Ravenna Man's Family Devastated by Li...

Ravenna Man's Family Devastated by Lightning Death

There are 55 comments on the WJW Fox 8 Cleveland story from Jul 25, 2010, titled Ravenna Man's Family Devastated by Lightning Death. In it, WJW Fox 8 Cleveland reports that:

According to the National Weather Service, the chance of being struck by lightning is one in 750-thousand. But for newlywed Melissa Strong, the unlucky odds were enough to claim one life, and change hers forever.

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curtis

Lorain, OH

#42 Jul 26, 2010
This was not a stunt that she wanted to pull for cameras i know her and i knew Joe was a great man and they made a great couple it was an accident that happened, and the kids wanted to go on there you moron you have no right to make rude comments on parenting skills when you know nothing about it, she came on this show to let everyone know that knew Joe that he passed away!!! you are a horrible bitch Elizabeth i cant believe you would be so horrible to a person that just lost a loved one. But remember KARMA IS A BITCH!!!!!!!!!!
curtis

Lorain, OH

#43 Jul 26, 2010
And for all of you morons that agreed with her you will get what you deserve what comes around goes around f***ing dumb asses
terry

Akron, OH

#44 Jul 26, 2010
one of the nieces wrote:
"Elizabeth"
For any person to get on the internet and react to a situation u only read about for two minutes and comment on it is pathetic u have the right to an opinion but u should keep that to your self that is not a little boy that is a grown man. Our family has great youth that why he looks so young. And if u have something ignorant to say don't bother typing it. U aren't any part of this and for u not to know a person and to say she's just wanting sympathy wow! She just lost her husband that is enuf she doesn't need some board person to comment on how she is handling her grief. So for the record step to another page and don't comment anymore on here your just being childish and disrespectful! Go away!
Just to be clear the boy is not a man he is 15 years old child, believe me I know how old he is I watched him grow up I also believe it was wrong to put the children on tv
terry

Akron, OH

#45 Jul 26, 2010
Elizabeth wrote:
Although this is a sad story, I can't believe the widow of this man put his children on television. The little boy was crying during the interview, and of course the media being the hounds they are, zoomed right in on him. It was disgusting. I know grief and shock can do a lot of things to people, but she needs to think of those kids and put them first.
Your getting alot of slack for your concern and I know first hand he is a 15 year old child not a grown man like people think I also feel it was wrong to exploit these kids on tv, I know this family to well and I am sorry for Melissa's lost and by the way only 2 of the kids were actually Joe's the one crying was Melissa's son from a previous marriage but I also think it was the tragedy of a lightening strike that sparked the story being that it is rare but the mother should of been on alone not with the kids kudos to you for saying what you think
Mary

Akron, OH

#46 Jul 27, 2010
I know Melissa. She is a very caring, loving person and mother. I remember how happy she was in preparing for their wedding. She cares for Joes' children as well as her own. I can only say, if you haven't been in her shoes, watch what you say. It may come back at you. We are taught "judge not lest ye be judged" To Melissa, please remember I am here if you want or need anything.
Lorna

Canton, OH

#47 Jul 27, 2010
Melissa I am so sorry for your loss. You have a wonderful family who will help you be strong and get thru this terrible tragedy. I also know you will do everything in your power to help your step kids. Because thats the kind of person you are. God loves you all. I'm praying for you as everyone should be. Bless you.
Adam

Sebring, OH

#48 Jul 28, 2010
I worked with joe for several years and to hear something like this is just to hard to put into words. my thoughts and prayers are with his family.
RACH

Phoenix, AZ

#49 Jul 29, 2010
Elizabeth wrote:
<quoted text>He hardly looks like an adult. I can guarantee you I would not be on the news like this with my kids if my husband died. You can tell she's one of those drama filled pity seeker types. I stand by my comments 100%, and if you don't like it, don't read it.
This is a time of greef and heartache and you are making it uglier than it needs to be. Didn't your parents ever teach you that if you didn't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all. You are judging someone one a video alone, not knowing anything about them. The last I checked you were not God.
RACH

Phoenix, AZ

#50 Jul 29, 2010
Elizabeth wrote:
<quoted text>My family isn't any of your business. I can tell you 100% I would not be doing an interview on television in this situation. I'm saying she shouldn't have involved the kids, which is obvious from how upset they are. She must not be close to her dad, or have lost him yet, because it's clear she doesn't get it.
You probably wouldn't be interesting enough for them to interview you if something like this happened to you.
Get it right

Canton, OH

#51 Jul 30, 2010
First off this was a tragic thing to happen for anyone's eyes. And i know that family and that is her son not stepson. I know everyone has opinions but in this case they need to be positive.
Judy

Middlefield, OH

#52 Jul 31, 2010
Elizabeth-everyone deals with grief differently-until you walk in this woman's shoes you have no right to judge her. You must be a very disturbed person to write the things that you wrote, I cannot even imagine what tragedies in your life have left you so cold, but certainly they were monstrous. If this story doesn't touch your heart then surely you are in need of some serious psychiatric counseling. I am not saying this to be mean-only helpful, you will be a much happier person if you take steps to get rid of the demons from your past that obviously control your thoughts. You may think that you don't need our prayers but you do-big time.
Debi R

Akron, OH

#53 Jul 31, 2010
To Mel and fammily:
I'm so sorry for your loss! May your many, many happy memories get you through this very difficult time.
Just me

United States

#54 Aug 2, 2010
Elizabeth wrote:
Although this is a sad story, I can't believe the widow of this man put his children on television. The little boy was crying during the interview, and of course the media being the hounds they are, zoomed right in on him. It was disgusting. I know grief and shock can do a lot of things to people, but she needs to think of those kids and put them first.
Not all of the kids there were his. The older boy that was crying is her child from another marriage. His oldest boy Ben was not there and forbiden to go to the funeral by this woman. She mentions Jonathan as his son but is infact his step son from his second marriage.
Just me

United States

#55 Aug 2, 2010
Mary wrote:
I know Melissa. She is a very caring, loving person and mother. I remember how happy she was in preparing for their wedding. She cares for Joes' children as well as her own. I can only say, if you haven't been in her shoes, watch what you say. It may come back at you. We are taught "judge not lest ye be judged" To Melissa, please remember I am here if you want or need anything.
If she is so caring why was Joe's first born son Benny Joe, forbiden to attend the funeral, I don't see any love, caring or compassion at all in this woman for his first born.
Curtis

Lorain, OH

#56 Aug 2, 2010
Ben was banned from the funeral because they had nothing to do with each other for years for there own personal reasons so that is none of your business. Also as a matter of fact Joe treated Jonathan as his son and nothing less. So do not judge about something that you don't know about. You need to think about what you say before you say it there is more love in that family then you will ever know, and as for compassion you need to find some for yourself!!!!!!!!!!

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