On August 28th, 2011 Eric Vance Strautman passed away suddenly in Nelson, BC.
He was born in Nelson on February 25th, 1958, the first of four boys born to Robert and Irene Strautman.
His childhood was occupied with hockey, baseball, swimming, fishing and many adventures with the uphill gang building tree forts and climbing trees.
The family moved to Taghum in the early 1970’s, where life became full of construction, landscaping, and gardening at the family’s new hobby farm.
After high school, Eric was employed at K.F.P, the Savoy Hotel, and the Toyota Dealership in Nelson. He moved to Saskatoon in the early 1980’s where he worked selling electronics; then at a sign shop called Neon Art. In 1988 he met and married Ursula, they then had two boys, Karsten in 1989 and Kiefer in 1990. There was lots of time spent at the hockey rink, prairie lakes fishing, and skiing in the winters with his family. During this time Eric was also busy with his own business (Norm’s Sharpening) becoming a legend in the field of sharpening anything and everything. In 2006 Eric moved back to Nelson.
Eric will be missed by his mother and father Irene and Robert Strautman, brothers Trent, Randall (Wanda), and Mark (Zoe, Ava, Adam and Nolan), aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 23rd at 12pm in the chapel of Thompson Funeral Service located at 613 Ward Street, Nelson, BC.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Online condolences may be expressed at