Thursday, December 18, 2014



Richard N. Strimple, 91, Ottawa, Kansas, passed away June 11, 2014, at the Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kansas.

Family members plan to welcome friends to a visitation service 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, Ottawa. A funeral service is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday June 17, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church, Ottawa. Burial is to follow at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa.

Richard was born May 7, 1923, in Altoona, Kansas, the son of Bert and Blanch (Cambell) Strimple.

Richard graduated in 1941 from Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville, Kansas. He worked for Junge Baking Co. in Coffeyville, retiring after 37 years. Richard also served as lay minister for several Methodist Churches in the area for five years. He moved to Ottawa in 1987 and worked in maintenance and as a custodian for 23 years at First United Methodist Church.

Richard was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Ottawa. Richard was an accomplished whistler and performed for various churches and nursing homes in the area for many years.

Richard was united in marriage with Helen Louise Wilkerson in 1942 in Coffeyville. They shared 62 years. Louise preceded Richard in death in 2004.

Richard also was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Richard E. Strimple.

Survivors include a daughter, Christine (Strimple) Johnson and husband, Richard D., Ottawa; six grandchildren, Scarlet Nilges, Brenda Bettge, Susan Schmutz, Sharon Strimple, Angela Carter, Bobby Gragg; eight great-grandchildren, Garett and Greg Nilges, Debbie Fagan, Kylee Fielder, Brandon and Ralie Bettge, Hunter and Amanda Schmutz; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the First United Methodist Church of Ottawa or Franklin County Hope House through Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa KS 66067.

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