MURFREESBORO, TN - Douglas Strode age 85 went to be with his Lord & Savior on Saturday September 7th after a courageous battle from complications due to diabetes and congestive heart failure.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, September 12, 2019 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2200 S. Philo Rd., Urbana, IL, with visitation one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Burial will be held at Kopmann Cemetery, rural Royal, Illinois.
Douglas was born March 14, 1934, a son of Charles F. and Nellie Ann (Jackson) Strode. He married Grace Stein on January 22, 1955 and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Douglas Frances Strode of Murfreesboro, TN, and Desi Edward (Dianne) Strode of Urbana, IL; two daughters, Diane Young(Henry) Carter of Mount Juliet, TN, and Denise Michelle(Steve) Hartsell of Murfreesboro, TN. 9 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and a brother, Delas(Lillian) Strode of Neptune Beach, Fla, Sister-In-Law and Brother-In-Law, Ted & Mary Sandwell of Urbana and many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly.
Douglas was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Danny Strode, a sister Ines Strode, a son Dennis Strode, a grandson Byron Young, and a great granddaughter Ava Harmon and his dear friend of many years Ron Sommer.
Douglas graduated from Sidney High School and was a general contractor for 57 years. He was a member of Epiphany Anglican Church and enjoyed being with his family, NASCAR, listening to country music, and using his hands and creative ideas to build things. Douglas had a great love for Civil War history and flying small planes.
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