H.D. “Joe” Stratton, 82, of Irving, Texas, died Sept. 17, 2013.
Joe was born in Newton on Feb. 26, 1931, to Howard Everett Stratton and Eleanor Jean Davis. Joe joined the Navy in 1951, and was honorably discharged as an SKII in1954. He co-owned a men’s clothing store with his parents in Newton and in 1971, opened Four Banger, a store for boys and young men. He then worked as a salesman for Harvey-Daco for 25 years until his retirement in 1996, becoming a Promotional Products Association Hall of Famer and a certified Bob Ross instructor.
Joe is preceded death by his parents and wife, Carol Lee Fry Stratton. He is survived by daughter Jolie and spouse Dru Milligan of Irving, Texas; and son Dave and wife Kimberly of Bastrop, Texas.
An inurnment service with military honors will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23 at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery with a memorial service immediately following at 4 p.m. at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church at 3650 North O’Connor in Irving, Texas, with the Reverends Diane Baldwin, Eleanor Cherryholmes and Ron Somers-Clark officiating. Family requests memorial donations be made to PPAI Education Foundation at www.ppai.org or 3125 Skyway Circle North, Irving, Texas 75038-3526.