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Elvin B. Strope

Jun 29, 2010

ESTHERVILLE – A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 10, 2010, at First Presbyterian Church in Estherville for Elvin B. Strope, 87, of Greeley, Colo.,

Elvin entered eternal life on Thursday, June 24, 2010, in Greeley, Colo. He was one of 10 children born on Feb. 22, 1923, in Venus, Neb., to William Wallace and Dora (Ickler) Strope.

In 1941, he graduated from Orchard High School in Nebraska and went on to Grand Island Business School. He then returned to work on his family’s farm.

In 1945, Elvin married Norma Bennett and they farmed together until they moved to Dickinson County, Iowa in 1953. It was here they remained in farming until retirement in 1989. In 2006 they moved to Greeley, Colo.

Elvin served on the Board of Trustees in Richland Township and on the Board of Adjustment in Dickinson County. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Estherville where he served as a trustee and sang in the church choir for over 50 years

He will be sadly missed by his wife and two daughters, Dianne (Jon) Schiltz of Greeley, Colo., and Dawn (Larry) Van Ess of Union Grove, Wis. He is further survived by four grandchildren: Jared (Allison) Schiltz of Denver, Emily (Tim) Smith of Madison, Wis., Alison (Jeff) Nielsen of Union Grove, Wis. and Jeremy (Jen) Van Ess of Washington, D.C. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren: Brenden, Bryn, and Evan Nielsen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and three brothers: Margaret, Bernice and Leora, Bernard, Wendell and Wayne.

Elvin has deeded his body for medical research to the University of Iowa School of Medicine.

Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church of Estherville or the charity of one’s choice.

The Schuchert Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.