Stratton, Chester David “Sonny” (1950-2011)

Chester “Sonny” Stratton, 60, of Grygla, MN died on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla, MN with Rev. Mary Gilthvedt officiating. Burial will follow at Saint Olaf Cemetery in Grygla, MN.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN, and also for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Chester David Stratton, Jr. was born on the family farm in Benville Township, Beltrami County, MN on October 14, 1950 the son of Chester Jesse, Sr. and Ovedia Mavien (Anderson) Stratton. He was baptized into the Lutheran faith on the family farm and confirmed later in his life. Sonny attended elementary school in Grygla, MN and high school in Goodridge, MN.

Sonny worked for Alfred Melke during junior high as a farm hand; logging camps with his dad; Herb Holthusen in construction for approximately 26 years; and Triple D Construction for approximately 12 years.

Sonny was united in marriage to Kathryn Loken on October 26, 1968 in Roseau, MN and to this union six children were born, Gary, Angie, Traci, Brandi, Keri and Jesse.

Sonny was very mechanical; he enjoyed restoring vehicles and working in his garage. He also enjoyed hunting, dancing, music, mowing grass, gardening, spending time with family and friends, driving his Ranger around the country to view the animals.

Sonny was united in marriage to Cherie (Boutain) Cullen on May 11, 2002, in Grygla, MN and Cherie brought her two children, Chevy and Delray to this union.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Grygla, MN.

Survivors include wife, Cherie Stratton of Grygla, MN; sons, Gary (Tiffany) Stratton of Grand Rapids, MN, Jesse (Ashley) Stratton of Grygla, MN; daughters, Angie (Bruce) Kiesow of Goodridge, MN, Traci (Dave) Kloety of Warren, MN, Brandi (Jim) Verbout of Grygla, MN, Keri (Trevor) Kiesow of Goodridge, MN; step-sons, Chevy Cullen of Grylga, MN and Delray Cullen of Goodridge, MN; grandchildren, Savanna Stratton, Cody and Emma Reibel, Rachael, Sarah and Abby Kiesow, Jordan, Austin and Haley Kloety, Shantel, Peyton and Tucker Verbout, Jaden and Levi Kiesow, Rease, Rylie and Everett Stratton; Cayden Cullen; mother, Ovedia Stratton of Grygla, MN; sisters, Pauline (Wally) Sistad of Grygla, MN, Vivian Sunsdahl of Embarrass, MN and Jane Hoy of Wannaska, MN; and many other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Iver Carl and Inga Pauline (Sletton) Anderson; paternal grandparents, Jesse Stratton, and Nelly (McCoy) Stratton; father, Chester Jesse Stratton, Sr.; infant sister, Betty Rose; brothers-in-law, Floyd Sunsdahl and Leo Hoy; and granddaughter, Clara Abigail Stratton.

From Johnson Funeral Service

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky