H.L. Tom Stregles born December 7, 1923 Sylvania, Georgia. Grew up in Savannah, Georgia. Enlisted in the US Navy May 15, 1941 – discharged June 3rd 1944. Worked as a Signalman on USS McCawley. The McCawley later began the flagship for Admiral R.K. Turner, the commander of all the amphibious forces in the South Pacific. The McCawley was awarded 5 Battle Stars for World War II, participated in the entire Guadalcanal campaign beginning August 7, 1942. The McCawley was sunk by the Japanese on June 30th 1943. He survived the sinking and was wounded on July 4th 1943 during a bombing raid on Rendova Island. He spent the next 11 months in 5 different hospitals.
He came to Kansas City in 1953 and met Wanda, his wife of 53 years. He spent 10 years managing bars in downtown Kansas City. In 1963, he and Wanda opened and ran the 707 Lounge at I-29 and Barry Road and for 8 years was the only business at what is now “Zona Rosa”. In later years, he and Wanda owned and operated several businesses including the Weston One Stop in Weston and convenience store in Linkeville and a car rental business in Ferrelview.
Survivors include 2 brothers Lamar Stregles of Guyton, Georgia and Fred Stregles of Brunswick, Georgia. Surviving children include Bill Hensley of Acworth, Georgia; Pam Lang of Savannah, Georgia and Len Stregles of Chula Vista, Ca.
The family will receive friends to Celebrate Tom’s Life from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Friday, October 16, 2015 at Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville, MO. A Committal Service with military honors will follow the visitation at 12:30 p.m., Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, 395 Biddle Blvd, Leavenworth, KS.