Richard Stratman

Richard W. Stratman - age 52, of Holly, died suddenly Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at home. Visitation, Tuesday, January 21, 2020  2 - 8 PM, Brown Funeral Home, 1480 Hill Rd., Grand Blanc Township. A celebration of his life Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12 PM, at the funeral home. Short military honors service for those that would like to attend, 2 PM Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Rd., Holly. Gathering of family and friends, 3 PM, VFW Post 3243, 1148 North Leroy St., Fenton. Richard was born November 18, 1967 to Diane (Groeneveld) and DuWayne Stratman. He leaves behind his beloved wife of eight years, Ann (Vingco); son, Jesse (Courtney); daughter, Yona; and mother, Diane. The middle of three, he is survived by his sister, Vickie (Rennie) Sawade and brother, Mark Stratman; nieces and nephews, Allison, Courtney, Mark II, Alaric Sawade, Darien Sawade, Katie; great-nieces and nephews, Raelyn, Cade and Layla; and many extended family and close friends. He was preceded in death by his father, DuWayne. Richard was a hard worker who excelled at several different careers. He graduated from Lake Fenton High School in 1987,  State Technical Institute in 1990 with state certifications for auto mechanic. Late 90`s, he joined the U. S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged due to an injury at boot camp. In 1997 and 1998, he completed Fire Fighter Training and served as an on-call Fenton Township Fire Fighter. He worked as an auto mechanic before joining the U. S. Navy in 2000. He was deployed to the Middle East aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) during Operation Enduring Freedom; aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) during Operation Iraqi Freedom, supporting the VAQ-141 Shadowhawks squadron EA-6B Prowler aircraft. He served until 2005 supporting the Global War on Terrorism then transitioned to the U. S. Army that year. During his 11 years of Army service, he supported the CH-47 Chinook Helicopters in various battalions stationed in Korea, Honduras, Alabama, Korea (2nd tour), and Hawaii as well as deployed to Afghanistan. He retired as a Staff Sergeant in 2016. Richard and Ann met during his second deployment to Korea and were married in Honolulu in 2011. They resided in Honolulu,HI until moving to Holly. They enjoyed traveling, working on their house and farm, raising their daughter Yona along with several dozen Red Jungle Fowl. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Disabled American Veterans or The Gary Sinise Foundation in Richard's memory.

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