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Eldon Lee Strange, son of Walter Eldon & Ocie Laveta (Schlapia) Strange, was born at home near Clearfield, Ringgold County, Iowa on February 27, 1943. Eldon began his education in a one room schoolhouse. In 1949, the family moved to the farm south of Diagonal and Eldon attended Diagonal school. He graduated from Diagonal High School with the class of 1961. After graduation, Eldon worked for a short time at the R.E.C. He served in the National Guard as a MP. He worked as a surveyor with the Ringgold County Engineers Office for 5 years before beginning a 38 ½ year career with the Department of Natural Resources. While working in Des Moines at the Dept of Natural Resources, Eldon was introduced to Gwendolyn Kay Chrisman. The blind date evolved into a lifelong commitment to each other as they were united in marriage on September 14, 1969 in Blakesburg, IA. Both Eldon & Kay retired in 2004.
Eldon loved spending time with his family, relatives, and friends. He loved to visit with people throughout his life, always telling stores of his high school days and the pranks that he and his friends did. Eldon loved to travel, and Michigan & Maui were his favorite places. Eldon & Kay traveled with the Senior Citizens Activity Center in Mount Ayr. They took 14 trips with the group and became friends with so many people. Marion & Mary Jo Hansell and Eldon & Kay loved to go on spontaneous trips: no real plans, just winging it. Eldon was intrigued with computers, cell phones & electrical gadgets. He loved the Iowa State Cyclones and enjoyed bowl trips with his family. Eldon was always helping with home projects with Sandy & Michael’s families until his health began to fail 2 years ago.
Eldon passed away on January 4, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter & Laveta Strange; parents-in-law Max & Christina Chrisman; and brother-in-law Stephen King.
Survivors include his loving wife of 51 years, Kay Strange of Waukee, IA; daughter Sandy (Brian) Schueller of Waukee, IA and son Michael (Marcia) Strange of Marshall, Michigan; four grandchildren Addisyn & Alexa Schueller and Andrew & Dylan Strange; sister Nancy (Larry) Parker of Creston, IA; sisters & brothers-in-law Beverly (Delbert) Billings, Judy King, Dennis (Wendy) Chrisman; nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
A memorial fund has been established for Southern Hills Specialty Care in Osceola, IA.
My deepest sympathy for you and your family. Eldon could be a real character and I always enjoyed it!
Kathy Lee, Iowa DNR Jan 7 2021 12:00 AM
Kay and Family- So sorry to hear this. Worked with Eldon way back in the day at the DNR. He was always a fun guy! Will miss him greatly. Deepest condolences to you and your family.
Jamie Mootz Jan 7 2021 12:00 AM
Kay & family, Our condolences on losing Eldon. We so thoroughly enjoyed so many fond memories of our fun times as neighbors in Greenbush. We moved to AZ never losing track of one another. After returning to IA, we rekindled our friendship still laughing & enjoying life. Eldon was a great friend that will never be forgotten. May your beautiful memories help you through this difficult time.
Steve & Char Farni
Steve & Char Farni Jan 7 2021 12:00 AM
Kay, I am so sorry to hear about Eldon. Please accept my condolences for you and your familys loss. Remembering now so well the trips taken with you both and Bob & Shirley. You were a joy to have on the trips. Those memories will hold you in the future. God bless.
Janet Hogue Jan 6 2021 12:00 AM
Nancy and family....so sorry to see this. Takes me back 60 years or so. I added a couple pictures of fun times (one at work with other friends). We had lots of fun back then and loved being around your family. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Donna Hartman Jones Jan 5 2021 12:00 AM