Donald Atwood Stratton, 89, of The Dalles, Ore., died March 4, 2013, while at home, surrounded by family.
He was born April 16, 1923, in Chinook, Mont., the youngest of eight children to James and Minnie Geery Stratton.
In 1936, he moved with his family to Martin City, Mont. In 1942, he joined the army and spent much of his time of service in England attached to the 8th Air Force.
He married Clara Rodgers Feb. 1, 1947, in Hungry Horse, Mont. He spent the early years of their marriage working construction on the Hungry Horse Dam and at Anaconda Aluminum Company of Columbia Falls. In 1958 they moved their family to The Dalles for a job at Harvey Aluminum, where he spent the next 26 years as a maintenance supervisor.
He married Rita Walston Nov. 13, 1987.
He is survived by his wife, Rita Stratton, The Dalles; his sons, Frank and Ruthie Stratton, Maple Valley, Wash.; and Rob and Debbie Stratton, Covington, Wash.; his daughters, Bonnie and Sonny Hill and Penny Lepinski, Covington; his stepsons Ed Walston, Mosier, Ore.; and Mike Walston and his companion Dana Dethman, Hood River, Ore.; his stepdaughters, Cindy and Cliff Baker, The Dalles; and Debbie Stratton, Covington; his friend and son-in-law, Paul and Linda Lepinski, The Dalles; 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and his “furry girls,” Suzy and Bridgette.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers and sisters, Clarence, Dee, William, Mary, Eugene, Ellwood and Orminta, and his wife, Clara, in 1984.
A graveside service for family and friends is planned Friday, March 8, at Odd Fellows Cemetery at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Celilo Cancer Center and Heart of Hospice. Spencer, Libby and Powell is in charge of arrangements.
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