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Donald F. Strait - 72

9/27/1946 - 1/17/2019

Carterville, GA

Donald F. Strait. Age 72. Passed away January 17, 2019. Cartersville Georgia resident formerly of Hazel Crest. Graduate of Thornton High School Class of 1964. Worked 18 years as a Machinist at Alacsco then onto Bee Line Towing until he changed careers into stock car racing. He was a team leader for 20 years in ARCA and NASCAR. After car racing he worked at Phoenix Air as a master fabricator. Beloved husband of 51 years to Cheryl nee Christofero. Loving father of Gina Crusius, Deanna “Dee” (Charles) Tabing and Jon (Sarah) Strait. Grandfather of Carly and Casey Crusius, Chloe Tabing, Isla and Oliver Strait. Son of the late Victoria nee Johnson and Frank Strait. Brother of JoAnn Allen and Robert (Ruth) Strait. Brother in-law of Jack (Shirley) Christofero and the late Mary (late Severino) Lazzari. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Donald is reunited with his beloved dog Lucy. Memorial visitation at Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, 530 W 14th St (US Rt 30, 3 blks E of Western Ave), Chicago Heights on Saturday February 23rd from 1:00 PM until time of memorial service 3:30 PM. Burial private. Info 708-481-9230 and


  • Lloyd p doogan

    on 02/18/19

    Hi this is it long time Dons strit really help me through life of the family is awesome lotta years and racing just very much going to be missed it’s not a day goes by I don’t think about him thank you
  • R. Ross

    on 03/27/19

    My sincerest condolences to the Strait Family for the loss of your dear love one Donald.  May Jehovah the "God of all comfort" continue to provide your family the strength to endure during this very difficult time.....2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 and 1 Peter 5:7.

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