1930 - 2013
Walla Walla resident Arthur Hugh Strode, 82, left to be with his Heavenly Father on Feb. 3, 2013, at his home.
Arthur was born April 29, 1930, in Medford, Ore., to Arthur Hugh Sr. and Stella Berniece (Hathaway) Strode. He was raised and attended schools in Walla Walla, attending Prospect Point and Jefferson schools. At an early age, in 1946, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in the Japanese Occupation and various duties in the South Pacific. He returned to Walla Walla when he was honorably discharged. He worked for a short time as a sergeant at Washington State Penitentiary. In September, 1953, he moved to Carson, Wash., in the Columbia Gorge and felled timber for 23 years until he built his own logging company and specialized in harvesting transmission poles and managing forests for watersheds, Girl Scouts, lake clubs and Bible camps.
After retirement he moved to Show Low, Ariz. His wife, Leona Cunningham passed away there. He later united with Ruth Ruby Larkin and moved back to Walla Walla, which he always considered home. He and Ruth were married Oct. 25, 2003.
He loved his church at the First Christian Church of Dixie in Walla Walla. He said “If you can’t think happy thoughts of me, don’t think of me. My leaving only means I get there before you do. May God bless you.”
Those left to mourn his loss are his wife at home; his daughter, Lynnette M. Strode of Carson, Wash.; three sons: Jeffrey H. Strode of Winlock, Wash., Brian K. Strode of Albany, Ore., and Gregory Strode of Sunnyside, Wash.; three sisters: Doris Bernies, Janice Truttman and Carolyn Hargrove; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Eston Strode.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the First Christian Church of Dixie, 665 Actor St., Dixie, Pastor Joe Rhymes will officiate. There will be a graveside service in Burley, Idaho. Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice or a charity of donor’s choice through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.