HENRY PAUL STRNAD

 HENRY PAUL STRNAD
 Henry Paul Strnad was born Dec. 11, 1933, on the family farm in Farmington Township in Republic County, Kansas, the fifth child of Bohumil (Milek) Strnad and Lois Elizabeth Sanford Strnad, and passed away in Republic County Kansas on Tuesday, Feb . 25, 2014, at the age of 80 years, two months and 14 days.
 He lived his entire life in the Munden Community within four miles of where he was born. Henry attended and graduated from eighth grade at Bethlehem School in 1947 and Munden High School with the Class of 1951. He later attended Fairbury Junior College for three semesters. On Dec. 25, 1954, he was married to Anita Rose Rundus at the Munden Presbyterian Church of Munden, Kan., by the Rev. Benjamin Rundus, father of the bride. Three daughters were born to this marriage, Benita Strnad, Rebecca Craig and Beverly Richardson.
 After graduation from high school, he began farming with his father and brothers, Billy, Glen and Roger, on the family farm and continued to be involved with this operation for the rest of his life. He became a small businessman in 1986 when he became part owner of the Farmers Elevator of Narka, Kan., eventually going to work for his brother Shirley Strnad who owned United Grain, Inc.
 In 1997 he returned to work with Strnad Farms until his death. In the spring of 1958 Henry and his wife answered the call to be a lay minister at the Danish Lutheran Sunday School and ministered faithfully to that congregation until 2006 when regular services were discontinued. He continued to serve that congregation for special occasions filling that pulpit for the last time on Christmas Eve of 2013.
 Henry also served numerous congregations throughout southern Nebraska and North Central Kansas during his lifetime, as well as officiating at a great many funerals throughout the area. He was a faithful and dedicated lifelong member of the Zion Evangelical Church of Munden, Kan. He served that church in many capacities including serving as Elder, church treasurer and Sunday School teacher. He was an unabashed ambassador for the church, welcoming all who came through its doors.
 Henry was actively involved in the life of his community and participated in many organizations. He belonged to the Republic County Czechs and was President for many years. He served as President for several years of the Kansas Czechs, Inc. He was a past President of the Republic County Historical Society, and a member in good standing of the Masons' Belleville Lodge No. 129 and enjoyed their fellowship very much.
 Henry was a lifetime member of the National Farmers Union and other farm organizations. He served his community as mayor and city councilman. Henry provided good counsel and advice for friends and family over the years. He was a man of many interests and talents. He was a builder, mechanic, truck driver, electrician, plumber, historian and archivist, preacher and teacher. He had a gift for hospitality and making everyone feel welcome. He said everyone has a story and he took the time to hear it.
 Henry was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Piroutek; brothers Bill W. Strnad, Glen O. Strnad, Shirley Strnad and Roger Strnad. He will be forever remembered by his wife of 59 years, Anita Strnad of the home; daughters Benita Strnad, Tuscaloosa, Ala., Rebecca Craig and husband Robert Jr., Scandia, Kan., and Beverly Richardson and husband Peter, Bozeman, Mont.; grandchildren Robert C. Craig III and Charlsie Craig, Scandia, Kan., and Emily Richardson, Bozeman, Mont.; sisters Patricia Taylor and husband William, Pekin, Ill., and Mary Rundus, Munden, Kan.; and a large number of "favorite" nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
 Funeral services were Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at the Zion Evangelical Church in Munden, Kan., with a sunset burial at Tabor Cemetery, rural Munden. Memorials may be made to the Henry Strnad Memorial. Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, Kan., was in charge of arrangements.

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