Frank C. Stratton
Frank C. Stratton
TURNERS FALLS, Mass. Frank C. Stratton, 86, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Buckley Healthcare Center in Greenfield.
He was born July 20, 1926, in Northfield, Mass., the son of Clarence and Jenny (Saxton) Stratton.
He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
He was a truck driver for most of his life, retiring from Wheeler Trucking Co. in Rutland, Vt.
He married the former Shirley Olsen, who predeceased him in 2005. They lived in Rutland, Vt., for many years and he moved back to Turners Falls a few years ago.
He was known in the Rutland area as Flip the Clown, appearing at many special occasions.
He raced stock cars and was an avid collector of Hess Toy Trucks and clown memorabilia. He also enjoyed woodworking.
Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Marcy of Turner Falls, Pamela Stratton of Pueblo, Colo., and Tammy Stratton Aliseo of Palenville, N.Y.; three stepdaughters, Shirley LaFountaine of Enfield, Conn., and Rita English and Mary English, both of Rutland, Vt.; and two stepsons, Roger LaFontaine of West Springfield, Mass., and Eric LaFontaine of Rutland, Vt.; 29 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy (Stratton) Williams; a stepdaughter, Brenda Welch; and two stepsons, Edward and Gary LaFontaine.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield, Mass. The Rev. Charles Bordonaro, pastor of the Northfield Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial with full military honors will follow in Farms Cemetery, Northfield.
Calling hours were Monday, April 1, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Franklin Co., 329 Conway St., Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301.
To send condolences or for directions, visit www.kidderfuneralhome.com.