Don E. Stroope

Dec. 15, 1924 –

Dec. 8, 2011

Don E. Stroope, 86, of Waxahachie passed away Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at his residence. He was born to the late Garland O.T. and Annie Atkins Stroope on Dec. 15, 1924 in Waxahachie.

Don was born and raised in Waxahachie being one of 11 children; there were nine boys and two girls. He graduated WISD in 1942 and joined the United States Marine Corps in 1943. Don proudly served our country in the Okinawa/Pacific Campaign during WWII. He was honorably discharged in 1947. Don attended Texas A&M on the GI Bill and graduated in 1950 with a bachelor’s of science degree in entomology.  Shortly after graduation Don founded Stroope Pest Control, which is still serving Waxahachie, Ellis County and the surrounding area today.  Don married Joanne and they were married for 55 years and had three children. After Joanne’s passing, Don married Waltraud “Wally” and they have been married four years.  Don helped create the Texas Pest Control Association (TPCA) and was very proud to call Waxahachie home.  He loved and enjoyed hunting, fishing, horse racing, reading, dancing and most of all, helping and teaching others. Don leaves behind a wonderful legacy that will continue for generations to come. He will be greatly missed and continually loved by so many.

He is survived by his wife, Waltroud “Wally” Stroope; his sons, Tom Stroope and his wife, Linda, Rob Stroope and his wife, Pat; his daughters, Sybilla Carter and Stephanie McGrath; brothers, Jack Stroope and Oscar Stroope; his sister, Ruby Hayes; his daughter-in-law, Kelly Stroope, wife of Clay; his grandchildren, Rielly and his wife, Cecily, Sydney, Robby, Hayley, Emily and her husband, Jimmie Hester and Don Clay Stroope Jr. and his wife, Courtney, Jullian, Sarah and Benjamin; great-grandchildren, Clay David, Lucy, Jack and Charlotte.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Garland O.T. and Annie Atkins Stroope; his first wife, Joanne Stroope; his son, Donald Clay Stroope Sr.; his brothers, O.T., James, Jewel, John, Bobby Joe and Thomas; and by his sister, Dianne Kelsh.

Services to celebrate Don’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church, Waxahachie.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Wayne Boze Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Texas A&M Foundation; in the memo of your check include Don E. Stroope Memorial Endowed Scholarship.  Mail your contribution in Don’s name to Mr. Roger Gold, Urban Entomology 2143 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843.