DIRECT CREMATION SERVICES WERE CHOSEN.
MEMORIALS MAY BE MADE TO SCANDIA METHODIST CHURCH, OCCK, OR REPUBLIC COUNTY HOSPITAL IN C/O THE FUNERAL HOME.
Phyllis D. Strnad, 80, was born February 13, 1937, in Clay Center Kansas to Paul Fahrbach and Elsie (Winters) Fahrbach. She died March 18, 2017, at Republic County Hospital following a brief illness. She grew up in Belleville, moving to Scandia in 1984. Phyllis graduated from Belleville High School and the University of Kansas. In 1959 she married Lee Bowen and 3 children were born, Diana, Lois, and Eric. Phyllis worked for Alsop Sand Company as an office manager for many years. She founded the Republic County Association for Retarded Citizens, bringing much needed services to the disabled in the area. On August 22, 1984, Phyllis married Shirley Strnad. She helped raise his two youngest children, Leann and Stacy. They built a successful farm business and enjoyed traveling together. As she learned the business of farming, Phyllis became the first female certified farmer in the state of Kansas. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church, and loved her home church in Scandia She was also an active member of O. E. S. Ophal Chapter 115, Belleville. Phyllis especially enjoyed watching college basketball and rooting for her beloved Jayhawks. She was predeceased by her parents, daughter Diana, grandson Alex, and husband Shirley. Left to mourn her include her sister Ann Branden, children Lois (Jack) Reichert, Eric (Stephne) Bowen, Jeff (Tracy) Strnad, Chandra (John) Stuchlik, Kristine (Alan) Younger, Elizabeth (Jeff) Lahodny, Leann Strnad, and Stacy (David) Davis. Surviving grandchildren include Kyleigh Bowen, Ben Reichert, Xavier Bowen, Seth Strnad, Tim Baker, Ben Baker, Nicholas Younger, Emily Younger, Bailey Roberts, Brianna, Addison, Justina Davis, and Westin Davis. Phyllis had 2 great grand children, Cohen and Elsie Howell.