Colonel John Henry Strope (Ret), 93, of Emerald Isle, NC passed away on Saturday afternoon, July 28 at home with his wife and caretakers by his side.
John was born to Glen and Anna Strope on September 25, 1925. During World War II, John served as a Private First Class in the US Marine Corps and was wounded in the invasion of Iwo Jima. After the war he served with the occupational forces in Japan, before returning home where he completed high school. He went on to graduate from Penn State University in 1951 and returned to active duty commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served in the Korean War in 1953 as a Tanker and the Vietnam War 1966-1967 in supply logistics. He later completed military assignments within the US, a three year tour in Rota, Spain and one year in Iwakuni, Japan.
John retired from the Marine Corps on November 1, 1977 at Camp Lejeune, NC with the rank of Colonel. Upon retirement, he owned and operated an antique business from 1978 to 1985 and then fully retired to Emerald Isle. There he later met and married Barbara Cleve. As a couple they traveled extensively and were active members of the EI community.
John is preceded in death by his first wife, Julia Elizabeth Dew, of Wilson NC. He is survived by their two sons, John Henry Jr. and William Benjamin, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He is also survived by his current wife of 25 years Barbara Cleve Strope, her six children, nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
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A memorial service will be held at St Peter’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Swansboro NC on Saturday, August 17 at 11:00 am.