LTC Terry J. Strong



Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Terry John Strong, 85, died at home August 4, 2018. Born December 25, 1932, in Astoria, Oregon, to the late Harold W. Strong and the late Harriet Johnson Strong, he is survived by his wife, Elaine Cobiella Strong, his sister, Corlene Strong McFaden, and his children Mary Elizabeth Taylor (Ray), David K. Strong (Julie). Katherine A. Lundeen (Ed) and Mark A. Strong (Nanelle). His surviving step-children are Laura J. Kniffin (Larry) and David V. Schreibman. LTC(R) Strong is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

LTC(R) Strong graduated from Rosedale High School in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1951. He attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, graduating in 1956 from the College of Architecture.

Throughout his architectural career, LTC(R) Strong focused on writing specifications for the construction of industrial buildings including schools, hospitals, and hotels. He was founder and president of Specifications, Inc. in Colorado Springs until his retirement in 2002. LTC(R) Strong founded the Pikes Peak Branch of the Specifications Consultants Institute (CSI), a Washington, D.C. based national organization of more than 8,000 architects, engineers, and other professionals who monitor building construction and materials, and he was elected as its national president in 1981.

LTC(R) Strong proudly served his country as an officer in the US Army Reserve for more than 20 years. He re-established and commanded the 3d Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment at Ft Carson, CO, in 1975, and retired in 1992.

LTC(R) Strong was devoted to the Boy Scouts of America, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and induction into the Order of the Arrow scouting honor society. He spent summers working as a wrangler at the Philmont Scout Ranch in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico.

LTC(R) Strong was an active member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, where he especially enjoyed the choir in which he sang bass. Music was an important part of his life, throughout which he loved performing with numerous musical groups including light opera.

A celebration of LTC(R) Strong’s life will by held at Pawley’s Island Presbyterian Church on Saturday October 20, 2018 at 2:00PM

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Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services (843.651.1440) of Murrells Inlet is assisting the family.