George T. Stroup

George T. Stroup

Wednesday, June 30th, 1943 Sunday, December 27th, 2020

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Obituary for George T. Stroup Jr.

George T. Stroup, Jr., 77, of Denver, PA, died Sunday, December 27, 2020 at Chandler Regional Hospital, Chandler, AZ.
Born in Altoona, PA, he was a son of the late George T. and Helen Frances (Hill) Stroup. He was married 55 years on December 18 to Dorothy L. (Bayer) Stroup.
George was a 1961 graduate of the Hollidaysburg High School, a 1967 graduate of Lock Haven University where he earned his B.S. in education, and a 1974 graduate of Temple University where he earned his master’s degree in education. He taught and coached at Garden Spot High School in New Holland, PA for 38 years, retiring in 2003. He coached basketball, football, tennis, softball, and was a PIAA Track official. His favorite was high school boys’ and girls’ basketball. His two favorite achievements were bringing the Cocalico girls’ team to state finals and then guiding the Garden Spot boys to state finals for three consecutive years from 1999 – 2001 including the “Blonde Bombers” squad. George eventually was inducted into the Garden Spot Athletic Hall of Fame.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he served as chairman of the cemetery committee, communion assistant, greeter, and usher. He also was a member of the Ephrata Masonic Lodge #665 F&AM, the Eastern Lancaster County Education Association, the NEA and PSEA as a life member, 40 years with the TPA, and served as usher at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center. He enjoyed woodworking and was an avid life master bridge player.
He served his country in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman 3rd class at the Philadelphia Naval Base.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, G. Trent, III, married to Tina (Goldy) Stroup of Baltimore, MD, and Derek L., married to Wendy (Swanson) Stroup of Chandler, AZ; five grandchildren, Adelyn, Oliver, Vivianna, Sadie Jane, and Deacon Stroup; and a sister, Judith A. Johns of Hilton Head, SC.
A memorial service will be held in the Summer of 2021 in Pennsylvania, information can be found at In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the CCHS Foundation ( or Stroup Kids for Kids Foundation ( To send the family online condolences visit us at Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.

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Tina stroup

Dear PopPop, Rest In Peace. We are happy you are in a better place now. Dear Nana, we love you and pray for strength and peace for you. Love, Addie, Vivi and Ollie
Comment | Posted at 10:33pm via Condolence

Rick Stockton

To Dodie, Trent and Derek and your whole family,
I am so saddened by Coach's passing. I think about Coach and those basketball days often. The Spring of 1969 when we won the Jr. High championship, 13-1, was a great season. I still have that trophy. If you remember Coach Stroup was my basketball coach from 8th grade through 12th. He was very passionate, hard working and enthusiastic. He influenced in a positive way many students on and off the court. I wish I would have stayed in touch. Coach was a big part of my school years. I will always remember him.
Comment | Posted at 04:48pm via Condolence

Carol Kelsall

Dodie and family,
My condolences to you. George was a larger-than-life person. What impressed me most about George was ability to connect with all types of students. He will be missed.
Carol Kelsall
Comment | Posted at 08:21am via Condolence

Lyndon Engle

Dodie and family, so sorry to hear about the passing of George. I viewed him as a mentor and friend, and value the opportunity to learn from him as a young teacher and coach. Prayers to your family, thinking of you in these tough times.
Sincerely, Lyndon & Suzann Engle
Comment | Posted at 10:27am via Condolence

Nancy Wenger

To Judy Stroup Johns:
Dear Judy,
This is Nancy Good Wenger from Akron PA. acknowledging the sad death of your brother. A long time ago I read a article in our local paper about his successful coaching career at a nearby school district. It was amazing to know a fellow Hollidaysburg native so close to me, so I wrote him a note which may never have gotten to him. I sent it to his high school, since I didn't now his home address. He looks like I remember your dad, and after reading his obituary, he certainly lived a very distinguished life.
I hope you have been able to stay safe and virus free during this Pandemic.
Comment | Posted at 04:15pm via Condolence

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