MUSCATINE, Iowa - Myron John TeStrake, 79, of Muscatine, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at his home.
Celebration of Life Gathering will be from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Online condolences: www.wittichfuneralhome.com
Myron was born on June 2, 1938, in Muscatine, the son of Elmer John and Cora Belle Haan TeStrake. He married Shirley Boller on January 14, 1956, in Canton, Missouri. They celebrated 61 years of marriage this past January.
Myron was an early bird and loved his work. He worked for the family business, TeStrake Brothers, Inc. that was started by his grandfather, John A. TeStrake in 1903. In the 1980's Myron took over the business from his father, Elmer and valued longtime, loyal customers and associates. He loved working with his dad and later on alongside his oldest son, Mark.
He was on the 1954 Muscatine High School state basketball championship team. He was a 50 year plus member of the Moose Lodge #388 and a former member of the A.F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge #641 and also drove a school bus for extracurricular activities for many years.
Myron enjoyed his many travels throughout his lifetime to Hawaii, Spain, California, Mexico and the Caribbean and his many visits to see his family in Kansas City, Minneapolis, Georgia, Nashville, Colorado and South Carolina. Myron loved sports, loved watching his kids play, and was a little league coach for his grandsons. He loved to boat, water ski, and tube on the Mississippi River, Gull Lake, Norfork Lake and Mark Twain Lake.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Shirley TeStrake of Muscatine; his children, Mark TeStrake and wife, Kathy of Muscatine and their children Tara Hamburg and husband, Matt, Jon TeStrake and wife, Sharon; Marcy Gear of Muscatine and her children, Gavin Gear and wife Meghan, Jacob Gear, Miles Gear and Meggie Gear; Matt TeStrake and wife, Kristi of Olathe, Kansas and their children, Ava TeStrake and Luke TeStrake; Mia Dirks and husband, Monte of Minneapolis, Minnesota and their children, Ani Dirks and Liam Dirks; two great grandchildren, Dean and Taylor; one brother, Don TeStrake and wife, Sue of Centennial, Colorado; one sister, Virginia Drinkall of Muscatine.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Marion Hilton and Joan Baker.
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Mark, and family, so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with your father and doing business with him. A person always felt he had your best interest in mind when we would price grain. I remember some long con... more
Prayers to the TeStrake family. Myron and the Muskie gang were so important in my brother's life. Great memories over the years and my from my childhood watching those Muskie basketball teams. God Bless.
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. You have lots of good memories to hold on to.
Myron was good to work with over the years and his parents were friends with my parents. Condolences to the Testrake family. Virgil and Joan Eichelberger.
Shirley and family We are so very sorry for your loss, please accept our sincere sympathy. John of course, has many memories of Myron. Most recently would be viewing the I80 truck show. I remember a couple of years ago ... more
TeStrake family - Please know that you are all in my prayers. I have such great memories of watching Myron, my dad and the rest of the old Muskies playing league basketball growing up. God Bless you all.