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Bernis Loren 'Barney' Stroup

Funeral for retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bernis Loren "Barney" Stroup, 84, Lawton, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, in Becker-Rabon Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial with full military honors will follow in Post Cemetery, Fort Sill.

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Bernis Loren "Barney" Stroup died Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Crown Point, Ind.

He was born June 20, 1933, in Council Hill, Okla. He grew up in Council Hill and at the age of 14 moved to New Mexico. He married Anna Pechtl on Jan. 4, 1956, in Germany.

Barney entered the U.S. Army and was a veteran of Vietnam. He retired at Fort Sill on May 21, 1979, after more than 26 years of service. His awards include the Purple Heart, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Aircraft Crewman Badge, Army Commendation Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster and "V" Device, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm, National Defense Service Medal, Four Overseas Service Bars, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal with Second Oak Leaf Cluster with "V" Device, Vietnam Service Medal with Six Service Stars, Korean Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal Eighth Award, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal with Seventh Oak Leaf Cluster, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), the Legion of Merit and the Korean Defense Medal.

Following his retirement, he worked at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for 12 years. He served as one of the first volunteers with the Lawton Police Department Sentinel Program and volunteered for 17 years. He was an avid golfer.

He is survived by his wife, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law: Diana and Justin Baker, Lawton, and Benita and Greg Gomolka, Valparaiso, Ind.; four grandchildren and their spouses: Tara and Jason Simon, Justina and Will Jackson, Tim and Holly Baker, and Loren Scott and Monica Martinez; and great-grandchildren: Kannon, Ethne and Pumpkin Martinez.

He was preceded in death by his parents: John Sheridan and Maude Ann Stroup; his brother, Joe; his sister, Betty; and two great-grandchildren: Persophone and Hope-Anna Elizabeth.

The family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at

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