Jeffrey Orrel Straw


Jeffrey Orrel Straw


Jeff Straw

Jeffrey Orrel Straw, 54, of Billings, MT was welcomed into the kingdom of heaven on October 4, 2012 after a long, courageous battle with illness. Those fortunate to have known Jeff, and there are many, recognize the void that will be left with his departure. He touched many a life, known for his smile, generous and caring heart, positive attitude, and passion for everyone around. It was rare to find Jeff at a loss for a friend in the room, everywhere he went, people knew him and he treated each one with a kindness that defined his character.

Jeff grew up in Billings, graduated from Senior High School, and spent his career in truck sales most recently with Beall Corporation. His passion for sports was apparent through his time playing youth baseball and basketball to his love of the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Orioles. Many hours spent with his sons and friends watching football and baseball, while sharing time and stories. Jeff shared his love for his community through active involvement at Saint Bernard Catholic Church, on the School Board for the Shepherd school district, and valiant support of Eaglemount. He lived his life through others, sharing his generosity and leading by example.

Jeff leaves a large number of loved ones. He is preceded in death by his father James and sister Kathy. He is survived by his sons Derek and Jordan of Billings; mother, Helen of Billings; sisters Diana (Tom) of Livingston, Peggy (Bob) of Thornton, Co, and Susan (Jim)of Las Vegas, NV; brothers Randy of Billings and Ken (Sharla) of Littlefield, TX; brother-in-law Tom of Billings; special friend Judi Kimmell and her children, Kym, Stephanie, and Brian; numerous extended family members, and far too many friends to list. Jeff had a special gift for making each one of us feel like we were the most important person in his world. He will be missed, he is loved, and he will always be remembered.

Celebration for Jeff will be held at Saint Bernard Catholic Church, 11:00am on Monday, October 8th. There will be lunch following the service and interment will follow lunch at the Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, memorials may be made in Jeff’s name to Eaglemount-Billings or Riverstone Hospice.

“If you forget the way to go

And lose where you came from

If no one is standing beside you

Be still and know I am”-The Fray


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  1. I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Jeff was a good friend and always had a smile when we would meet. My prayers are with your family.

  2. Diane & Bob Knots

    We will miss you Jeff. We enjoyed working with Jeff for many years he was wonderful person. Our thoughts are with his family and with Judi. Bob & Diane

  3. Jeff Armstrong & Family

    Derek and Jordan-
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your father; he was always so supportive of my programs. Without his support, we may have never had a golf program. He was a great guy, and will be missed.
    We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Jeff will always be with us. He will be greatly missed. His smile, laugh. No matter what kinda day he was having he was there to make everyone else smile and laugh. He gave more then he actually recieved. I will surely miss him and i believe that goes for anyone that had the honor of knowing Jeff. Until we meet again Freind.

  5. To Jeff’s Loved Ones….Jim introduced me to Jeff many years ago…through our work relationship where he called on us often. He became a good friend who shared lunch, football bets and lots a friendly conversation since before his first trip to Washington for treatment. When Jim got his last e-mail from Jeff as he returned from the last treatment session with the news that they could do no more, we were greatly saddened and vowed to ourselves to see Jeff soon to encourage him and let him know how much we cared. Unfortunately, we did not get that visit in thinking we had more time. We learned of his passing while we were in AZ and came home to be at his service today. Jeff left lots of good memories with lots of us at Warren Transport. We’ll miss him and send prayers for peace to family and other loved ones. RIP Jeff….. Diane and Jim

  6. Dear Family of Mr. Jeff Straw:
    My sincere condolences to your family. He will be missed greatly by all those who had the privilege of knowing him. He was one of the easiest people to deal with in business and a wonderful co-worker. He was always helpful. He has taught me how to be a strong individual no matter what comes at me. His diligence, efforts, sense of humor, patience in duress, are qualities I hope to adapt. I appreciated so much, his help. He never told me to ‘figure it out myself.’ He always offered something for a solution to any issue. It was a privilege to work with him and know him.

  7. Derek and Jordon, your dad improved the lives of so many of us. His valiant fight and never complain attitude during these past years was inspirational. I have known Jeff since we were both in high school and later on in life we had the opportunity to work together. He always seen the good in everyone, he taught me that a smile will “always get the order”. He will be forever remembered but so greatly missed.

    Scott Koch
    Portland, OR

  8. I had the real pleasure of knowing Jeff back in the early 80’s. Since then, I’ve run into him several times and knew that he had been sick. If there were more people like Jeff, the world would be a much happier place. When I first met Jeff, I felt like I had known him forever. Jeff will be sorely missed and my thoughts and prayers are with all of his family.

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