Missionary to Africa, pastor, husband, father, linguist, educator, grandfather, son, great-grandfather, adventurer, a man of unfailing affection, self-sacrifice and kindness, Bronnie Ellis Stroud passed peacefully surrounded by his children November 8, 2017 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Born to Bronnie Hicks and Sara Christina (Ellis) Stroud of Indianapolis, Indiana, Bronnie is survived by his four children Judith, John, Joy and Jim, 22 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. After a marriage of 71 years he was preceded in death by his wife Annabelle Francis (Dorman) Stroud.
Twice he crossed the Atlantic on a ship with his family — for the adventure. He hiked and biked along dusty paths to rural villages in northern Ghana, where he developed an orthography and syntax for a previously unwritten language, translated the gospel of Mark and founded more than 25 now thriving churches. Later he led the Southern Ghana Bible Institute where he trained ministers and continued to found local parishes. He held numerous church leadership positions in Ghana and Wisconsin, and pastored Assemblies of God congregations in Park Forest, Illinois and Appleton, Oshkosh, Rice Lake, Tomah, Clintonville, Waupaca and Ladysmith, Wisconsin.
Bronnie Stroud graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1940 and holds a degree from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.
There will be a visitation for Bronnie on Friday (TODAY) November 10, 2017 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at St. Matthew Orthodox Church, 607 Ravenswood Drive in Green Bay. Visitation will continue on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 9:00AM to 10:00AM at the church. Funeral Service will be at church on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 10:00AM with Fr. Eugene Wozniak officiating. There will be a luncheon at the church to follow the service. Burial will be on Saturday at 2:00PM at Spencer Lake Memorial Park in Waupaca. For more information and to express condolences, please visit www.wichmannfuneralhomes.com.
A man of quick step and ready humor, the light in Bronnie’s blue eyes continues to brighten our hearts. Memory Eternal!
The family thanks Heartwood Homes Senior Living and their staff for their loving care to Bronnie, and to Heartland Hospice for their attentiveness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Heartwood Homes Senior Living, 1413 North Mason Street, Appleton, WI 54914.