Senseless crime shatters 65 year marriage

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Updated: 3/22/2012 9:14 am Published: 3/21/2012 10:47 pm

A 90-year-old man severely beaten in a home invasion one week ago in north Tulsa is out of the hospital and home with his family.

He did not want to return to the home where his 65 year marriage ended with senseless crime.  

"I am just taking it one day at a time with daddy,” said Bob Strait’s daughter Andra.

On March 14th, Bob and Nancy Strait were attacked in a home invasion.

The next day a man recognized Strait’s stolen car. Police found Tyrone Woodfork, 20, in the driver’s seat of the car.

That night Nancy Strait died from her injuries.

The Straits were a couple born from the greatest generation.  They built a family with six children, 18 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

"I’ll have to remember the happy times, my mamma and dad,” said Andra.

Mr. Strait was in the 101st Airborne Division in World War II. He and his brother were awared a Bronze medal. When Bob came home from the war he met 19-year-old Nancy.  Three weeks later they were married.

"They knew what they wanted. I guess mommy and daddy wanted a family,” said Andra.

They moved into their north Tulsa home in 1970.

"He didn't talk much, he was real quiet, my mom was the talker she was the storyteller,” said Andra. "We weren't a rich family, we ate a lot of fried beans and corn bread. We didn't know we weren't rich because mamma made home-made jellies. We had everything we wanted."

Mr. Strait was a woodworker on the side but spent his career at Lee C. Moore and worked on the iconic Tulsa Driller at the state fairgrounds.

The two lived a 65-year love story.  Their daughter Andra said it was the little things that made them special.

"You knew he loved his wife, my mamma,” said Andra.

Mrs. Strait was nearly blind and Mr. Strait’s hearing wasn’t good. He would put the salt by her plate and she always had cream and sugar for his coffee.

"They just made sure they took care of each other,” said Andra.

However, when attackers burst into their home they were defenseless.

“As far as the gentleman, the gentlemen, that did this I hope the courts will do their job,” said Andra.

She found her parents bleeding and helpless in their home.

“All I was thinking is that I had to get them out and take care of them,” said Andra. “After that, I try not to think about that part."

Woodfork is in custody being held without bond on a first-degree murder charge, robbery, assault and burglary charges.

"What daddy asked that's what you do, what mamma wants that's what you do. You respect your elders and do what they ask,” said Andra.

A contrast belief from the attackers who took her mother and beat her father.

"It's sad that this generation is not being raised to respect their elders or their parents,” said Andra.

Mr. Strait is home with her, he has a broken jaw and two broken ribs. He was sleeping when FOX23 visited her home.

"I do a lot of praying for strength to handle what I have to handle,” said Andra.

Like the war, Mr. Strait won’t talk about what happened on March 14th, 2012.

"He will take it to his grave. He will pick up and keeping going and take it day to day like he has done with his whole life,” said Andra.

However, she knows from his final words with his wife, he’ll keep loving his wife.

"His words to her were, ‘I love that old woman’ and that is what he said. He looked at her and held her hand and said ‘I love this old woman’. And then he looked around the room to all, about 30 of us in the room, to all his children and grandchildren and ‘I Iove all my grandchildren’. I have never heard my father say I love you,” said Andra.

TPD homicide detectives say there could be five potential suspects.

DNA and fingerprints were found at the scene.

Nancy Strait’s visitation will be at Floral Haven Chapel in Broken Arrow on Thursday from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Friday will be Mrs. Strait’s memorial at Floral Haven Chapel in Broken Arrow at 12:30 pm.

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

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Grrr8one - 5/16/2012 8:39 PM
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I'm so sorry about your lost. I always thought I am one of those 'macho' fellows however when I heard your story and what this man did to your parents I was so devastated and I so want to punish the chap and knowing I can't do anything I just felt the tears and have to stop my truck to control my 'shaking'. I'm very sorry for you lost.

tBone - 4/10/2012 1:52 PM
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this is so unbelievably horrible. and only covered by local media in Tulsa ...oh, and a british newspaper "The Mail". american media? "crickets" indeed it's time for Christians to start praying, LIKE WE'VE NEVER PRAYED BEFORE! this country is quickly paving the road to Hell

watchdog11 - 3/23/2012 12:31 AM
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You have to believe God will give back the same but one hundred fold to these cold hearted animals for what they did to your Mom and Dad, I hope all Christians who know about this will pray for your family.

OKCowboy69 - 3/22/2012 2:10 AM
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I'm sorry for your loss. It is a shame that this sort of thing can happen to such good people.
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