Stratton, Donald, age 89 of Arden Hills, passed away peacefully at home on March 8, 2020. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Nellie Stratton; and 13 siblings. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lois Stratton; children, Debra (Ronny) Suy, Dawn (Bill) Schultz, Dan (Terri) Stratton and Dave (Tina) Stratton; grandchildren, Kelly (Joel), Teri (Kris), Chris (Melissa), Jaysen (Jesse), Joshawa (Sarah), Patrick (Sarah) and Heather (Zach); great grandchildren, Louisette, Gavin, Nolan, Jack, Emma, Mackenzie, Alexis, Elayna, Bentely, Mason, Tessla, Brielle, Brody, Brinley, Alyssa, Henry, Audrey, Ryder and Zayden; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. Donald enjoyed the outdoors and all wildlife. He loved traveling, cards, drawing, trips to the cabin and spending time with his family. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 14 at 11 AM with visitation one hour prior at St Philips Lutheran Church, 6180 Highway 65 NE, Fridley.
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Don loved to buy and sell cars, and after detailing them, would bring them up to Bemidji to sell for some extra cash and pay for the trip north. Some of his most memorable were a 1957 Chevy 2-door, a 1960 Buick Invicta, and my favorite, a 1959 Ford Galaxie 500 2 door hardtop, two tone white and turquoise. After college graduation, he helped me find my first nice car, a 1968 Chevy Caprice 2 door hardtop, which was totally opposite of what Dad thought that I should buy. Our families did many things together when we were younger, especially on holidays, along with camping and fishing at Red Lake, an annual Memorial Day event. Don was not afraid of hard work, and He and I spend many hours mixing cement to build the family swimming pool. Don made a huge impact on my life and left us with many good memories. Wayne Edwards, nephew
I’m so sorry for your loss. I wish I could say a lot about my uncle but I was not able to be around him a lot. My heart goes out to all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May god bless each and ever one of you. Cuz Bonnie (Stratton) Kohner