Myron J. TeStrake
June 2, 1938 - June 10, 2017
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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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Wed, June 14, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


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Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home
1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761


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Lysle Whitmer
Jun 15, 2017

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

Jun 15, 2017
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 conversations with him, and chuckled went I read that part of the obit. Our thoughts and prayers with you all.

Lysle Whitmer
Lynne Wilson Reimers
Jun 15, 2017

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.

Randy & Lesa (Greenwald) Wagner
Jun 15, 2017

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. You have lots of good memories to hold on to.

Jean Eichelberger
Jun 14, 2017

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.

John and Phyllis TeStrale
Jun 13, 2017

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

Jun 13, 2017
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 we were looking at the house that used to be the hospital where they were born and Myron was helping John navigate the uneven terrain.

John and Phyllis TeStrale
Matt Wilson
Jun 13, 2017

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.

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