John Strobel, born July 2nd, 1936 to Virgil Earl and Willetta Theodore Strobel in Dodge City, Kansas passed away November 21 at the age of 87. He grew up in Great Bend, Kansas where he met the love of his life Connie Pryor, in 1953. They were married in 1958 and lived a fulfilling 65 years together. John earned his doctoral degree in Musical Arts from the University of Michigan in 1968 while teaching music at Southern Colorado State College (now Colorado State University - Pueblo). He earned the title of Professor Emeritus in 1993 after a successful career.
While excelling as a professor, he was involved in several community and church based organizations. He was a member of the Pueblo College/Community Orchestra as well as the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra throughout the 1960s. He was also the Conductor of El Mariachi de Pueblo from 1975-1984. John served as a member of the City of Pueblo Sister City Commission, helping to build strong ties with our sister city Puebla, Mexico. John and Connie were members of St. Patrick Parish where John was a member of the Parish Council as well as Knights of Columbus. They then became devoted members of St. Mary Catholic Church. John was a dedicated Ham radio operator on the SATERN and ALPAC , at one point serving as the net control for SATERN. He enjoyed his daily check-ins and made many long distance
friends from all around the country. John will be greatly missed by his wife, children, and dear friends.
A visitation for John will be held Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 9:00 AM at St. Mary Catholic Church, 217 Mesa Avenue, Pueblo, Colorado 81006. A rosary will occur 9:30 AM with funeral mass at 10:00 AM.
Private Burial At Great Bend Cemetery in Great Bend, KS at a later date.