Roy Lee Strother, Jr. was born on January 4, 1945 in Indianapolis, IN. He was the son of Roy Lee Strother, Sr., and Donabelle Mae (Powell) Strother.
On May 18, 1979, he was joined in marriage to Beverly Black. They moved from Washington state to Taney County, MO in the mid-1990s.
At the age of 17, Roy joined the U.S. Army, serving in Germany and in Vietnam. After the Army, he held a variety of jobs, including several while taking a two-year motorcycle journey around the U.S. He retired as an auto mechanic and member of the International Machinists Union prior to moving to MO, where he began a second career as an over-the-road truck driver for twenty-plus years.
Hunting and fishing were life-long enjoyments for Roy, skills developed in his youth as he spent time with his grandfather. In the 1980s, he discovered scuba diving, eventually earning Master Diver and Underwater Rescue certification. He also became a licensed airplane pilot. He was a talented player with a harmonica and guitar, and he enjoyed listening to 1940s, classic country, and bluegrass music.
One of his greatest pleasures was gathering around a fire with family and friends, talking, listening to music, watching his peacocks and chickens, and having a cold one.
Roy entered into rest on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the age of 74. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly Strother; two sons, Robert Kestenbaum (wife, Kathryn), and Jon Strother (wife, Sarah); one sister, Peggy Gallardo (husband, Vic); four grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
A celebration of Roy’s life will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. in St. Joseph’s Anglican Church in Branson with Father Jim McTaggart officiating under the direction of Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory, Branson.