Alfred "Al" Stratton
Alfred "Al" Stratton
Alfred "Al" Stratton, age 76, of Mitchell, SD passed away Friday, May 9, 2014 with his wife in his arms at Firesteel Healthcare Center. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday, May 16, 2014 at Will Funeral Chapel with burial at Hillcrest Cemetery, Ethan, SD. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Will Funeral Chapel.
Alfred Dean Stratton, son of Marvin and Marion (Livermore) Stratton, was born on March 11, 1938 in Oto, IA. He attended school in Camby, MN and Clear Lake, SD. At the age of 17, Al entered the US Army for two years and then the US Air Force for four years. After his honorable discharge, he made his home in Pierre, SD where his parents were residing. In the early 1960s he moved to Sioux Falls and was a bus driver for Greyhound and Jack Rabbit Bus Lines for 25 years. In 1985 he moved to Huron and was a painter employed by Ronnie Greenfield. Later he became employed at APC Management as a painter for nearly 20 years. While employed at APC he met his future wife, Linda (Norwick) Rehling. Al retired at age 65 and made his home in Mitchell, SD. Due to ill health he became a resident at Firesteel Healthcare Center in 2009. Dr. Martin Christenson and the entire staff at Firesteel were like family to Al.
Al loved fishing and was a great cook. Al and Linda enjoyed taking long rides in the country taking pictures of old barns and windmills. Al was a good, kind man with a heart of gold, to know Al was to love Al.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Linda Stratton, Mitchell, SD; six children, Alan, Green Bay, WI. , Angela, Olathe, KS., Annette (Phil) Huquet, Green Bay WI., Audrey, Hartford, WI., Ann Marie, Stillwater, MN., and Lisa (Don) Wallace, Bloomington, IL.; two step sons, Tom (Keri) Norwick, Ethan, SD, Pat Norwick, Mitchell, SD; two brothers, Marvin "Gene" (Ardis) Stratton, Soldotna, AK, Duane (Bobbi) Stratton, Draper, SD; a sister-in-law, Sandy Stratton, Fergus Falls, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Chuck Stratton.