Jonathan R. Straight

Jonathan R. Straight, 20, went to be with his Lord Jesus Christ on Monday, May 13, 2019. Born on September 6, 1998 in Schenectady, NY, he was the son of Richard and Deborah (Corey) Straight.

Jonathan was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School class of 2017 and completed the International Baccalaureate Program of studies. He completed two years of undergraduate study at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, majoring in Transportation Design. He is an accomplished artist and worked with a wide variety of media, focusing on automotive exterior design. Jonathan had a great sense of style and humor; making everyone feel like they were his new best friend.

Jonathan is survived by his parents Richard and Deborah, his grandmother Pearl Straight, his grandmother Lois Corey, his brother David and David’s wife Becca and their children Emerson and Hazel, his sister Sarah, his girlfriend Miranda Blaauboer, uncles, aunts, and cousins.

Calling hours will be held at Northway Church 770 Pierce Road in Clifton Park from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, May 17. A memorial service will be held at Northway Church at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 18. Family and Friends are invited to attend both the calling hours and memorial service. The Armer Funeral Home, Inc. is supporting the remembrance process.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Jonathan may be made to Northway Church for a fund to assist the Straight family and support mental health awareness.

Guest Book

Samantha Kulpinski

Dear Rich & family,

I heard about your loss just recently, but I want to extend my condolences even though I'll never truly know the loss you're experiencing. Even though I didn't know Jon, I did get to learn about him through Rich. Rich was a previous manager of mine, although only for a very short time; however, in those few months, I can't even tell you how many times Rich spoke of Jon. You see, I am an avid car lover - especially Subarus. If I am recalling my memory correctly, Jon either drove or at one point also drove a WRX (which I drive now). Rich loved to tell me about Jon - his successes at school and loved to show me the drawings he was proud of that Jon made. I think almost every single time I was in Rich's office discussions of his whole family, especially Jon, came up. I think Rich liked to talk about his son with me because he saw a similarity in us in that sense (cars)... but one thing I'm not sure if Rich knew about was my severe depression. It comes and goes; some moments are short and fleeting, but some are days long where I just can't get out of it.

I guess I'm sharing this with you because when I heard about your loss of Jonathan (I only found out about a week ago), it hit me really really hard even though I never met him. I've been thinking about it nonstop since. I am deeply saddened for you, and I can't even imagine what your family is going through. Rich was one of the most genuine people I've ever worked with and he connected with me on a personal level, not just professional, which meant a lot. Because of that, I know for sure that Jon had a wonderful, loving, endearing family. I want to say one thing, as someone who also struggles with depression, and this is important... There is nothing more you could've done to give Jon a beautiful, happy life.

My sincere, heartfelt condolences,
Sam Kulpinski

Ricardo Garcia

I had the privilege to have Jon as a student this past semester for sophomore interior design class, and I will say, he was one of the most talented, hard working, over achiever very nice, always smiling, with lots of energy young man, I’ve ever had in my experience of teaching at CCS. Right after our finals, we talked about the future, and how amazing his work was, and said to him that he had the brightest future in the industry. His talent was going to take him all over the world, and was looking forward some day working together. I still can’t believe he is not with us. So young and so bright. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Leonard Muller (aka - Leo, Lenny )

There is a bridge that connects Heaven and Earth. This bridge contains the Ether which holds the Universe (s ? ) together. This glue is called, " Love ". When a loved one dies, the Love, NEVER, does, it enters this ethereal area where it awaits eventual reunification. Thus we eventually become as one with the creator. That bright light that is the goodness of God and pure unadulterated Love.

God bless you Jon. on your journey. And, ESPECIALLY, your whole wonderful family at this grieving time of your earthy demise. God Bless ALL. Thanks for, " Being " Jon ! But, WHY, were you called so early ? God, only knows. LJM

The Talamo Family

To you all, Rich Deb David Becca Sarah Miranda and your entire family....our deepest condolences at this sad time of extreme loss!!! No words we can express that you haven’t thought or heard. God’s word is our comfort and peace. What a blessed sacred holy memorial service you had for your Jonny. Amazing and so honoring to the Lord and to him. What a gift Jon was to all who met him and got the privilege to be with him as a friend. What a genius of an artist, talented beyond his years! Praise God for his work in all of your lives!! You are all a wonderful testimony of living with the light of Christ in you. No one can know the depths of your grief. Your joy in your journey will return. Thanks be to God. He will be greatly missed. And you will be with him again!!! Praying without ceasing for you. Our love forever,
The Talamo Family

Bob and Ruth Ann

Sending love and prayers

Luke Artman (CCS)

There’s a lot that can be said about Jonny but foremost, he was an energetic and enthusiast kid with a lot of life and spirit to him. He would always bring life to the room when he walked in and will always be remembered by all those who have been touched by his presence. Jonny and I were really close our freshman year at CCS as we shared every class together first semester and most of them second semester. We talked a lot about art, cars, and faith. I was always a fan of his blue bug eye WRX and enjoyed anytime we got to drive around together.

