Ohio Deaths, 1908-1944 and 1958-2002 Record
Name: Ronald R Stratton
Age at Death: 83
Date of Death: 11 Apr 1986
City of Death: Lakewood
County of Death: Cuyahoga
Date of Birth: Est. 1903
State of Birth: Ohio
Country of Birth: United States
Marital Status: Married
Social Security Number:
Industry: Motor vehicle dealers
Occupation: Managers, marketing, advertising, and public relations
City of Residence: Cleveland
County of Residence: Cuyahoga
State of Residence: Ohio
Country of Residence: United States
Census Tract: 1011
Autopsy: Yes, used for certification
Submitted by Marianna Kerns Morgan 12/6/2014. Thank you!
Ronald R. Stratton, 83 years, of Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of Hillsboro, Ohio, died Friday, April 11, 1986, at the Lakewood Hospital, Lakewood, Ohio.
Mr. Stratton was born in Hillsboro, Ohio, and was the son of the late Albert N. and Blanche Irene Stratton of that city.
He was educated in the Hillsboro schools and attended Penn College in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 1919, he was in the U.S. Merchant Marines for approximately one year. From 1919 to 1923, he was employed at the Hillsboro Auto, Company, Hillsboro, Ohio.
In 1922, Mr. Stratton married Hazel Duncan, also of Hillsboro, which resulted in a marriage of more than 54 years up to the time of her death in December 10, 1976.
In 1977, he married Mrs. Josephine Gustin of Cleveland, widow of the late Max D. Gustin, both of whom were also of Hillsboro.
In 1925, he became employed by the Ford Motor Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a General Traveling Representative covering parts of six states. Approximately
two years later he was promoted to an executive position with the company and for the next 15 years he represented the firm in many cities, including Cincinnati,
Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Charlotte, N. C., Buffalo and Green Island, N.Y. and New York City, N.Y.
From 1942 to 1945, during World War II, Mr. Stratton was District Manager of War Production Board and also Smaller War Plants Corporation for all of Northern Ohio,
with headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio; his responsibilities including coordinating production control and production direction of more than 4,500 manufacturing plants
producing War Production materials.
After World War II, Mr. Stratton originated, organized and was President and General Manager of two corporations in Cleveland on a simultaneous basis, namely
Stratton Motors, Inc., a large Lincoln-Mercury dealership and Stratton Equipment Co., who designed, engineered, manufactured, sold and shipped Hydraulic Load
Lifting and Material Handling Equipment throughout the world for a period of more than 20 years.
While in Cleveland he was extensively active in many Civic programs and organizations, including The United Way, YMCA, and Kiwanis activities. He was a member
of Kiwanis for more than 25 years, was a member of the Legion of Honor of Kiwanis International, was past president of the Kiwanis Club of East Cleveland, Ohio.
He was also active on programs at many Kiwanis International Conversions.
During his business activities in Cleveland, Ohio, he served for five years on the Board of Directors of The Cleveland Better Business Bureau.
Mr. Stratton was a member of United Air Lines Million Miles Club and also a member of the clubs of the other major air lines in the U.S.A.
In 1965, Mr. Stratton sold all of his business interests in Cleveland and planned retirement. Shortly thereafter, at the request of the officers of The Pettibone Corporation,
Chicago, Illinois, he became associated with that firm as Division Manager of their Steel Mill Machinery operations on a world wide basis.
In 1970, he decided to definitely retire and moved to Charlotte, N. C., but soon thereafter he joined the U.S. Small Business Administration in Charlotte as a Business
Consultant in their SCORE division. His duties there were only part time, but he was active with the organization at the time of his death.
Mr. Stratton was a member for more than 60 years of all the bodies of York Rite Masonry. He was also a member of the Ancient and Mystic Shrine.
Survivors include wife, Mrs. Josephine Stratton; two sons, John R. Stratton of Dallas, Texas and James E. Stratton of Charlotte, N.C.; two grandsons, William and Andy
Stratton of Charlotte. Four granddaughters, Sarah of Dallas, Texas, Mrs. Kimberly Stratton Richter of Westlake, Ohio, Mrs. Leslie Poole of Chicago, Illinois, and Mrs.
Robin Englehart of Croston, Maryland. Also five great-granddaughters. Two sisters, Mrs. Lucille Tipps of Williamsburg, Ohio and Mrs. Mildred Penn of Hillsboro, Ohio.
Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Doctor George Holcombe at the Hope Miller Funeral Home in Hillsboro, Ohio, Wednesday, April 16, 1986, at 11 A.M.
Mr. Stratton has been a member of the United Methodist Church in Hillsboro since 1914.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2:30 to 9 P.M. at the Hope Miller Funeral Home. Masonic services will be held at 8:00 P.M. by the Highland Lodge No. 38 F.&A.M.
Furnished by Marianna Kerns Morgan 6/14/2015
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