Obituary for Kevin J Stropes

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Kevin J Stropes

September 10, 1962 - January 21, 2013

Kevin J. Stropes, age 50 passed away suddenly and much too early in life on Monday evening, January 21, 2013 at the Indiana University Health Morgan Hospital in Martinsville. He was a resident of Morgantown. Kevin was a man of strong convictions with strong family values. He will be missed by all who knew & loved him and will never be forgotten.

Kevin was born in Franklin on September 10, 1962 to his parents Kim P. and Carolyn Sue (Aldrich) Stropes. He was a 1980 graduate of Franklin Community High School and went on to earn his bachelors degree in Business Administration from Indiana State University in 1984. Kevin married his loving wife, Dena D. (Burdine) on May 9, 1987 in Greenwood.

He worked for the past 20 years as a Pipe Fitter at both Eli Lilly & Co. and Johnson Controls both of Indianapolis. Kevin was a 10 year member of the First Christian Church of Morgantown where he served as a Deacon and Assistant Sunday School Superintendent. He was a former Johnson County 4-H Leader and volunteered at the Morgantown Community Kitchen.

Kevin enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting and working in his garden. He also was a fan of Indiana University Basketball and cared for all animals.

Kevin leaves behind his maternal grandmother: Marilyn Aldrich of Bargersville; parents: Kim & Carolyn Sue Stropes of Bargersville; wife, Dena; children: Nicole S. Stropes of Morgantown & Bradley J. (Allison) Stropes of Franklin. He will be remembered by his siblings: Kim A. (Tami) Stropes of Shelbyville, Steven J. (Kelli) Stropes of Trafalgar, Jeff S. (Tonya) Stropes of Martinsville, Tom S. (Ali) Stropes of Fishers and Gregory S. (Valerie) Stropes of Camby.

Kevin was preceded in death by a sister: Kimberly Sue Stropes.

The Rev. Burt Brock will conduct a funeral service Saturday at 10:30 am at the First Christian Church of Morgantown, 2717 South Morgantown Road in Morgantown. Friends may call from 2 to 8 pm on Friday at the church. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Greenwood. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Kevin to the First Christian Church of Morgantown, "Landscaping Fund" PO Box 306, Morgantown, IN 46160.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Stropes family at

Information: (812) 597-4670


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Born: September 10, 1962
Died: January 21, 2013

Condolences for Kevin Stropes

Misty Shireman posted on 1/1/00

You have our deepest sympathy during your time of loss. We will continue to pray for your family's peace and ask that God hold you tightly.


Julie Michelfelder Armstrong posted on 1/1/00

God bless, Kevin. He truly was one of the best people I have ever known, and I am blessed to have been able to spend time with him when we were young. Strength and comfort to his wife, family and all who love him.


Linda Swopes posted on 1/1/00

Our condolences from the Swopes family. Xavia Swopes is a first grade student at ICES and came home very concerned about your loss. She wanted us to send our thoughts and prayers to you, Mrs Stropes.


David Wood posted on 1/1/00

So sorry to hear of Kevin's death. I played basketball and went to school with Kevin back in the 70's and 80's. He was a great athlete and a super nice guy. I always enjoyed our conversations and held him in high regard. Didn't know him as a grown Man but by the comments above I see he grew into a wonderful Husband,Dad and Worker. It's a shame that people like Kevin have to leave us so soon. I will keep The Stropes Family in my prayers. Dave Wood


Kevin Workman posted on 1/1/00

Peace to Kevin & his fanmily. I only knew Kevin back in HS days at Franklin. I played w/ Kevin on the same team in 1980. I specifically remember Kevin for his awesome & consistant jump-shot from the corner in which he was extremely effective shooter. God bless him & his family.


Mary Marks posted on 1/1/00

May God comfort Kevins family, and friends in their time of sorrow. To Tom, I am so sorry for your loss ... Winter to Spring, Darkness to Light, Sadness to Peace ... All in Time.


Julie Michelfelder Armstrong posted on 1/1/00

God bless, Kevin. He truly was one of the best people I have ever known, and I was blessed to have been able to spend time with him when we were young. Strength and comfort to his wife, family and all who love him. He really was a great guy.


Kevin Miller posted on 1/1/00

Dear Tom and family. Our hearts are with you. There has been far too much loss and grief in your family lately. Jesus is always near. Elder Kevin Miller Evangel Christian-Greenfield


John Huff posted on 1/1/00

Kim and Sue, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know we have you in our prayers.


Tina Richardson Wise posted on 1/1/00

Though the flowers that blossomed one day in the sun May fade when the warmth of summer is done, Yet they bloom on forever as lovely and bright When tenderly viewed in memory's warm light . . . So the old days may pass and our loved ones may part, But memory keeps them unchanged in the heart. Our condolences and prayers.


Beth and Mike Fusco posted on 1/1/00

We are so sorry for your loss..


Ron Anglea posted on 1/1/00

I worked with Kevin at Lilly for several years. He was a hard worker, dependable and respected by all. I am so sorry for your loss.


Portia Hughes posted on 1/1/00

Our hearts go out to the entire Stropes family. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers in the hard days ahead. May God wrap you in the comfort of His love and give you peace. God Bless you all.


Mark Williams posted on 1/1/00

As it is hard to come to terms with the loss of Kevin. Everyone that knew him had the same feelings about him. He was a very respected Christian man that set a great example for us all that strive to be a better; man, father, husband, and friend. He will be deeply missed by all. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.


Anita Brown posted on 1/1/00

I am so sorry for the loss of Kevin. Just know I'm Praying for the Lord to wrap his arms around you and comfort you all through this very difficult time. Love to you all!!


Pastor Larry Fannin posted on 1/1/00

So sorry for your loss. You have the prayers and love of the Evangel Christian Church family.


Deann Henselmeier Tomlinson posted on 1/1/00

Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about. God has opens Heaven's gate for Kevin, one kind and gentle man.


Norma Jean Knarzer-Calamito posted on 1/1/00

Kim and Sue & family: Words cannot express how sad I am at this time. I want you to know that although it has been many years since I have been with you, we are cousins and miles cannot separate our love as a family. Praying for you at this very sad time. Love, Norma Jean and family,


Alisha Pickerel posted on 1/1/00

Dena and family: Emilee and the rest of our family want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. All of the students and parents at ICES love you dearly. We are here for you if you need us.


Eric Seest posted on 1/1/00

My deepest sympathies and condolences to Kevin's family and friends. His support for my lab group here at Lilly was second to none! I really appreciated interacting with him and his work ethic.


Tom Hughes posted on 1/1/00

I was very sorry to hear one of my best childhood friends had passed away much too soon. I have many good memories of hunting, fishing, playing basketball, or just hanging out with Kevin. My thoughts and prays go out to all that knew and loved him.