It is times like these our faith is tested so we must be strong and let God guide us through it. For let his will, not ours, be done.

God Bless your family and my prayers are with you

Professor Thomas Roney

I had the honor and privilege of teaching Jonathan at CCS in his freshman year.

The things I will always remember about him are his ever present smile, good nature, good sense of humor, his hard work ethic and his fine work in class. He will be sorely missed. I looked at his work on his student show wall today and felt very sad and lost. Just the other day I was speaking with Jonathan and his Mom before they left Detroit. But I know he is doing design work up in Heaven today and will always be with us and inspiring us to be the very best we can be.

Godspeed Jonathan, though you were with us a short time, your memory lives on in all of us. My sincere condolences to his friends and family.

Frank Hayes

Rich and family, So sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers. Frank

Wesley Chen

Jonny was one of my best friends that I have. I’ll always remember him he truly is a amazing man! I cherish every memories that I had with him. He was a great blessing in my life and thank you for sharing Jonny with me.

Katie Allanson (CCS)

I am deeply saddened to learn of Jon's passing. He was a stand-out student in my Human Factors class this past semester and along with his creative drawings and ideas, he was an excellent contributor during our class discussions. I, too, looked forward to seeing his work and contributions to the automotive industry. My condolences to his family, friends and to all those who grieve his loss. God be with all of you.

The Mathews Family

Although we met Jon only a few times, we grieve with his family and friends. Miranda is my sister’s granddaughter and Jon’s name came up many times as her longtime, closest friend. May God rest his soul and give peace and comfort to those who mourn.

Tom Glasser

My wife Ruth and I send our deep condolences and prayers for peace. We too suffered the loss of a son and daughter-in-law almost ten years ago. We can appreciate your grief, especially for one so young, so talented, and so loved, as expressed by all the signers of this guest book. We did not know your son Jonathan, but it is clear that he is a son to be proud of.
If you are the Richard Straight, who worked for me in the late 1980's, you know who I am. If not,
our condolences are not any less sincere.
May Jonathan rest in peace. Amen

Daniel E. Sommers

Deb, Rich and familiy,
Thoughts and prayers are sent your way.
We are so sorry for your loss.

Ilana Portney-Preston

Jon was one of the only people I've ever met who could tediously and continuously work with a smile on his face and always answer any question or comment. Jon was kind, caring, loving, appreciative, and always- ALWAYS! talking so highly about his family and girlfriend. Being one of my first friends at CCS, Jon truly was someone admirable and able to connect to with ease. He was someone to look up to, laugh with, hang out with, and be with and always made you feel important. I will miss Jonny dearly.

The DiStefano Family

We are holding your family close to our hearts after hearing about Jon. Sending you strength and prayers for the days ahead.

Kai Oldman

Jon was one of the best guys I knew and every time we were with each other, all we did was crack jokes together. It was awesome, and especially in an environment where you’re constantly working around the clock. It was an escape. On the day I flew out of Michigan, after the semester finished, Jon and our friend Min dropped me off at the airport. We were talking about music and travel and it was such a good time. Then at the terminal we all hugged and said goodbye. I’m extremely saddened by this event, but I’m glad that my final moments with Jon were warm ones. I’ll never forget this amazing guy.

I’ll miss you bro

Fabrizio Orsi de Paula

I was blessed enough to call Jon Straight my friend during his time at CCS. His presence was a positive one, as he always had a smile on his face and was one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. During the last semester I had the pleasure of seeing him almost every day, since we had a few classes together and lived on the same floor. We would often catch up on each other’s work and life. He was a very talented designer and his work and personality inspire me to improve every day. Though the workload was demanding, Jon never complained and seemed to always be excited about art and design. I’ll never forget saying bye to him as he moved out of the TC for the last time. Jon was loved by everyone and CCS won’t be the same without him. I hang on to the good memories of a bright young man gone too soon, and I thank God for putting him in my life. I can’t imagine what the family is going through and I extend my condolences and prayers to them.

