NLJ Staff


April 30, 1962–Sept. 5, 2021

On Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, John Edward Strong, loving husband and father, passed away in Upton, Wyo., at the age of 59. 

John was born April 30, 1962, to George and Alice Strong. He was the youngest of 10 children.

John graduated from Upton Hight School in 1981. He married Laurie Boyles and to this union two children were born, Roberta Paulette and Tristan Lee. Roberta passed away in November of 1984 from SIDS. Laurie and John were later divorced.

John went to work at American Colloid Company. In 1982, he joined the Upton Fire Department. July 8, 1993,  John married SuEllen Bailey. He later adopted Melissa
and Jenny. 

After American Colloid shut down, he became a wildland firefighter. He was often gone throughout the summer, fighting fire in places all over the country including Alaska, California, Oregon, Colorado, Washington, South Dakota, Montana, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico and Florida. While in Florida, he helped with hurricane
Katrina relief.

John also worked for Dean Strong at K&D Perforators. Over the last few years, he worked for Sam Haptonstall. 

When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed gardening, yard work, shotting and technology. But most all, fighting fire.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Alice Strong; his mother and father-in-law, Lloyd and Ellen Bailey; daughter, Roberta Strong; sister, Wilma Strong; brothers, George and Jerry Strong; several aunts and uncles; and his Grandma Hazel Ames.

John is survived by his wife, SuEllen Strong; daughters, Melissa Ragsdale of Casper, Wyo., and Jenny (Evan) Strong of Gilcrest, Colo.; son, Tristan Brown of Denver, Colo.; grandson, Jerex Strong; grandaughters, Teagan and Brecklyn Ragsdale; sisters, Joyce (Sam) Haptonstall of Upton and Kathy (Jerry) Tarter of Boise, Idaho; brothers, David (Wendy) Strong, Dean (Sonia) Strong, Cecil (Paulette) Strong and Steve Strong, all of Upton; brothers-in-law, Lloyd (Barb) Bailey and Dale (Debbie) Bailey; sisters-in-law, Carol Strong of Oshoto, Wyo., and Betty Strong of Upton; numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephew; and a very great and special friend, Ryan Stenberg.

Funeral arrangements are Saturday, Sept. 11, at 2:30 at Upton Elementary School in Boal Auditorium, with a reception to follow in
the gymnasium.


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