Harry Edward Strange


(Mar. 24, 2001)

Ed Strange died in a Fruita, Colo., hospital on March 24. He had resided in Grand Junction, Colo., for about 30 years. He was 94.

He was born in Hermosa, S.D., on March 8, 1907 to Earl Granville and Cora Helen (Stebbing) Strange. He was the older of two children born to this union. His sister Irene preceded him in death on May 18, 1999.

He was married to Opal Irene Gumm on Oct. 4, 1929 at Belle Fourche, S.D. To this union were born three children, Barbara Jean Stewart of Basin, Beulah Mae Bush of Grand Junction, Colo., and Philip Douglas Strange and wife Penny of Federal Way, Wash. His wife Opal of more than 66 years died on April 16, 1996.

His main occupation was as a carpenter-builder. He built numerous businesses and homes in Powell. He worked at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne from 1940-41. He and Opal operated a Gamble Store in Buffalo in the early 1950s. They moved to Moses Lake, Wash., and bought the Lakeside Motel, remodeling it before they sold it.

Ed became a Mason in Powell and belonged to Absaroka Lodge 30 for more than 50 years. He enjoyed playing cribbage and made several boards. He liked to hunt, fish and bowl. He owned a bowling alley in Powell for a time.

Ed and Opal enjoyed traveling after they retired. They spent 20 winters in Arizona and Mexico with their Airstream Trailer.

In addition to son Phil and daughter Barbara, he leaves 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place.