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George Duncan Strom
August 23, 1940 ~ September 14, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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George Duncan Strom, 83, was born August 23, 1940 at Elyria Memorial Hospital to Egan and Blanche Duncan Strom. He was a 1958 graduate of Elyria High School and a resident of Elyria his entire life only moving to Knoxville, TN this May to be near family. But his heart was in Elyria, and he continued to be one of Elyria’s best and most vocal cheerleaders.
George’s inquiring mind and warm heart led him through a lifetime of good friendships and accomplishments. He could be described as many things—a loving husband, historian, antique collector, teacher, developer and salesman. One of George’s favorite phrases was, “Have I got a deal for you!” And he always did—whether it was a great story or an intriguing history lesson or something special for sale.
George was president of the Lorain County Historical Society (LCHS) for over fifteen years and a member of the Board of Directors from 1963 to 1991. Otto Schoepfle, long-time editor of the Chronicle Telegram, said that George shepherded the Lorain County Historical Society from infancy through its adolescent years and into adulthood. In addition, George’s love of antiques, history, and cars came together in his work with antique car clubs. George was president of Elyria’s antique car club for a number of years and served one year as president of the Ohio Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America.
In the business world, George combined his love of history and antiques when he established Lamplight, Inc. in 1981. Operations began by fully restoring and updating truck loads of antique municipal lighting and installing them all over northern Ohio. Under his leadership, the growing company placed beautiful period architectural streetlamps for municipalities from California to Cleveland and on many college campuses including Baldwin Wallace and Ohio State. Lamplight, LLC is still operating today.
George was a life-long member of the United Presbyterian Church in Elyria where he was baptized and made his profession of faith in Christ our Savior. George greatly enjoyed singing in the choir there for many years. George was also a 55-year member of Elyria Masonic Lodge #787, Marshall Chapter 47 of the Masonic Order and Valley of Cleveland Scottish Rite.
George leaves Marjorie, his wife of 63 years; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews who are scattered throughout the United States.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, John R. Strom and Robert C. Strom.
A special thanks goes out to his nephew, Mark Strom, who worked diligently to tie up all the loose ends in preparation for selling George and Marjorie’s home on Washington Avenue in Elyria and George’s great-niece Mary Strom Holley, who orchestrated their move to Tennessee and has been by their side during the transition.
Friends will be received Monday, October 2, 2023 from 11:00 am until the time of a 1:00 pm funeral service at Dicken Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 323 Middle Avenue, Elyria. Reverend Rick Stein and Reverend Malcolm Peel will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Lorain County Historical Society, 284 Washington Avenue, Elyria, OH 44035 online at https://lchs.org
In memory of George, The Hickories will be open Monday, October 2, 2023 from noon to 5:00 pm.