Robert Allen Strong went to his heavenly home Sunday, June 11, 2017. He was born Jan. 9, 1943, and was the son of George and Eldora (Dodd) Strong.
Bob had a happy childhood surrounded by aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. His first job was as a paperboy for the Tipton Tribune and his retirement job was a rural carrier for the Kokomo Tribune. Bob often joked about starting as a paperboy and ending as a paperboy.
Bob was a 1961 graduate of Tipton High School. He was a talented athlete, participating in football and pole vaulting in track. Bob also worked for the Tipton swimming pool as a lifeguard and instructor. He was raised in the First Baptist Church, and later attended Kokomo First Church of the Nazarene.
Bob graduated from Franklin College in 1965.He was recognized as an outstanding football player, and he received several school and conference awards for pole vaulting. At his time of graduation, he held several pole vaulting records. Bob worked at the Kokomo Railroad during this time, as well. He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, where he made many lifelong friends. After graduation Bob attended Butler University for one semester. He worked at Delphi School Corp. for two years as a teacher. He then worked for Prudential Insurance. Bob later trained with Safeco Insurance as a claims adjuster. He retired from Safeco in 2005.
Bob loved sports as a participant, coach and spectator. He played on baseball and softball teams until he was 40. Bob especially loved coaching, helping, and watching his children and grandchildren. His retirement passion was the game of golf. Bob's involvement in sports allowed him to make many new friends as well as reunite with many old friends. He loved life, and will be missed by so many.
Survivors include his two children, whom he loved dearly and was so proud of, Robert (Veronica) Strong, Greenwood, and Kristin Prokop, Titusville, Florida, along with his grandchildren, Katlyn Brock, Andy Brock, Logan Strong and Liam Strong. Also surviving are his sister, Sue (Dennis) Shrock, Ann Arbor, Michigan; his Christian Commitment wife, Cassandra Plake; Cassandra's children and grandchildren, Tony Plake, Shiloh Plake, Amanda (Jamie) Weston, Marci (Rick) Whitesell, Cassie Whitesell, Andrew Whitesell and Jordon Whitesell.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, and two wives, Davene Jones and Vicky Storms.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at Porter Funeral Home, 726 N. Ash St., Tipton. A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 16, with the Rev. Gary Eberhart officiating. Interment will follow in Tipton's Fairview Cemetery.
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Published on June 13, 2017