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Robert "Bob" Lee Stratton
September 27, 1940 ~ December 23, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Robert “Bob” Lee Stratton of Deer Park, Texas, went to be with the Lord on December 23, 2023, surrounded by family. He was 83 years old. He had been in declining health for the months preceding his death.
Bob was born in Sedalia, Missouri on September 27, 1940. He graduated from Smith-Cotton High School in 1958. After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force and completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Bob was an Airman First Class and an MP. He was stationed at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming, overseeing strategic missile sites, and he received an honorable discharge in 1963. After returning to Sedalia, MO., he worked at Boeing Company over missile sites in the Midwest area. He also worked as security at the Occidental Chemical plant for many years.
Bob married Norma Jean Betson in Kimball, Nebraska, in 1965, and they welcomed two sons, Christopher Allen and James Tracey Stratton. He enjoyed coaching and serving on the Board of Directors for Deer Park Little League throughout their childhood.
He will be remembered as a man of integrity who loved his family and God. He was a loyal friend, a devoted Christian, and a light to his family. He served as a Deacon at his church and was known always to keep a handful of candies in his pockets. His lighthearted joy will certainly be missed.
Bob loved baseball, fishing, and being a family archivist. He enjoyed making scrapbooks and family trees and helping to archive his relatives’ accomplishments. He also enjoyed hosting family holiday parties, spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and attending baseball and basketball games.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean; son, James “Jim” and wife, Nikki; Daughter-in-Law Victoria Stratton; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins in Missouri.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Dorothy Stratton; brothers, Danny and Don; and son, Christopher Stratton. He expressed great joy in being reunited with these loved ones.
A Memorial Service will held on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at First Baptist Church (438 E 8th St, Deer Park, TX 77536). A visitation will begin at 9 am, followed by a service at 10 am. A graveside service will be planned for a later date at Houston Memorial Park, where he will be buried with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Generation One in his name. Your donation would mean a lot to the family and continue supporting a cause that Chris Stratton proudly championed.
To support Generation One, please click here.
The family extends a heartfelt thank you to Houston Hospice, especially Nurse Diane and the staff who shared their love during the holiday season.