Phillip Richard Strong, Jr, 81, went peacefully surrounded by his family on May 4, 2016 at Presbyterian Manor of the Plains, Dodge City. He was born on January 6, 1935 in Kingman, the son of Phillip Richard and Anna Theresa (Fredelake) Strong.
He grew up in Windthorst and graduated from Windthorst High School. Phillip then attended St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and later in the Army Reserves. On July 9, 1961 he married Marianne Balderston in Dodge City. She preceded him in death on February 27, 1998.
Phillip was a parts salesman for 53 years for Scheufler Supply which later became Big A Automotive and is now Carquest Autoparts. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and watching all sports on TV. Phillip also enjoyed the car races where he worked the back gate at the old Dodge City Raceway located in Wright Park.
He was a member Senior Friends of Dodge City.
Phillip is survived by two daughters, Tammarra Trabert and husband John of Dodge City and Tonya Broberg and husband David of Wichita; seven grandchildren, Jerod Waldman and wife Shelby, Kaileigh McLaughlin and husband Josh, Brittany Waldman, Jacob Waldman, Katilyn Broberg, Benjamin Broberg, and Misty Dawn Tenbrink and husband Gary; great grandchildren, Hayes Lane McLaughlin and Little Miss McLaughlin arriving in Early July, and three great granddaughters; three brothers, Don Strong and wife Rotha of Kinsley, Gary Strong and wife Carolynn of Spearville, and Larry Strong of Milsap, Texas; and sister, Carolyn Forbes and husband Pat of Pittsburg. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Shari Quisenberry and son, David Hewes.
Funeral service will be held at Swaim Funeral Home on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 10:30 AM with Rev. Wesley Schawe presiding. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery with Military Honors by Howard Gotschall Post #1714, V.F.W. and KSARNG Military Honors. Visitation will be at Swaim Funeral Home on Sunday, May 8, 2016 from Noon to 6:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Prairie or Presbyterian Manor of the Plains in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.