Anthony "Tony" Strumme, 87, of Seaside, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at home.

He was born May 16, 1921, in Fargo, N.D., to Gaard and Olga Strumme. His parents immigrated from Norway in 1918. He was raised in the Seattle area, and worked with his father as a concrete contractor.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy.

He married Mernie Segur. They later divorced.

In 1957, he married Doris Ferguson. She survives.

In 1948, he moved from the Seattle area to Kennewick, Wash., where he continued his work as a concrete contractor. He lived briefly in Guam, where he worked a foreman for Black Construction. In 1965, he moved to Seaside. He was a self-employed concrete contractor until he retired in the early 1980s.

He was a member of the American Legion, Seaside Post No. 99.

Family members said he was a skilled ballroom dancer. He loved to dance, read Western novels and listen to country music.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Pat Strumme of Seaside; two daughters, Toni Wood and her husband, William Holt, of Waxahachie, Texas, and Jorjett Strumme of Seaside; four granddaughters, Debbie Wood, Shonna Kaye Andersen, Terri Adams and Amy Snook; eight great-grandchildren; two nieces, Trina Lemke of Seaside and Elizabeth Deal of Portland; two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Jean and Edward Deal and Shirley Linhoff, all of Kennewick; and many other nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Seaside American Legion, 1315 Broadway.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the book fund at the Seaside Library, or an animal shelter, in care of Ocean View Cremation & Burial Service, 1213 Franklin Ave., Astoria, OR 97103.


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