William H. Straub, 81, a personnel officer who retired in 1973 from the National Labor Relations Board, died Jan. 19 at his home in Leisure World in Silver Spring. He had diabetes.

Mr. Straub was a native of Philadelphia who attended George Washington and American universities. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

After the war, he went to work for the General Services Administration. He joined the labor board staff in the 1960s.

In retirement, he was an aide at Winship Wheatley School for Exceptional Students and was a freelance entertainer using the name "Shortcake the Magic Clown."

He was president of the Kapital Klowns clowning group and an elder at Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, where he was also a basketball coach and youth adviser. He also was a Boy Scout leader at Ascension Episcopal Church in Silver Spring.

At Leisure World, he was president of the Fun and Fancy theater group and produced and participated in the group's shows. He also was a member of the board of the Greens condominium and an usher at the Interfaith Chapel there.

He won prizes for his woodworking at the Montgomery County Fair. His interests also included gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Mary G. Straub of Leisure World; two sons, William G. Straub of Silver Spring and John M. Straub of Laurel; and a granddaughter.