Oscar Franklin Stroope, 87, passed away on June 21, 2018 in Southlake, Texas. A memorial service will be held on June 30th at Boze Mitchell McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie, Texas at 10:00 a.m. A private burial will follow the service. Visitation will be held on Friday, June 29th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Boze Mitchell McKibbin.
Oscar was born on July 17, 1930 to G.O and Annie Stroope in Waxahachie and had 10 siblings. He remained a lifelong Waxahachie resident although he spent the last four years in the Grapevine/Southlake area closer to family. Despite his battle with Alzheimer’s, Oscar remained a gentle, kind-hearted soul and was a favorite of his caregivers.
Throughout his life, Oscar was an avid gardener, fisherman, dancer and golfer. He followed his father’s path as a beekeeper (as did six of his seven brothers). He served as President of the Texas Beekeepers Association and as a mentor for others in the beekeeping industry. Oscar was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church and its Covenant Class. Other community activities included serving as president of the Waxahachie Country Club and the Waxahachie Pony Baseball League. An accomplished golfer, Oscar won several area golf tournaments throughout his life. A life-long tinkerer, there weren’t many mechanical or botanical problems that he didn’t address, even in his later years and often to the chagrin of his caregivers. El Fenix Mexican Restaurant and ice cream remained among his top two food preferences.
He graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1949 and attended Texas A&M University and Arlington State University (now UTA). He returned to Waxahachie to begin his work as a beekeeper and founded Stroope Honey Company. He married Evelyn Eason in 1950 and had three children; Charles, Barbara and Bill. Oscar was honorably discharged from the Army’s 49th Division and continued to serve in the Texas National Guard.
Oscar is survived by his wife, Betty Lou Stroope of Ennis; Charles & Diane Stroope of Dallas; Barbara and Don Botik of Colleyville; and Bill & Cheryl Stroope of Southlake; grandchildren Cody, Kevin, Eric, David, Kristen, Brian and Sara; brother Jack Stroope and sister Ruby Hayes, both of Waxahachie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, G.O. and Annie Stroope, brothers, O.T, James, Don, John, Bob, Jewel, Thomas; sister Diane Kelsch and golfing and fishing friends too numerous to mention.
Oscar’s family would like to thank the many caregivers that provided expert care, especially Sharon Lamb, Leticia Osei-Poku, Ariceli Mendoza, Brandy Facundus, Jan Treat, Keisha Bates, Vicki Zirkelbach and Marcia Lee.