Paul S. Strange, M.D., 78, passed away Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, with his family present.
He was born Oct. 17, 1937, in Loogootee, to Ruth E. Woods Hillis and Ivan T. Strange. He lived most of his life in Indianapolis and graduated from Thomas Carr Howe High School in 1955. He attended Purdue University and subsequently joined the Indiana Air National Guard where he completed the pilot training program and graduated as a 2nd lieutenant. He married Judy Brown in 1959. He resumed his education at Purdue and graduated with honors in 1964. He earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1968 and did a surgery residency at Methodist Hospital. In 1973 he relieved a missionary doctor in Zaire for a month, then began his surgical practice. He was on staff at St. Francis as well as Community South. He served as chief of the medical staff at St. Francis and eventually retired in 2002. After his retirement, he served on the board of directors for St. Francis and continued as a consultant until his death.
Paul was a member of the AMA and American College of Surgeons. He was instrumental in beginning laparoscopic surgery and also taught laser surgery throughout Asia and parts of the U.S.
Paul is survived by his wife of 57 years, Judy (Brown) Strange; daughter, Jennifer Keller (Dave); son, Thomas Strange; grandsons, Alexander and Ian Strange, Andrew, Christopher and Max Keller; and a sister, Patty Zorman.
He was preceded in death by his son, Bill Strange; and brothers, Tom and Richard Strange.
Visitation will be from 2 until 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Washington Park East Community Life Center, 10612 E. Washington St., in Indianapolis.
A memorial service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at Irvington Presbyterian Church, 55 Johnson Ave., in Indianapolis.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the TC Howe HS Alumni Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 19832, Indianapolis, IN 46219; and/or the Franciscan Alliance Foundation, 5255 E. Stop 11 Road, Suite. 245, Indianapolis, IN 46237; and/or the Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 S. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Final care and arrangements are entrusted to Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel, shirleybrothers.com.