Harry (Bus) Stromgren, 86, Michigan Valley: May 12, 1934 – Aug. 31, 2020

MICHIGAN VALLEY, Kan. – Harry (Bus) Stromgren passed away peacefully Aug. 31, 2020, after a short but mighty battle with cancer. Harry was born May 12, 1934, in Michigan Valley, Kan., to Harry and Corene Stromgren.

Bus was married to Betty Jo Cattani, Aug. 22, 1954; she preceded him in death in 1997. Bus married Carol Lindsay in 2006; she passed away in 2016.

Bus and Betty Jo had two children, Jeff (Stephanie) Stromgren, Topeka, Kan., and Craig (Kyra) Stromgren, Silver Lake, Kan.; six grandchildren, Whitney (Kyle) Smith, San Antonio, Texas, Adin (Matthew) Selzer, Dodge City, Kan., Marissa Stromgren, Portland Ore., Caleb (Laura) Stromgren, Andover, Kan., Miranda (Chase) Lorenz, Manhattan, Kan., and Brandon (Thao) Stromgren, Lakewood Ranch, Fla.; and three great grandchildren, Sloan and Cannon Smith and Collins Selzer. His brother, Tom (Sally) Stromgren, Horseshoe Bay, Texas, also survives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Corene, Betty Jo, Carol, and a brother, Dick Stromgren.

Carol’s son, Rod Lindsay, his wife, Marsha, and daughter, Cayley, were a very important part of Bus’s life. He was very close to the rest of Carol’s family and extended family.

Bus attended schools in Osage City, Kan., and graduated from Michigan Valley High School in 1952. He attended The College of Emporia, where he played football and baseball and was inducted into the hall of fame. He graduated with an education degree in 1956. He accepted his first coaching job at Hamilton High School in 1956, teaching and coaching until he was drafted into the Army in 1957, where he was stationed in Albuquerque, N.M.

In 1959, he moved with his family to Abilene, Kan., to teach and coach at Abilene Junior High. In 1962, he became the head football coach for Abilene High School until 1964. He was a teacher and the high school counselor until 1976. He received his Masters’ Degree in Counseling from Kansas State University in 1971. From 1976 to 1977 he worked for Spangler Candy Company and did school fundraising. He missed education and the kids, and returned to Junction City High School in 1978 as one of their high school counselors until he retired in 1994. His most satisfying achievement was helping kids.

Growing up in the 1940s he worked several jobs on farms and for a few construction companies. He contributed his hard work with his success then and throughout his career.

More than anything, Bus was a family man and really enjoyed when everyone got together, not just on holidays but throughout the year. It was very important to him to spend the holidays together. He loved watching Jeff and Craig compete in all their sports and continued to enjoy watching the grandkids and great grandkids in all of their activities.

Bus loved to play golf throughout his life and loved to compete. Being an avid sports fan, he loved watching sports in person and on TV. He loved his Wildcats. He also loved his buddies, as he called them. He didn’t want to miss a tee time playing golf or playing gin at the golf course every afternoon at 3:30. This was his routine every day, along with Wednesday night football, and the Elks on Friday night.

Bus was very passionate about helping people and helping kids in need. Over the course of his lifetime, even in the last year, he would visit kids and young adults in correctional facilities – just someone to talk to about life and how to get on the right track. He even helped some of them financially with no one even knowing. It was important for him to help people who were down and guide them. The students and people’s lives he touched were very important to them as they continued to stay in contact with him 20 and 30 years later.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Sept. 19, at Abilene Country Club, 1705 Country Club Lane, Abilene. The service will be outside to accommodate for social distancing. The family asks that attendees bring lawn chairs. There will be lunch served at Old Abilene Town to honor Bus and visit with family and friends following the service.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Solomon State Bank for a scholarship in Harry’s honor, sent in care of Solomon State Bank, 501 N. Cedar, Abilene, KS 67410.

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