Gilbert F. Strople Sr., 87, of Winthrop, passed away in Omak on Jan. 20, 2015, of heart failure. He was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on Jan. 13, 1928. Our father was one of eight children and is survived by a sister, Barbara, and brother Eugene. Our father enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945 and served on the USS Gridley at the end of WWII. He also served in the Korean War.
Our father met our mother in Seattle, where they soon married and started their life together. This marriage produced five children, four sons and one daughter. Our mother Betty and our brother Thomas preceded Dad in death in 1991 and 2001.
Dad had worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad for 40 some years before retiring in 1988. Our Dad and Mom would spend their whole vacation in the San Juan Islands fishing and camping, and listening for the big ships to go by. Dad called them “thumpers” — he loved the big ships.
Dad moved to Winthrop in 2006 with his friend Frances Mishler. They both moved to Jamie’s Place last June, where Frances passed away in July. Our family would like to thank Jamie’s Place for the loving care they gave to Dad while he was there. Our thanks also to Larry and Louise Higbee for the loving care they extended to our Dad. They are a true blessing. There will be no service as was Dad’s wish.
Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel of Okanogan/Twisp and the Okanogan County Crematory of Okanogan are caring for the arrangements.