Thank you for considering donating to cancer research in honor of Thomas Stratton. He passed away at his home in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on March 2, 2012, after battling prostate cancer for several years. He remained positive through his last months, hopeful of finding a cure, and was a source of strength for others in facing his own death.
Tom was a loving husband and companion, proud of his family, and a loyal and generous friend. He was a strong and pragmatic businessman, and an independent thinker who was well read and widely traveled. He stayed current with new computer technologies and kept active online with e-mail, social media, investments, shopping and research until his last days. He enjoyed photography, red wine, American history, and politics. He died with dignity and he will be dearly missed.
Tom was born March 7, 1933 in Charles City, Iowa, to Opal and Laverne Stratton. He graduated from Charles City High School and attended college for a time in Ottawa, Illinois. His early career in engineering with John Deere led him into management and he rose through the ranks with a number of manufacturing firms before moving from Iowa to Pennsylvania in 1974, where he subsequently met and married Sara Peffer of Shippensburg. At his retirement from the Ingersoll Rand Co. he was a V.P. and President of his Division.
His wife Sara preceded him in death. He is survived by three children from his former marriage to Marlyce Forsyth of Charles City, son, Terry Thomas Stratton of Rock Island, Illinois; two daughters, Christa K. Stratton of Broomfield, Colorado and LeAnn L. Dawson of Longmont, Colorado; two step-daughters, Jill Hudock of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania and Susan Kissinger of Etters, Pennsylvania; one brother, David J. Stratton of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, eight grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, a niece and a nephew.
Tom’s family chose to request research support through the Prostate Cancer Foundation so that other men may survive it.