William Dean "Bill" Strom

Class of 1945

1945 Graduation Edition
Perry Daily Journal
Bill Strom

A familiar figure in Noble county 4-H club work, Bill Strom, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Strom of rural route 4, Perry, attended the Hunter grade school before entering Perry high school.

He is a native of this city, however, having been born here May 5, 1928.

Bill wants to attend an agricultural college upon receiving his diploma from PHS>

William Dean “Bill” Strom

May 5, 1928 – June 8, 2005

William D. (Bill) Strom, 77, of Stillwater, died on Wednesday, June 8, 2005, at St. Francis Heart Hospital in Tulsa, OK.

Funeral services will be at 2:00pm Saturday, June 11, at the Church of Christ, 821 N. Duck, Stillwater, OK. Ministers, Richard Poe of Stillwater and John Harp of San Antonio, TX, will officiate. Internment will be in Grace Hill Cemetery in Perry, OK. Memorials may be made to the “Food Bank” Church of Christ, 821 N. Duck, Stillwater, OK 74074.

Strom was born May 5, 1928, in Perry, OK to Timothy and Hannah (Nelson) Strom. He graduated from Perry High School in 1945. He attended Oklahoma State University and graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, in 1958 with a Masters of Science degree in Rural Education, and in 1966 with a Doctor of Education.

On July 16, 1950, Strom and Earline Carpenter were wed at Erick, OK. They were married over 54 years.

He was a ranch manager at Coldwater, KS for several years; then served as a 2nd Lt. in the US Army during the Korean War. Later he was a County Extension Agent at Fairview, OK and Beaver, OK. He then transferred to become a Program Specialist for the Oklahoma State 4-H Department where he remained until his retirement in 1983.

He enjoyed working with young people his entire career. He worked with 4-H members and later with foster children with the Stillwater Exchange Club of which he was a charter member for 33 years.

He was especially proud of his seven grandchildren, Gabriel Strom, Emilie Strom, Carson Bode, Brigitte Bode, Kelsey Strom, Mason Strom, and Gage Strom. He enjoyed having them in his home often. Strom gave his time back to his community by serving 10 years on the Morrison School Board of Education, working many years at the Church of Christ “Food Bank”, plus acting as an officer in various organizations to which he belonged.

He is survived by his wife, Earline; two sons Morris of Tulsa, OK and Mark of Stillwater, OK; one daughter Kaye Strom of Stillwater, OK; one sister Beatrice Snyder of Dallas; one brother Bobby Strom of Stillwater and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.