Mary McNichols, Ph.D.

Dear Richard and Deborah (and your family),

Please know that I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of your son, Jonathan.

I am a professor of art history at CCS. While Jonathan was not enrolled in any of my classes, as you know, CCS is a close community. As such, all of us grieve with you for the loss of your son.

I share your Christian faith. Please know that I'll pray for all of you in the coming weeks. And, I'll send a contribution to that which you have asked.

All best, and God bless,


Tianze Yu (CCS)

My deepest condolences to Jon's family... I love Jon; I am so thankful to call him my friend. He was a big part of my life at school both as a peer and as a designer. Without him, these past two years would never have been the same. While it will take the best of us to get through this difficult time, I feel honored to have been a part of what he enjoyed. I will always remember and miss him.

Clutches do not squeal where you are now, brother <3

Bryan Rees (CCS)

I'm very thankful to have met Jon, he always put a smile on my face because he always had one on his. He lived down the hall from me, so I saw him occasionally, and he and I caught up about our work at those times. We gave eachother feedback, critiques and tips, because we both had a general understanding for each others work. One of the best times I had with him was when a group of friends went drifting in the snow this past winter. He was wonderful man, and definitely an inspiration to me to stay positive. He won't be forgotten.

Ben Messmer

Inquisitive. Exuberant. Bright. Generous. Jon was a vibrant presence in my Design Theory I class this past Fall at CCS. He was able to open up topics in culture, science, and design through his work, and share his knowledge and inquiry with his peers through comments, jokes, asides, and building questions.

Transportation Design study is incredibly demanding and competitive, yet Jon always found a way to bring others along for the journey. He was quick to laugh and his openness to learning and discovery set the standard for our class.

Memories of his friendly head nods and hand waves as he passed by my classroom are with me at this moment.

I'm not surprised to learn that he was an International Baccalaureate student before coming to Detroit for CCS. I remain convinced he would have gone on to be a great designer, and I looked forward to seeing his work and contributions to our field.

Please accept my prayers and words - he brought light to so many at CCS. We share your loss.

Bert and Pearl Turner

Rich, Debbie and Family,
We send our sincere prayers and support for you during this time of mourning the loss of Jonathan. May God comfort your hearts and minds with His love, peace and strength. May you feel the arms of our Lord wrapped around you holding you close to His heartbeat and give you rest.

The Carter Family

We loved Jonny as one of our own. A friend, a brother, a great young man of God who was a true blessing to us all. He will be missed dearly. May he rest peacefully in the hands of God until we meet again in Heaven. Thank you for allowing us the privilege to know him and love him so greatly. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all in the days ahead. May the Lord bless you and keep you.

Uldis and Joyce

We love Jon.

Amelia Rista

Jon was one of the nicest people I ever met at college. He always said hello with a smile and even helped me carry my belongings to my dorm after Thanksgiving break. He will be missed by his friends, family, the CCS community, and everyone who knew him. Eternal rest grant unto Jonathan, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Cindy Hoetzer

Mr. and Mrs. Straight, Sara, and family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy during this very difficult time. There simply are no words - I am heartbroken. May God’s love and peace surround you and bring you comfort.
With love,
Cindy Hoetzer

Izzy Rutkey

In 2016, I had to do a project for my IB physics class and worked in a group with Miranda, which meant that Jon was also "in" my group even though he didn't have to participate in the project. We were struggling to come up with a good idea and Jon saved the day and came up with an idea that ended up getting our group the best grade out of any group. Jon's idea was to "invent" a pair of glasses based on the eyes of a butterfly that would allow humans to see UV light. Throughout the project, Jon was always there to help if we needed it. Jon was also willing to help me when I was making an informational video about IB and needed testimonials from other IB students. I threw it at Jon last minute and he immediately agreed to participate in the video, and even gave ideas for topics to be covered in the video. Jon was a kind, supportive, creative, generous, and intelligent person that I am incredibly lucky to have known. I'm sending my thoughts and prayers to all those who love him.

Lisa Kingsley

Rich and family,
So sorry for your loss. Although here are no words to take away your pain, You and your family are in my prayers during this sad time.

The Blaauboer Family

Our deepest condolences to the Straight family. We were blessed to have had Jon in our lives for the past six years. We are forever changed by him and will cherish the memories. ❤️