John Edward Strawser, 73, a retired official of the General Services Administration, and treasurer of Luther Place Memorial Church, died Thursday at the Randolph Hills Nursing Home in Wheaton after a stroke. A resident of Chevy Chase, he had entered the home five weeks ago.

Mr. Strawser retired from the GSA public buildings service in 1962. He had been an administrative officer and a director of the program analysis division in the office of the director of program management there. He received the GSA Meriotorious Service Award.

He was born in Harrisburg, Pa. He came to Washington in 1924 and joined the National Park Service in an administrative position, then transferred to GSA in 1943.

An active member of Luther Place Memorial Church in Washington, Mr. Strawser had served on the church council and after his retirement from government service was lay assistant to the pastor for several years. He was church treasurer until his death.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Pauline E. Light, of Chevy Chase; two daughters, Marie Thomas of Rockville, and Joan Studlien of Hudson, Mass., seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Luther Place Memorial Church.