Bill Strong ’47 — ‘He was the joyous spirit of the party’

From My Web Times:

To Bill Strong Jr., his father was his hero. And many in the Ottawa community share that sentiment.

Bill Strong Sr. died Sunday at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley at age 86. Although he was born in Sandwich and grew up in Earlville, Ottawa became Strong’s adopted hometown.

He moved to Ottawa a few years after his service in World War II and started a farm supply store in a bakery in the building that once stood behind the Roxy theater. Over the years he sold a wide assortment of merchandise, including appliances.

“He was a good dad, and always supportive and encouraging to us,” Strong Jr. recalled.

Strong Jr. said his father had close ties to Galesburg’s Knox College, where he received his bachelor’s degree, and was pleased to be able to journey back there recently for a visit to his old fraternity house.

“Dad loved to travel and he visited five continents. His favorite places were the Parthenon in Greece and Sedona, Ariz. And, you know, while he loved to travel, he could never wait to get back home to Ottawa.”