fremont Police Honor Guard will take part in the ceremony. Ed had a lifelong love of dogs and a special interest in military and police K-9s. A donation in his honor, made to the Red Bluff Police K-9 Program, would make him especially proud. Please send to: Red Bluff Police Department/K-9 Program- Attention: Chief Sanders,
555 Washington St. #B, Red Bluff, CA. 96080