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Delbert Archie Stratton

Published on -6/19/2008, 12:51 PM

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Delbert "Curley" Archie Stratton, 92, Russell, died Wednesday, June 18, 2008, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 12, 1916, in Thourp to Frank W. and Cora Elizabeth Burnett Stratton. He was a 1934 graduate of Washington High School.

He married Velma Grace Rowland in 1940 in Phillipsburg. She preceded him in death Oct. 29, 1994. He managed the auto body department of Druby Chevrolet and later opened Stratton Body Shop in 1962. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II.

He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars where he served on honor guard, both of Russell, and Russell American Legion. He was a member of Hays Black Powder Club and co-founder in 1964 of Russell Black Powder Club, serving as president in 1965. He was a member of Hays Motor Cycle Club in the 1950s through the 1970s.

Survivors include a son, Brent Stratton, Hot Springs, Ark.; two daughters, Diane Wamhoff and husband, Harold, Hot Springs, and Mary Jane Wallace, Rhododendron, Ore.; two sister-in-laws; five grandchildren, Michael Todd Wamhoff, Stacia Ann Traylor, Ann Nicole Wallace, Courtney Jane Wallace and Kaci Canada; seven great-grandchildren, Shane and Shawn Wamhoff, Carson and Cooper Taylor, Jimmy, Mason and Sylas Canada; numerous nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ralph, Verlin and Dean; and sister-in-law, Thelma.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church, Russell; cremation is planned.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials are suggested to American Heart Association in care of Russell Funeral Home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.russellfuneral home.net.

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