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Shirley E. Strnad

Passed away: June 17, 2011
Funeral Home: Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home

August 17, 1932 - June 17, 2011

Shirley Eugene Strnad, 78, Scandia died Friday, June 17, 2011 at the Republic County Hospital, Belleville. He was born August 17, 1932 at the family home in rural Munden. He was the fourth of eight children born to Bohumil Milek “B.M.” and Lois Elizabeth (Sanford) Strnad. Shirley attended and graduated from Bethlehem, a one room school house in rural Narka and then Munden High School in 1950.

He worked on the family farm until he was drafted in 1953 into the United States Army where he served in Germany during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1955. He attended Fairbury Jr. College and later transferred to Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He graduated in 1959 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. Shirley participated in the Kansas COOP mangers program and held management positions at COOPs in Lycene, Blue Mound, Topeka, and Silver Lake, Kansas. He returned to Republic County with his family where he lived in Scandia. He took a position as Yard Manager at Republican Valley Feedlot. In 1969 Shirley entered a partnership were he purchased RVF and formed Republican Valley Cattle Feeders Inc. Through out his life Shirley was involved in many business adventures including United Grain and Nesika Ethanol. Shirley remained active in cattle and farming though out his entire life. He was a strong supporter of local FFA and 4H organizations.

In the effort to promote Kansas agricultural economics, Shirley and his wife Phyllis traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Central America, Cuba, the Caribbean, Canada, and Alaska with the KSU Traveling Wildcats organization. He served on many agricultural related organizations including the Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas Grain Advisory Commission and was appointed by Governor Sibelius to the Governor’s Rural Life Task Force. The importance of serving his community was also apparent through his service in numerous civic organizations including Isis Shiners, Salina, Royal Order of Jesters, Salina, Ophel Chapter No. 115 O.E.S., Belleville, York Rita, Junction City, American Legion Post No. 193, Scandia, AF & AM Lodge No. 129, Belleville, and he was an active member of the Scandia United Methodist Church.

Shirley was preceded in death by his parents; sister Betty Piroutek; brothers Billy W. and Roger W. Strnad; grandson Alexander J. Strnad; and step daughter Diana Bowen. He is survived by his wife Phyllis Strnad of their home; daughter Chandra (John) Stuchlik, Scandia, son Jeff (Tracy) Strnad, Scandia, daughter Kristine (Alan) Younger, Salina, step daughter Lois (Jack) Reichert, Knoxville, IA, step son Eric (Stephanie) Bowen, Lawrence, daughter Elizabeth (Jeff) Lahodny, Lindsborg, daughter Leann Strnad, Concordia, and daughter Stacy (David) Davis, Elmdale; thirteen grandchildren Tim and Ben Baker, Seth Strnad, Nicholas and Emily Younger, Ben Reichert, Kyleigh and Xavier Bowen, Bailey Roberts, Breana Riffel, Addison Meyer, Justina and Westin Davis; and one great grandson Cohen Howell. Shirley is also survived by brothers Glen O. and Henry Strnad of Munden; sisters Patsy Taylor, Pekin, IL and Mary Rundus, Munden, and numerous nieces and nephews. Shirley was a loving husband, father and grandfather who contributed greatly to the agricultural industry. He will be greatly missed by his family and the community. 

Visitation:

Monday 9-9pm; Family greeting friends 7-9pm at funeral home  

Services:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. Pike Valley High School, Scandia, Kansas  

Interment:

Riverview Cemetery, Scandia, Kansas  

Donations:

Shirley Strnad Memorial C/O of the funeral home