Advisor, 88, Killed in Mass Shooting Loved Life

Stephen Straus, an advisor with Stifel Financial, was extremely active and would have celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary in September.

Stephen Straus
Stephen Straus

Although Rethinking65 didn’t know Stephen Straus, we believe he was a kindred spirit who shared our mission of helping advisors and clients find purpose and live well in the second half of life. At 88, he was still actively working as a financial advisor in Chicago when he was killed in the mass shooting during the 4th of July parade in Highland Park, Ill.

“Steve began his career in 1968 and joined the Stifel family in 1998. He continued to serve his valued clients at age 88, not because he had to, but because he wanted to, commuting to the office each morning by train,” Stifel chairman and CEO Ron Kruszewski wrote in a post on Stifel’s website. “He was always willing to share ideas — an ambassador of the office. He was kind and gentle, warm-hearted, and had a great sense of humor.”

Kruszewski’s post also quoted Straus’s niece, Cynthia Straus, who said, “Steve looked out for the whole family, He was like a big, big oak tree, an umbrella of well-being for all of us. It’s a big loss.” Kruszewski added, “He will be missed by all.”

According to the Chicago Sun Times, Straus, who grew up on Chicago’s South Side, and his wife, Linda, would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in September. He worked full-time as a financial advisor and was “the oldest member of the staff” at the Stifel investment firm, his son Peter Straus told the newspaper.

His obituary stated Straus is also survived by another son, Jonathan; a brother, Larry, and four grandchildren.

“Stephen was known for his universal warmth and kindness, his strong sense of humor, and his love of the world. He could often be found at the Art Institute, at the symphony, or on his Metra ride downtown to work each day,” the obituary said.

“He was remarkably sharp and fit for his age, and took daily walks or bike rides. He will be missed with heavy hearts by all who knew him.”

Straus’ funeral was held Friday, July 8, in Evanston, Ill.

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