Entries by Ernie Straub

Supporting Bishop Sullivan Center

By Ernie Straub, President at Straub Construction Supporting charities that care for those less fortunate has always been an important part of how Straub Construction Company lives out our core values. Take the Bishop Sullivan Center which provides a wide range of services, food, training, soup kitchen, elder cool, etc, etc, to all who ask, […]

Schwab Extreme Home Makeover

By Ernie Straub, President at Straub Construction talking about an Extreme Home Makeover project for the Schwab Family. Have you ever been in a spot where you really needed something good to happen to you? Last March, I came across an opportunity to bless another family, but it turned out to be a bigger blessing […]

Lunch with an Idol and Mentor

“Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.” – Dennis Prager All of us through our life experiences come across people that we admire, look for guidance and try to emulate in living our lives. I have […]

If Tables Could Talk

It was 1983. Susan and I weren’t married a year yet and had just bought our first house in Olathe. Most of what filled our rooms in that rental home in Bethany, Missouri were hand-me-down furniture and items we’d found at garage sales. But we had decided to invest in our first new piece of […]

Thank you, Dad, for the letter.

With the recent passing of my father and partner Ernie Straub Jr., our family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and condolences. I want to share with you a very special gift my Dad gave me forty-one years ago that has had a lifelong impact. This letter has been kept in a book […]

It’s A Wonderful Life

Author: Ernie Straub III It’s the Christmas season again. That means it’s time for many traditions for the Straub household. The decorating of the tree, hanging the Christmas lights, spending time with family and friends, enjoying the true meaning of Christmas. And of course, watching my favorite Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life! This iconic […]

Colonel Donlon, A Man of Valor

I pushed back from my desk and just sat there, staring at the story I had just read in awe. I felt like I was reading a movie script, but in reality, it was a Congressional Medal of Honor citation for Colonel Roger Donlon, an incredible man I had the opportunity to meet recently. Once […]

Putting a Face on Homelessness

On a Saturday night a few weeks ago, my daughter, Rebekah, called me during her shift at Knub’s Pub in Shawnee. She sounded concerned. A homeless woman had come into the restaurant, and Rebekah wanted me to meet her. “What do you want me to do?” I asked, wondering what good it would do for […]