CHEROKEE–Funeral services for Robert “Bob” Stratton, 82, of Estherville, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee with Father Armand Bertrand officiating. Interment will be held at the Holy Name Cemetery in Marcus.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, with a scripture service at 7 p.m. immediately followed by a rosary, at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
He died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, at Avera Holy Family Health in Estherville following a brief illness.
Robert was born on Nov. 1, 1925, in Quimby to Treff and Edna (McCannon) Stratton. He was educated in the Silver Township country school in rural Cherokee. On April 3, 1951, he married Doris Meyer in Marcus. She preceded him in death in 1992. Bob farmed all of his life and retired in 1995 and moved to Estherville to be close to his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed woodworking and watching wildlife from his dining room window. Bob also helped with the family catering business the last few years. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Estherville.
Bob is survived by one daughter, Barbara Blaise of Estherville; one grandson, Timothy Blaise of Estherville; one granddaughter, Melanie Metzger and her husband, Howard, and their children Trent and Jacob of Estherville; two brothers, Merlin Stratton of Des Moines and Jim Stratton of Chico, Calif.; and a son-in-law Gary Phillips of Estherville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Doris, a daughter Linda Phillips (2005) and sisters Carole Conley and Wilma Nelson.
Online condolences may be left at www.greenwoodfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Woody’s Charities of Estherville.