Obituary of Gordon Stratton
Gordon H. Stratton, 94, passed away on January 15, 2018 at Fred & Harriett Taylor Health Center, Bath, NY. He was predeceased in death by his loving wife Pauline (Bates) Stratton and his sons: Gerald F. and Rickie D. Stratton. He is survived by his sister, Verda Davis; his daughters: Sharon L. Stratton, Vickie L. Stratton, and Diane M. Stratton Smith (John Shoemaker); granddaughters: Amy Jones, Jessica (Rick) Daugherty, Ashley Stratton and Autumn Smith; 14 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and brothers and sisters-in-law.
Gordon was born on his grandparents' farm near Avoca, NY on Tuesday, April 24, 1923, the oldest son of John Stratton and Ruth (Potter) Stratton. His father died when he was ten years old. Gordon delivered milk and newspapers and worked on farms to help support his family during the Depression. After his mother re-married Chester McArdle, Gordon left home. He traveled around the US working for Barnum & Bailey Circus and selling encyclopedias and magazine subscriptions, and later worked for Greyhound Bus Company. In 1943 he returned home to Bath and enlisted in the Army Air Corps. His unit was part of the 5th Army Air Corp which island-hopped across the Pacific all the way to Japan.
After WWII he worked as an orderly at the Bath VA facility and a short order cook at the Chat-A-Wyle restaurant. He spent his nights doing daring stunts and tricks at the Rollerskating Rink where he met the love of his life, Pauline. They were married on Valentine's Day, 1947, and started a family soon after. The GI Bill enabled him to enroll in the International Plumbing School in Kansas City and start his career in plumbing and heating. He became Vice President at Arthur Shriner Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Corning, NY and eventually obtained his Master Plumber certification and started his own business, Stratton Plumbing & Heating, in the late 1960's.
Gordon's recreational activities centered around his extended family and hunting and fishing. He had a keen interest in antiques, especially Edison cylinder phonographs and mechanical machines like music boxes. He never passed by a flea market, garage sale, antique show or pile of "free" stuff along the road without stopping to check it out. He often visited the Salvation Army store. His other interests included the Civil War, Native Americans and western art and history. After retirement he became an active member of the Elmira Stamp Club. Gordon had a lot of stories and he continued entertaining everyone with them and his great sense of humor right up to his death. He will be missed by many.
His family would like to thank the compassionate staff at Fred & Harriett Taylor Health Center who took good care of him during the last four months of his life.
Gordon's family will receive relatives and friends at Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 W. Pulteney St., Corning, NY on Thursday, January 18, 2018 for calling hours from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Phillips Funeral Home. Following the service, interment with full military honors will be at Nondaga Cemetery, Bath, NY. A luncheon will follow the interment.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Corning Public Library, 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza, #101, Corning, NY 14830, Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org or to your favorite charity.