Bob Strait passes away, weeks after attack in home

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Updated: 5/09/2012 1:14 pm Published: 5/04/2012 12:35 pm

A World War II veteran attacked in a home invasion died Friday morning.

The paratrooper passed away around 11 am at a Tulsa hospital. The medical examiner will perform an autopsy to determine his cause of death.

The 90-year-old man and his 85-year-old wife were beaten in a home invasion on March 14th, the next day his wife, Nancy, died.

His family believes the pain the suspects inflicted on their parents caused their father to die from a broken heart.

A life shattered after 65 years of marriage.

"He was a strong man, strong heart and he loved mamma. As long as mamma was alive he was going to fight to live. But he lost that will,” said Mr. Strait’s daughter Lanora.

Bob Strait survived parachuting behind enemy lines during the invasion of Normandy in World War II, but he couldn’t survive the loss of his wife.

"His zest of life was gone when mamma died,” said Mr. Strait’s daughter Andra.

The daughters believe their parents would still be alive had robbers not invaded their home.

"When he knew mom had died in the hospital he told us he was ready to go,” said Andra.

Seven weeks later, Mr. Strait died. He passed away quietly Friday morning with Lanora by his side.

"He asked me Wednesday morning when I got here if her grave was decorated and I said, ‘yes daddy we have flowers on it and it's beautiful.’ He shook his head yes and got this funny look on his face and he looked toward the wall and I could see from that point on it was over” said Lanora.

He was surrounded by pictures of Nancy, letters from grandchildren and his favorite hobbies, wood carvings and model airplanes.

"He knew he was safe he didn't have to worry anymore,” said Lanora.

However, what keeps his family focused is the fight for justice.

"I am angry, very angry that for seven weeks my father was in a prison within himself and there are still these individuals on the street doing what they want to do. I want them picked up. I want them punished” said Lanora. "They should be punished for what they did to my mom and dad and not be allowed to do this again. No one else should suffer."

The day after the attack Tyrone Woodfork, 20, was arrested. He has been charged with Mrs. Strait’s murder and Mr. Strait’s attack.

Homicide detectives believe there are at least two other suspects, possibly a total of five.

Investigators released surveillance photos of two men seen in a stolen vehicle around the scene of the Strait’s home during the attack.

Detectives are waiting on results from forensic evidence found at the scene of the home.

Investigators are waiting on results from Mr. Strait’s autopsy. Depending on those results, it’s unclear if the District Attorney will file additional charges against Woodfork and the other suspects.

This case has attracted attention beyond Tulsa. Former Army Ranger Nick Palmisciano from North Carolina is making a plea on YouTube for people to help the family.

Today, the family received a plaque from Palmsciano and his clothing company RangerUp. He also an online donation for the family.

A group not connected to the Straits are holding a Strait Justice Rally ride on May 12th, at 1:00. It starts at Town Pump Lounge at 3330 S. Memorial and will end the next morning at 2:00 am.

A Justice for Bob and Nancy Strait Facebook page has also been created by a group not related to the Strait family.

A trust has been set up in Bob and Nancy’s name at Arvest bank.

The neighborhood where the Strait’s were attacked set up an Alert Neighbor program.

If you have any information about this case call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS (2677) or text a tip to “CRIMES” (274637) and begin your message with “TIP918” or you can submit a tip online at Remember you never have to give your name and your tip could lead to a cash reward.

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greg1992 - 5/8/2012 9:48 AM
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Where oh where is the outrage of President Obonehead, Jesse Jerkoff and Al Sharkton?

DjandDreasmom - 5/7/2012 5:07 PM
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I pray they catch all the low lifes involved in this crime and charge them with both murders. Just sad....

forklift - 5/7/2012 11:22 AM
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what a shock. a family is destroyed senselessly and the same zombie drones post about jesse jackson and the naacp. Why don't you two get out there and fight for the rights of white people. It is obvious that no one protects you all. Stop wasting your time with spewing nonsense and send the family a card or donation. Stop wasting your time spewing ignorance and become a community leader.

ellen - 5/5/2012 7:32 AM
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What terrible news to wake up to, that good and decent man. I suppose he wanted to be with his wife. This should never have happened.

drdisaster - 5/5/2012 4:13 AM
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Death by hanging.

watchdog11 - 5/4/2012 10:53 PM
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They think no one knows who they are, but someone does and that someone is going straight to the cops, this good old man dying was the last straw, these thugs better start making a deal with the DA one of them is getting ready to talk, and he will get off easier, no matter though, they are going down just like that punk Allen Shields did, they gotta feel it is over for them, they are going to death row, only one will be spared.

Baxter - 5/4/2012 9:28 PM
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Not to worry. I am sure the father of a ohild from his mistress, Jesse jackson, will certainly show up at Bob Strait's funeral to express his outrage!!!!

MaryGW - 5/4/2012 7:04 PM
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So very sad! My prayers to the family and friends. Rest in Peace Bob and Nancy Strait.

Anonymous - 5/4/2012 5:19 PM
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Why do we not hear the NAACP getting on the Racist bandwagon for this? I's because this WWII Veteran and His Wife were not Black, and the perps were not white. WHY????? This sounds like a HUGE hate crime to me. Our society has gone to hell, and this is a prime example. As a Desert Storm, OIF/OEF veteran, I wish this fallin' Soldier's family my sympathy, and support, and I hope they find these black racists and execute them by beating them to death. Let's give them what they gave to this poor family.

OFBD1 - 5/4/2012 5:00 PM
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Sad to here this
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