John is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was the owner of Strong Alarm Co., specializing in the installation of security systems, until his retirement in 1997. He enjoyed family, fishing, traveling and his two feline companions, Ricky and Lucy; they were a great comfort to John as his health began to decline.
He was the Founder and past Chairman of the non-profit organization, Barry-Lawrence CrimeStoppers, in Southwest MO. Working with law enforcement to help protect the community, John felt this was one of his great accomplishments in life.
He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Jo Ann Strong; two daughters: Jennifer Geilselhardt (Tom) of Highlands Ranch, CO; Cynthia Sagel (Darwin) of Williston, N.D.; and step-son, Chris Freund; seven grandchildren: Brenden, Gabriella and Joshua Geiselhardt; Huston Hamm; Erica Clark; Emily Hamm and Alyssa Freund, and 5 great-grandchildren. Both parents, John B. and Ruth L. Strong preceded him in death.
Family and friends will gather to Celebrate John’s life at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Grand Street Cafe 8815 Renner Blvd. Lenexa, KS 66219. In lieu of flowers Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association National Office 55 W. Wacker Dr. Ste. 1150 Chicago, IL 60601or Lewy Bodies Dementia Association 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W. Lilburn, GA 30047. Memories of John and condolences to the family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com