In Loving Memory
Pete ‘Trash’ Straut
10/6/1947 - 4/24/2020
Ride High in the Skies
and Rest in Peace Brother.
He had two personalities. Trash was a biker when he walked out
the door, but he was my husband Pete when he came home. That’s
what his loving wife and best friend Patti, of 33 years told me
as she reminisced about her late beloved.
Pete grew up in Maryland, later joining the Navy to serve his
country in the Vietnam War. He was a medic and also a trained
helicopter pilot. After six years in the military, he started
his life-long career as a construction worker. It was there that
he learned the value of hard work and how to stick to a job
until it was done. And as Pete would say, It’s my way or no way.
Listening to music soothed his war-torn soul and as a result,
Trash had quite a collection of 70’s and 80’s record albums. He
collected recordings from the eras he lived through. He also
collected porcelain eagle figurines, which expressed a deep
sense of patriotism and freedom.
His freedom was also found in riding a Harley Davidson Low
Rider. If there was one pastime when Trash was happiest, it was
when he was partying with his brothers. Many knew him as a
badass biker, but he was also known for his willingness to help
anyone in need. Pete never thought twice when it came to doing
things for others. Its no wonder many remember him for being
genuinely kind and caring.
During the last year, Pete struggled with the complications of
Diabetes. Death tried to knock on his door many times but Trash
had a fierce will to live. With his wife and caregiver Patti by
his side, he passed away on April 24th, 2020. There will be a
ride in is honor set at a future date. Pete ‘Trash’ Straut, you
will truly be missed.