J. Fred Strathe
March 22, 1937 - May 18, 2022
Joseph F. “Fred” Strathe, 85, native Parsonian, died at 8:08 p.m., Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Parsons. Death was unexpected.
He was born March 22, 1937 in Parsons to Stentor S. and Nora (Murphy) Strathe. He grew up in Parsons, and graduated from Parsons High School in 1955, where he excelled in sports, especially basketball; he still holds a PHS school record with 51 points in a game. He worked in the private sector for several years and played semi-pro basketball prior to returning to college where he graduated from Parsons Junior College in 1960, and was a member of the 1960 National Championship Basketball team. He continued his basketball career at Washburn University in Topeka, earning his Bachelor’s in 1963. He later earned a Master’s degree in Education from Pittsburg State University.
He started his career in education, as both a teacher and a coach, at Codell, Osborne, Kanopolis, Salina, and Chetopa, Kansas schools before returning to Parsons in 1973 to teach and coach at both Parsons Junior High and Parsons High School until his retirement in 1995.
He married his high school sweetheart, Neola Hamsher, on August 23, 1959 at the First Baptist Church of Parsons, and they would have observed their 63rd anniversary this August. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing golf throughout life, making many friends along the way and an occasional hole-in-one. He also enjoyed being outdoors and working on various family projects in the yard.
Surviving is his wife, Neola, of the home; four sons: Brad Strathe (Carol) of Manhattan, Dr. Greg Strathe (Cheryl) of Owasso, OK, Brian Strathe of Parsons, and Jeff Strathe (Johnna) of Pittsburg; fourteen grandchildren: Joey, Zack, and Dr. Erin Strathe (Stephen Bridenstine); Mallory Dixon (Jaran), Nate (Sierra), Matt, and Trevor Strathe; Tyler (Megan), Justin, Brandon, Jared, and Jenna Strathe; Gavon and Jace Strathe; great-grandchildren: Karter and Annie Strathe, Dru and Cam Dixon, Mason Strathe, Tanner Strathe and Lydia Bridenstine. Also surviving is brother, James “Jim” Strathe of Wichita. A brother, Sam Strathe, preceded him in death.
The funeral service will be at 10 a.m., Monday May 23, at the First Baptist Church of Parsons, with Pastor Travis Ball officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday.
Memorials are suggested to the Parsons Area Community Foundation or the First Baptist Church, and they may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357. Online messages may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com
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