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Obituary: Kevin J. Stropes, Morgantown

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Kevin J. Stropes, 50, passed away suddenly and much too early in life on Monday evening, Jan. 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 and loved him and will never be forgotten.

Kevin was born in Franklin on Sept. 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 bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana State University in 1984.

Kevin married his loving wife, Dena D. (Burdine) Stropes, on May 9, 1987, in Greenwood.

He worked for the past 20 years as a pipe fitter at both Eli Lilly and Co. and Johnson Controls, both in 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 and Carolyn Sue Stropes of Bargersville; wife, Dena; and children, Nicole S. Stropes of Morgantown and 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 at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church of Morgantown, 2717 S. Morgantown Road in Morgantown. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Glenns Valley, Greenwood.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home, Cremation and Personalization Center in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Kevin to First Christian Church of Morgantown, “Landscaping Fund,” P.O. Box 306, Morgantown, IN 46160.

Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Stropes family at www.meredith-clark.com.

Information: 812-597-4670

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