Richard Thomas Stratton

Richard Thomas Stratton - age 90, of Fenton, died Sunday, May 30, 2021.  Per his family's request cremation has taken place and a service will be held at a later date at St. Jude Episcopal Church, 106 E. Elizabeth St, Fenton.  Those desiring may make contributions to St. Jude Episcopal Church or the American Heart Association. Richard was born January 20, 1931 in Flint, the son of Richard C. and Bessie (Wills) Stratton.  He was a graduate of Flint Central High School and attended GMI.  He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp.  He married Joanne Baker September 22, 1956 in Flint and she preceded him in death May 9, 2013.  Richard had resided in Fenton since 1957 coming from Flint.  He retired from GM Fisher Body Grand Blanc after 40 plus years of service.  He was a very active member of St. Jude Episcopal Church in Fenton, where he had served on the Vestry and was a member of the Parish Pairs group. He had a great talent and passion for woodworking and also enjoyed building and flying R/C model sailplanes and was a member of the Greater Detroit R/C Soaring and Hiking Soc.  He enjoyed family gatherings and would always bring homemade special desserts. Surviving are his daughter, Lynn (John) Toth of Fenton; grandchildren, John R. (Jessica) Toth of CA, David Toth of IL, Melissa (Bryan) Burt of Howell, and Jennifer (Tim) Pavkovich of Shelby Township; great-grandchildren, Henry, Grayson, Scarlett, Cooper, and Hudson; sister-in-law, Frances Bray of SC; brother-in-law, Charles (Bonnie) Baker of SC; special friend and companion, Martha Applebee; and several nieces; nephews; and cousins. He was also preceded in death by his parents and son, Mitchell Stratton.  Tributes may be shared at

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