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Robert Thomas "Tom" Strother

June 20, 1937 - June 30, 2020

Robert Thomas “Tom” Strother, 83, of Hendersonville, NC died after an extended illness early Tuesday morning, June 30, 2020 with his daughter by his side.

Mr. Strother was born in Stamford, CT on Sunday, June 20, 1937 to the late John Alton and Elizabeth (Oakley) Strother.  He graduated in 1958 from Yale University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Physics.  He proudly served his country in the United State Navy as an Ensign where he made a round the world tour, meeting and making friends everywhere he went.  On January 2, 1960 in Branford, CT he married his loving wife of 53 years, the former Joan Mary Reichert who died December 30, 2013.  Mr. Strother was Vice-President with 1st. Union Bank in Trumbull, CT and later became an executive with Wells Fargo Bank before retiring in 2002.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving daughter, Diane S. Carter and her husband, Blake of Horse Shoe, NC and a son, Glen T. Strother and his wife, Sue Lear of Rio Rancho, NM.  In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his beloved sister, Nancy “Nan” Smith.

At the family’s request funeral services to celebrate Mr. Strother’s life will be announced at a later date.

Memorial contributions may offered on behalf of Mr. Strother to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Fl. 17, Chicago, IL, 60601 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around you and whispered. Come to Me.”  With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay.  A golden heart stopped beating hard working hands at rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best. 

Tom will be forever missed by his loving and devoted family and many close friends.  May God Grant Him Eternal Rest.

Arrangements are in the care of Shuler Funeral Home of Hendersonville, NC, (828) 693-5220.  Online condolences may be shared at

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