STRATTON, Gerald Robert (82) of Gilbert AZ returned to his Heavenly Father on Sunday, June 3, 2012. Gerald was born August 25, 1929 in Jackson, Michigan; he is survived by his 6 children; Douglas R. (Laurie D.), Sandra M. (Keith) Crandall, Cheryl L.(Mel) Jorgensen , Diane M. (Alan) Schultz, Dave A. (Kat) Stratton, Robert L. Stratton, 24 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, a sister in law Donna Niewiadomski, a dear cousin Joan Waugh and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Stratton was a member of the Bella Vista Ward, Higley Stake of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. Gerald lived an active life playing sports, 9 years as a member of the National Guard, 7 years. as a stake missionary, 10 years as an ordinance worker in the Mesa Arizona Temple. He loved serving others and his career as an electrician. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Gerald was preceded in death by his wife Janice Marie Oberly Stratton, his parents Claire D. And Lily Rigby Stratton, sister Verna M. (Ed) Frey, brother George A. Stratton, a grandson Nathan R. Schultz, and a great-granddaughter Baby Jackson. A viewing will held Thursday June 7, 2012 from 6:00-8:00p.m. at Bunker’s University Chapel 3529 E. University Drive in Mesa. Funeral services will be held Friday June 8, 2012, 9:00 a.m. at the Bella Vista Ward Chapel, 1865 S. Higley Rd. Gilbert AZ. Interment will be at Evergreen Eastlawn Cemetery at 3:00p.m. in Tucson AZ. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the LDS Missionary Fund, Bella Vista Ward, Bishop Mathew Guthrie, 1865 S. Higley, Gilbert, AZ 85296 or alpha1foundation.org