Dodge City – Ken William Strobel, 78, died January 13, 2018 in Dodge City. He was born on September 11, 1939 at Trinity Hospital in Dodge City, the son of William H. and Marie D. (Phillips) Strobel.
Ken was seven years old when the family moved to Great Bend. He married Carol Kaiser of Great Bend on August 29, 1959.
After graduating from Great Bend High School in 1958, he attended Southwestern College in Winfield for three years and then Wichita State University for one year where he earned a degree in 1962. In 1965, he graduated from Washburn Law School in Topeka, and was part of the first class to receive a Juris Doctorate degree. Following law school, he joined Williams, Larson and Voss Law Firm in Dodge City where he practiced law for forty-three years. At the age of 68, he assumed the dual role of city manager/legal counsel of the City of Dodge City.
Ken was active in the Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce, serving as president and vice-president and many years as one of the board of directors. He was a member and chairman of Ford County/Dodge City Development Corporation Board of Directors. Ken played a pivotal role in bringing essential air service to southwest Kansas. Other organizations where he held leadership positions include the Trinity Association; Dodge City Public Library Board; the Red Cross Board and American Heart Association; Boot Hill Board of Directors; Dodge City Athletics; Kansas West Conference Health Ministry Board; the Mental Health Association; state and local legal groups; and the Kansas State School Board Association and was a founding member of Dodge City’s Optimist Club. He was an active member of the Dodge City First United Methodist Church and Keystone Sunday School Class.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Carol; four sons, T. Craig Strobel and wife Ann and daughters, Roseanne and husband Leon, and their daughter Raelynn, Jenna and Kaylee of New Port Richey, Florida; Christopher S. Strobel and wife Janelle and sons, Tasker and Spencer of Avon, Indiana; Wm. Connan Strobel and wife Robin and daughters Jaden and husband Justin, Taryn, Brooklyn, and son Daxton of Andover; Geo. Corbin Strobel and wife Emily and daughters, Peyton and Maggie of Hutchinson, Kansas; and one daughter, Kendall C. Hackerott and her husband Kevin and their daughters, Kennedy, Kade and Karsyn of Wichita. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Cortes Phillips and Mr. and Mrs. John Strobel.
Funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Dodge City on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:00 AM with Rev. Jerre Nolte presiding. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Dodge City. Visitation will be at Swaim Funeral Chapel in Dodge City on Friday January 19, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Memorials are suggested to the Keystone Sunday School Class of the United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at www.swaimfuneralhome.com.
The family will be present from 5-7 PM during visitation on Friday, January 19.