Elbert T. Strange was born in Ringgold County, near Diagonal, Iowa on June 26,
He was the son of Louis A. and Effie Ruby Strange.
Elbert died suddenly on March 3, 1999 while wintering in Mission, Texas.
Elb grew up at Diagonal and graduated high school from there in 1942. Elb
volunteered and served honorably in the United States Air Force during World
War II and after his discharge, he managed a food market in Portersville,
California and worked eight years at Alcoa Aluminum in Vernon, California.
On June 28, 1947 Elb was united in marriage to Athena Kinder in Mount Ayr,
Iowa. They moved to Mount Ayr in 1961. Elb was the Sheriff of Ringgold County
from 1961 until his retirement in 1985. Elb was known for being more than just
a Sheriff, as he cared for the citizens of the county and tried to help the
people that were having difficulties in their lives. Elb organized the
Ringgold County Sheriff's Posse and was an honorary member of the group.
After retiring from the Sheriff's Department, he worked part time on the Mount
Ayr Police Department. At this time he and Athena started going south for the
winters, to California and Texas. They enjoyed their time in the south and
their friendships with other people that spent their winters there also.
He enjoyed cards, collecting law enforcement memorabilia and collecting many
other things as well, and he enjoyed sharing these items with friends and
He was a member of the First Christian Church, Ringgold Post #172 of the
American Legion, Faith Lodge #179 A.F. and A.M., Order of Eastern Star, all in
Mount Ayr and he was a member of the Shrine Temple.
Elb is survived by his wife, Athena Strange of Mount Ayr, a son Douglas and
his wife Dixie Strange of Des Moines, Iowa, his daughter Cynthia St. Pierre
and husband of Woodlawn, Tennessee, three brothers, twin Delbert Strange of
Wood Lake, California; Bob and wife Gladys Strange of Diagonal, Iowa; and Jack
Strange of Porterville, California; sister Betty and husband Don Tellefson of
Whittier, California; nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren and a host
Services were held Sunday, March 7, 1999 at 2:30 p.m. at the First Christian
Church in Mount Ayr, Iowa with the Rev. Bill Gardner officiating. Music was
provided by Mrs. Malcolm Eighmy and Dr. Collus Lawhead.
Casketbearers were Paul Brand, Jim George, Dale Greene, Bob Strange, Jr., Lyle
Minnick, and Royce Dredge.
Honorary pallbearers were Larry King, Ronald Shields, L.W. Joe Gross, Hugh
Kenneth Hebensperger, Leo Morgan, Marvin Sobotka, and Ainslee Triggs.
Military graveside rites were provided by Ringgold Post #172 of the American
Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Wilson-Watson and Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Transcription and Submission by Lorelei Rusco, February of 2014