Nick Stroup

 Nick Stroup, 73, Silver Lake Ks, passed away July 16th at Midland Hospice House. Nick was born in Hutchinson Ks. on June 5th 1946. He is survived by his wife ,Diana and daughter Holly, his Step mom, Ruby Stroup, sisters Joy and  Chris and brother Mike. step daughters ,grandchildren ,nieces nephews and many, many friends. 

Nick was born and raised in Hutchinson, Ks .He is predeceased by his  mother and father Evelyn and Clair Stroup Jr.

 Nick was a Medic Corpsman for the Navy and served during the Viet Nam era. While stationed in Cuba  he received a gunshot  wound to his chest and was honorably discharged from service.

 Nick attended Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science Majoring in Governmental Administration and Criminal Justice. He was also a graduate of Northwestern University -Accident Investigation and Reconstruction Schools.

 Nicks background was in law enforcement.  He started his career in Hutchinson Ks from 1971 to 1974. In 1974 he became a member of the Topeka Police Department. From 1974 to 1981 he was assigned to patrol, traffic and detective investigation. He also served as Training Officer for Traffic and Patrol which time he was the Assistant District Divisions.Liaison/Administrative Assistant to Traffic Division Commander (1981 to1984).Nick was a motorcycle patrolman and an accident  on the way to a call left him with permanent injuries. He elected to take a medical retirement form the PD.

Nick also owned  Stroup Retail Liquor Store,  was a courier for Silver Lake Bank and a funeral escort for First Call.  

  Nick and Diana owned two hot air balloons over a 25 year period. They enjoyed the friendships that developed from thosemany years. Nick was the President of the Great Plains Balloon Club and the Rally Co-coordinator for the Huff n’ Puff too many times to count.

 Nick did not want a funeral, he wanted a celebration of life. His instructions to me were, “Take the money you would have spent on a funeral and have a party for everyone.” I am going to have it at Post 400 where he was a past Commander. His celebration of life will be August 16th starting at 6PM with a gun salute and flag presentation, followed by food and drink and memories to share. He was quite a man ,so I know there will be some great ones.   Am Legion Post 400  3029 US 24.

If you want , you can make a memorial contribution in Nicks name to The Helping Hands Humane Shelter, or to any charity you hold close.

Thank you for your prayers

Keep your eyes to the skies

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  1. My condolences to the family. I never meet Nick but heard some stories and talked to some classmates of his when I was working at Hutchinson Police Dept. if possible could you send me a photo of him in his uniform back then so I can post it. thanks Retired Det. Sgt. James Rayburn

  2. Nick was one of a kind…kind of like God broke the mold when he made Nick. Mike and I enjoyed years of crewing for Nick and Diana and learned our hot air ballon skills from both of them. Whether traveling with them to out of town/state rallies or crewing close to home, it was always an adventure, including the time that Cheryl Hayes and I couldn’t find Nick at the arranged meeting place and just knew he was in a hospital somewhere! We even called Diana, back home in Silver Lake, to track him down. Eventually we did and he was fine, but I think he got a kick out of us worrying about him. That story continued to be told for a long time. Nick fought hard and loved life. We will miss him.

  3. Diana my heart goes out to you and the family at this time. I knew Nick while I worked at Davidson’s Funeral Home and of course beings that I work for Heavenly Pet Memorials. I know he had a strong love for cats and course the Hot Air Balloons. I can’t make it to the celebration, but I”m sure
    there will be many stories and laughter.

  4. Nick was such a great guy! He was on of my first instructors when I started crew training when I turned 50. So patient but liked things a certain way but he also made it fun to do! Following year my Granddaughter joined me @ age of at 6 She tagged along for many years really enjoying the sport! We have the memories and lots of pixs. He fought many battles and rallied on til he could no longer. My heart goes out to family and friends. He will be missed. Maybe his hot air will help the Angels float higher(only kidding)? Lea Morgan

  5. I will miss Nick. We have been friends for many years, as he was a police officer, and I was a deputy sheriff. I enjoyed the many visits we had during the years, Nick had a great sense of humor. We talked about hot air balloons as they fascinated me. I never could bring myself to go up, as I have a fear of heights. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. We have lost a great guy.

  6. Thoughts and prayers for everyone as it was a blessing to know him and interact with him on ballooning activities.

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