Richard Morris Strom
Richard (Dick) Strom quietly passed away at home on January 27, 2021, surrounded by his 4 children. Dick was 97 years old and a World War II Veteran. Dick and his twin brother were born September 30, 1923 in Chehalis, Washington to Beulah and Roy Strom. In 1944, during World War II, Dick married his High School Sweetheart, Wanda Schnarr. They were married for 62 years when she passed on June 8, 2006.
Dick joined the Army Air Corp (Air Force) and was deployed to Texas to train Navigators. He and Wanda both went to Texas, then California and Arizona during the war. After the war he mustered out after receiving the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He then started school at the University of California Berkley. One day he saw a notice that a company, called Johns Manville, would help pay for an education if he promised to work for them after graduation. Always one to look for a good deal he took them up on the offer and went to Illinois to attend Lake Forest College where he obtained his Business Administration Degree. While there in 1947, their son Rick was born. That Winter they drove their Nash back to California to start Dick's new career.
In 1949 he was transferred to Kirkland, Washington where their son Steve was born. Dick's career was a traveling salesman with his territory including Washington, Oregon and parts of Idaho. In 1951 he moved to Portland Oregon. He was ahead of his time as he worked from home and traveled the roads of the Northwest to sell water and sewer pipe.
In 1952 their daughter, Debra was born and in 1954 their son, David was born. Dick retired at the age of 77 after working for the same company. Dick was a member of the Eastmoreland Dance Club, YMCA Indian Guides and Boy Scouts. When younger, his hobbies included hunting with his sons and fishing with the family. One of his favorite spots in the Northwest was the Wallowa Mountains, camping at Wallowa Lake and hiking the Eagle Cap Wilderness area.
Dick had thought about joining the ministry during college. He was a member of the Moreland Presbyterian Church since 1951. He served on many committees and was proud to have been a Deacon.
Dick was proceeded in death by his wife Wanda, his twin brother Robert and a grandchild. Dick's legacy leaves us a better place in this world. He is survived by his children, Richard Jr. (Kareene), Steve (Edie), Debra (Ewell) Davenport, and Dave (Elisa), 7 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and sisters-in-law Rose Korpi and Judy Alcala. In his unselfish manner, one of his last wishes was to have his body donated to the OHSU Full Body Donation Program. He will be interned with his beloved wife Wanda at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, OR. A Celebration of Life will be held later this year.
In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Moreland Presbyterian Church, Portland OR or OHSU Full Body Donation Program.