George Glen Strange, son of William Russell
Strange and Sarah Elizabeth Byrd, was born 16 Aug 1899 in Weed, Otero County,
New Mexico and died 20 Sep 1973 in Burbank,
Los Angeles County, California and is buried
in Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles
County, California. He was married three
times to Flora Eola Hooper, Minnie Thompson,
and Otrela Spradling. He married Flora Eola
Hooper, daughter of Charles Hooper and Ruth
Evans, on 29 Apr 1920 in Hastings, Cotton
County, Oklahoma. She was born 12 Sep 1904
in Hastings, Cotton County, Oklahoma and
died 06 Sep 1990 in Duncan, Stephens County,
Oklahoma and is buried in Resthaven Cemetery,
Duncan, Stephens County, Oklahoma. According
to the 1920 Census the Strange and Hooper
Families were next door neighbors. It is
said that he divorced her in 1923. Ke married
a second time around 1930 and divorced in
1932 to Otrela Spradling. . He married a
third time in 1936 at Glendale, Los Angeles
County, California to Minnie Thompson who
he remained with until his death in 1973.
See his grave marker.
George Glenn Strange had many jobs as a rancher,
deputy sheriff, rodeo performer, musician,
song writer and actor. He and his cousin
Harvey Taylor "Curtis" McPeeters joined a western band know as the Arizona Wranglers. They toured the country playing at rodeos
and other functions. The site above shows
John Wayne with George Glenn Strange and
his cousin Harvey Taylor "Curtis"
McPeeters. It is said that George Glenn Stange
voice was dubbed in when John Wayne made
his singing debut. I cant find out where
this story got started.
Eventually, they both became actors. Glenn
got one of his first jobs in a movie with
Hoot Gibson in the 1930's. He formed lasting
friendships with Eddie Dean and Roy Barcroft.
Roy Barcroft was another well known bad guy. Eddie Dean, with whom he collaborated on songs, sang
at his funeral. He was in more than
and TV shows. Every kid in the 1940's
and hated him for trying to kill Gene
Roy Rogers and other good guys in the
that were so popular in those days.
we all knew exactly who the bad guys
but for some reason it took Gene and
the whole movie to figure out what
all trying to tell them by yelling
out Gene". When I was young, my
informed me that she grew up with Glen
and that he was kin to her mothers
This I did not tell my friends. You
did not admit that you knew the bad
Years later when he got the job of
on the TV series "Gunsmoke"
able to tell people that my mother
I have read that he was a cousin of Rex Allen, but cant figure out how. Notes from Bradley
Glen McPeters: My dad Rex Ree McPeters
the singer, Rex Allen, although they
up together in Arizona. I believe Rex
dad married a distant cousin (I'm not
on this one.) I remember going to Uncle
house in North Hollywood with my parents
and Rex Allen, Glenn Strange and Curtis
play & sing for us. It was great.
Curtis had a band way back when. It
"Cactus Mac & the Arizona
They played at rodeos and such. They
became the "Sons of the Pioneers".
Not all were the same members, though.
played for a while with them. Also
Ken Curtis, played with the "Sons".
He was not a relative, though. He lived
here about 30 miles from in Clovis,
He passed away a few years back. They
a statue of him there in Clovis. Boy!,
that guy sing. You would never of thought
it by his voice on "Gunsmoke".
Children of George Glenn Strange and Flora
1 --- Vera Wynema Strange born 13 Feb 1921 in Pecan Grove, Cotton
County, Oklahoma and died 29 September 2005
in Seattle, King County, Washington and is
buried in Resthaven Memorial, Duncan, Stevens
County, Oklahoma. She married Charles D.
Kasher in 1943 in New York City, New York.
He was born in 1910 in New York City, New
York. She married a second time to Maurice
Marcel Lastfogel on 11 Jan 1948. Maurice
Marcel Lastfogel was born 29 Jan 1921 in
New York City, New York. She married a third
time to Leon Swartz on 05 Feb 1964. Leon
Swartz was born in Brooklyn, New York.
2 --- Eva Juanita Strange born 15 Apr
in Hastings, Cotton County, Oklahoma
died 29 Nov 1994 in Oklahoma and is
in Resthaven Cemetery, Duncan, Stephens
Oklahoma. She married Donald Lee Gallaher
on 26 Jan 1947. She married a second
to Edward Maxwell Miller on 05 Feb
Chicago, Illinois. Edward Maxwell Miller
was born 17 Nov 1911.
Children of George Glenn Strange and Otrela
1 --- Buddy Glenn Strange born 1931.
Children of George Glenn Strange and Minnie
1 --- Janine Laraine Strange born 1939 in
Glendale, Los Angeles County, California.
She has supplied information on this family.