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Dr. Joseph Brent Strauss Beloved Husband, Father, Chiropractor, Writer, Teacher, Visionary
Dr. Joseph B. Strauss departed this life and came face-to-face with his Lord, Savior, and Friend, Jesus Christ on April 1, 2023, at the age of 78. Joseph was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 19, 1945. He and his family moved to Levittown, PA when he was 7 years old. At the age of 7, attending a Sunday School class at Calvary Baptist Church in Bristol, PA, where his uncle, Dr. Lehman Strauss, was the Pastor, “Joey” trusted Jesus Christ as his Savior and began his life-long journey as a believer. On September 9, 1966, Joe married Iris Hoffmaster at Calvary Baptist Church. Dr. Lehman Strauss officiated. They have been married for 56 years and have two daughters, Tracy (Ron) Higley and Tamara Rhoades. They have been wonderfully blessed with nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild whom they love very much. He will also be missed by his brother, Ronald H. and his wife, Catherine P.; brother-in-law, Mitch Triestman; and 2 nieces, 4 nephews and 16 great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Strauss, Jr.; mother, Ada B. Strauss; sister, Jacquelyn A. Triestman; and grandson, Luke Earl Higley. “Joey” developed a love for sports as a young boy. Over the years, he played with the Levittown Orioles Little League (1957), was Co-Captain of the Medill Bair Soccer Team (1960), and Co-Captain of the Pennsbury Wrestling Team in Sr. High. He became a member of the Wrestling Team at Trenton Junior College. He loved softball and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Softball Team for many years. In later years he joined a 55-and-older Bucks County softball team. He was a loyal Phillies fan. Joe graduated from Pennsbury High School in 1963, then attended Trenton Junior College to prepare for entrance into the Columbia Institute of Chiropractic (now New York Chiropractic College). In 1967, “Dr Joe” began practicing in the Pinewood section of Levittown. He quickly outgrew the home office and moved to the current Strauss Chiropractic Center on Frosty Hollow Road in Levittown where he practiced until his retirement in 2013. Over his 46 years in practice, he served over 75,000 different people. He will be remembered there for his gentle nature, amazing cervical adjustment, and his extraordinary altruism to allow everyone to set their own fee in his office. As a member of Calvary Baptist Church, he was active in Operation College and Career, the Coffeehouse Ministry and Campus Crusade for Christ Action Groups. The study of the Word of God was his first love and an important part of Joe's daily life throughout his years. He loved to share his faith and taught Bible studies as he was given the opportunity. During his years of practice, Dr. Strauss was also a professor at Pennsylvania College of Straight Chiropractic (formerly ADIO Institute) where he taught chiropractic philosophy from 1978 to 1994. He served as President of the College in 1980 -1981 and began writing for the profession in 1991. One of the most prolific chiropractic authors, he wrote 25 books which are sold around the world, some of which are textbooks in chiropractic colleges. His website, josephbstrauss.com, continues to provide continuing education to the profession. He was well-known and respected for his philosophically-sound understanding of chiropractic. Among numerous awards and recognitions, Dr. Strauss was especially honored as a Fellow of the College of Straight Chiropractic in 1992, as Chiropractor of the Year by Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic in 1999 and as Chiropractor of the Year by the Christian Chiropractic Association in 2013. This May, Sherman College of Chiropractic will honor Dr. Strauss by renaming the bookstore the “ Dr. Joseph B. Strauss Bookstore.” Dr. Strauss lectured throughout the United States and overseas in Japan, England, New Zealand, Sweden and Brazil on chiropractic philosophy. He and Iris had the opportunity to travel and meet fellow practitioners and their wives and husbands around the world. The desire of their hearts was to spread the saving message of the love of Jesus Christ whenever God gave them the opportunity. Joe and Iris had a strong conviction that God had called them to the profession of chiropractic. In 2013, God gave Joe and Iris the precious gift of enjoying their life together in retirement in Reading, PA. They had more time to spend with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchild, which they enjoyed very much. They have experienced God's love and faithfulness and the kindness of family and friends especially during these past few years. Joe's heart is expressed by the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 5:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” and again in II Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” There will be a time of visitation with family on Saturday, April 15 from 3-5:00 PM at Beck-Givnish Funeral Home, 7400 New Falls Rd, Levittown, PA. Another time of visitation will be held on Sunday, April 16 at 1:30 PM, followed by A Celebration of Life Service at 3:00 PM at Calvary Baptist Church, 250 Green Lane, Bristol, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Christian Chiropractic Association, 2550 Stover, B-102, Fort Collins, Colorado 80525-4642 or Sherman College of Chiropractic, 2020 Springfield Road, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29316. View Dr. Joe’s Memorial Service Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0TkfBMzTGA&t=3275s