He was born in Linton on Sept. 19, 1932, the son of Cliff and Olive (Abrams) Strong.
He had a gift of inspirational speaking that made you feel special and anything is possible.
He moved to Bonita Springs, FL in 1983. He owned and operated Strong's NAPA in Linton and Strong's Discount Auto Center in Bonita Springs, FL until he retired. He was an active member of the Royal Order of the Moose.
He is survived by his beloved and devoted wife Elizabeth (Liz) Strong. His children Craig (Debbie) Strong, TN; Lisa Hoover, TN; Jackie Jones, IN; Dianna (Ally) Pittman, IN; Mark (Chrissy) Hutchison, FL; Joe (Angie) Hutchison, MI. His sister Jean Swaby, TN. He also leaves behind 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and numerous family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Carolyn (Hatcher) Strong; daughter Linda Strong; son Terry Strong; grandsons Steve Strong and Patrick Hutchison.
A memorial service will be conducted at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens, 525 111th Ave. N., Naples, FL.