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John and Susan Stroup

John and Susan Stroup

John and Susan met while serving in the United States Air Force in Texas, and they were married in July 1998.  They purchased their first home, in Fairborn, Ohio, while stationed at Wright-Patterson, and they both attended college classes while on active duty.

Upon discharge from the Air Force John studied at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in 2002.  That year John joined the Belton Funeral Home team and served his apprenticeship to become a licensed funeral director, embalmer and licensed insurance agent.

Susan served over eight years on active duty and was honorably discharged from the Air Force as a Staff Sergeant.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Park University.  

John and Susan purchased Belton-Stroup Funeral Home in July 2005.  They are first generation owners who chose the funeral profession because of a sincere desire to serve the people in their community.  Susan became a licensed funeral director in 2014 and enjoys meeting families and also works many hours behind the scenes at Belton-Stroup Funeral Home.  More importantly Susan is an asset in answering the phones and greeting visitors to the home, and she is very adept in quietly recognizing family members' special needs.  

John is happy to be a business owner in a town where he has served as president and is currently a board member of the Fairborn Area Chamber of Commerce.  He also serves on the City of Fairborn Police Advisory Council and is a member of Masonic Lodge #421 in Yellow Springs.

John and Susan believe their years of service in the United States Air Force afford them with a special awareness of the needs of military personnel and the importance of details.  They intend to make Fairborn their lifelong home where their number one goal is to have a family-owned funeral home to provide dignified, personal service to anyone they have the privilege to serve.


Erika Knox

Erika Knox

Funeral Director

Erika L. (Warsitz) Knox joined our family of caring professionals in November of 2020.  She lived in many different states while her dad served in the U.S. Air Force and her family resided in Beavercreek when he retired from Wright-Patterson AFB at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.  Erika is a graduate of Beavercreek High School, Sinclair Community College, and earned her bachelor’s degree from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 2019.

 

During her schooling and apprenticeship, Erika was employed at both a corporately owned funeral home as well as a locally owned funeral home in the Dayton area and decided the personal touch of a family-owned funeral home was well suited for her.  Erika completed her apprenticeship with Belton-Stroup Funeral Home and accepted a position as a licensed funeral director and embalmer in February of 2021.  Her other training included being certified as a crematory operator and as a life celebrant. 

 

Erika and her husband, Cory, who is also a funeral director at family-owned, Littleton and Rue Funeral Home in Springfield were married in 2019 and they enjoy bicycling and seeking out vintage treasures.  Erika felt called to a service profession at a young age and enjoys serving bereaved families with professionalism and kindness.  


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