John E. Stroup

April 30, 2017

John E. Stroup, 93, formerly of Scircleville, Ind., died April 30, 2017 at his home in Wawaka, Ind.  Born October 29, 1923 in Clinton County, Ind. to Gale Stroup  & Beulah (Hargrave) Stroup.  He married Sally Coffman on October 26, 1945 in Dayton, Ind. and she survives.

John was a 1941 graduate of Scircleville High School.  He lived in Scircleville for 43 years before moving to Steinbarger Lake in Wawaka.  John worked for Chrysler in Kokomo for 31 years, retiring in August of 1981.  He attended Scircleville Methodist Church, was a lifetime member of Moose Lodge #7, and #685 Union Member in Kokomo. John was a diehard St. Louis Cardinal fan and Purdue fan.  He was a woodworker and liked to fish and travel.  He loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday, May 5, 2017 at Goodwin Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday May 5th at Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60604-1242 envelopes will be available.

Survived by:

Wife: Sally Stroup of Wawaka, Ind., Son: Bill (Jane Ann) Stroup of Columbia City, Ind., Daughter: Linn Berg of Bremen, Ind., Brother: Robert (Dorothy) Stroup of Frankfort, 4 Grandchildren: Dave (Tatjana) Berg of Warrenton, VA, Josh (Nichole) Stroup of Round Rock, TX, AJ (Stephanie) Berg of Henderson, NV, Kathleen (Kyle) Heimann of Decatur, Ind., 9 Great Grandchildren: Tessa & Aleks Berg, Marko & Eleanora Berg, Falon & Rex Stroup, Sebastian, Francis, and Xavier Heimann.

Preceded by:

3 brothers, Gale Stroup, Richard Stroup, Willis Stroup, a sister, Loleta Mohler and a son-in-law, Jerry Berg.


Leave your Condolences

12 Condolences for “John E. Stroup”

  1. Nancy Mohler May 2, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    We have many memories and wonderful times together as a family. We love you.

  2. Ron McClure May 2, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    I remember John (Red) well. Sorry to hear of his passing. He ran the clock at the basketball games. Ron McClure Scircleville 1959.

  3. Nancy Wylie May 2, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    John will be greatly missed by all of us at the lake. He was a wonderful and kind man. We always enjoyed John’s help with planning and supervising our ongoing projects. Sending prayers for Sally and the family.

  4. Bob and Carol Price May 2, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Sally and family: We will always remember our dear friend, John. The Purdue/IU rivalry we did and the crazy birthday cards we sent each other. We will cherish the many wooden items John made for us, and the friendship we had. Sympathy to all. With Love, Bob and Carol Price.

  5. Rexanna Smith May 2, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Linn – I am SO SORRY for your loss. I will be holding you close in my heart as you and your family deal with the loss. Love, Rexanna

  6. Tracy Szalaiy May 3, 2017 at 8:07 am

    This is a man who will be truly missed by so many. What a sweet, gentle soul who was always so kind to our girls (Olivia, Bridget and Bailey) I will never forget watching him ride by on his bike and enticing the girls to join him. They were all so cute. His generosity with his wood working skills was like no other. The lake will never be the same without him. God bless you Sally and family during this difficult time. Love Tracy
    (I am so sorry I will not be able to make it to the funeral due to work but you will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Olivia is going to try and come with her grandparents Mike and Karen)

  7. Jan and John McIlroy May 3, 2017 at 9:24 am

    To Sally and family, Jan and I extend our deepest thoughts to you and he will be dearly missed.

  8. Josh Stroup May 3, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    John Stroup, Big Pap or Big John Stroup as many knew him was great until the end. As tough as he was, he loved his family and the people in his life even tougher. You inspired us and always will Big Pap, thank you … we love you. Your drive, fire and spirit live on. May God welcome you with His most amazing Blessings. Mamaw, we love you with all our heart: you and Pap are in our thoughts and prayers every day. We will always remember the many, many good times, fun times in Scircleville, at the Lake, on camping trips, road trips, playing cards and at every single ball game you came to watch and cheer us on! A memory to share of the thousands rushing through my mind, the one that pops into my mind at this very moment is one Christmas maybe 1986 when AJ and I thought we were going to be the first ones up on Christmas morning … there was Big Pap in a flash out of no where pinning us both in our sleeping bags saying “I gotcha! I told ya I’d get ya, you can’t beat ol’ Pap!” and he wrestled us up real good. We laughed and laughed, we loved it, we loved Pap so much. Big Pap will be dearly missed, but one thing is for sure he will always be with us. Love, Josh, Nichole, Falon & Rex Stroup

  9. Samdra May 3, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    To Aunt Sally and family,
    Jeff, the girls and I would like to say how deeply sorry we are for the passing of Uncle John. Prayers for peace and strength for all. I’m so grateful for all the great memories of our family. The Christmas pass, no one wanted the ugly pin. It got put back in the Christmas pass every year. I wear that pin now. Love it. Fishing at the lake. All the great wooden treasures he made for us. I’m sitting here right now and can look at three wonderful things Uncle John made. What a blessing. Football games, cards, basketball and the walks after a great meal around the neighborhood. Those memories well forever be a wonderful treasure for me. Love to all.

  10. Brenda Scircle Smith May 4, 2017 at 11:38 am

    My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of John Stroup. We had so much fun growing up in Scircleville with everyone including the Stroup family. John loved to kid around and tease people a lot. Mom and Dad (Marge and Bill Scircle) knew they could always count on John if they ever needed help for anything. I can still see him in our driveway with a big smile on his face. I think he was always thinking about what kind of prank he could pull next. And the Stroup dog, Brownie, who I adopted as my own, was also a wonderful memory for me. John will be sadly missed but I hope he is up in Heaven right now making my Dad laugh by pulling a prank on my Mom! Much love to the entire Stroup family.

  11. Ryan Crowder May 6, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    You were one of the good ones Pap. Always a man cheering in my corner no matter what. You always made me smile. You will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers for the Stroups

  12. Marie Stroup Martindale May 7, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    So many memories of Scircleville and family reunions. Aunt Sally and family you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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