John Frederick Stratton, 86, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, and formerly of New York, passed away Friday evening, March 1, 2013, in the comfort of his home with his family by his side.
He was born April 27, 1926, in Newburgh, NY, the son of John Charles and Dorothy (Adams) Stratton. John attended Freeport High School on Long Island in Freeport, NY, and enlisted with the United States Navy in 1943. During WWII, he served on an LST in the Pacific near the close of the war sweeping mines in Hiroshima Bay. After the war, John was transferred to Argentia in Newfoundland, Canada. While on blind date, he met Laura Reeves Collett, who was working on the base in the public works office. John and Laura were united in marriage on April 8, 1947 at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Harbour Buffett, Newfoundland.
Upon the completion of his two tours of Duty in Argentia, John was transferred to the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Pensacola, FL, where he was a member of the military police. John worked at the U.S. Naval Station while in Jacksonville, FL, and as a Navy recruiter during his time in Pittsburgh, PA. He transferred overseas to Naples, Italy, where his responsibilities were with the U. S. Naval Support (Cincsouth) of NATO. John returned to the United States for separation from active duty and transferred to the Naval Reserve, residing in Bay Shore, NY. His 20 years of honorable and faithful service to his country allowed him to earn the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1963, John returned to Freeport, NY, where he worked as a journeyman electrician for Long Island Lighting Company for over 20 years. He and his wife Laura moved to Sturgeon Bay (Door County) in 1985 to be closer to their children and their families.
John was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA). He was handy throughout his life, always working on projects in and out of the garage, tinkering with two wheelers and other activities. John enjoyed watching old-time movies and going to Yankees games while in New York. He still followed the Yankees even during his later years in Wisconsin, and like so many Yankee fans, hoped for a World Series championship every season. Together, John and Laura enjoyed wintering in Florida.
He will be deeply missed by loving wife of nearly 66 years, Laura; two sons, Charles (Pam) Stratton, and Phillip Stratton, all of Sturgeon Bay; two granddaughters, Angela (Mark) Westfall of Green Bay, WI, and Michelle (Jerod) Hoffman of Gresham, WI; five great-grandchildren; Taylor Jo, Mackenzie, Jordan, Brooklyn, and Charles; his sisters and brothers-in-law of Newfoundland and Ontario, Canada; many cousins; nieces; nephews; and other friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, Arthur and Ada Collett; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Kirchartz, Maisie Dicks, and Margaret Pinborn; and brother-in-law, Thomas Collett.
A private family service will be held at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Rev. Tim Malek officiating. Full military honors by VFW Post 3088 and the United States Navy will follow at the funeral home. Burial will be in Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King, WI.
Online condolences and guestbook signing may be offered at http://www.huehnsfuneralhome.com/.