SHELBYVILLE, IL. — William A. "Bill" Stratton
MATTOON, IL – William A. “Bill” Stratton, age 91 of Mattoon and formerly of Charleston passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in Mattoon.
Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Adams Funeral Chapel in Charleston. The Funeral Service honoring and celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the funeral chapel with Pastor Tom Skinner officiating. Burial will follow in Mound Cemetery in Charleston. It is requested that thoughtful donations in his honor be made to the First Christian Church in Mattoon or to the Charleston Carnegie Public Library. Gifts may be left on the memorial table at the visitation or service or mailed to Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Dr., Charleston, IL 61920.
Bill was born on January 14, 1923 in Charleston to the late Marvin Lillard and Clemma Jane (Endsley) Stratton. He married Joyce M. Lee on April 15, 1944 and was anticipating the approaching 70th wedding anniversary celebration with the love of his life. In addition to his wife Joyce, he is survived by their three children, Sharon Love and husband David of Petersburg, Illinois, Gail Hildebrand and husband Tom of Charleston, Gary Stratton and wife Debbie of Dahlgren, Illinois; 9 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant sister.
Bill was a graduate of Charleston High School and Sparks Business College in Shelbyville, Illinois. For many years he and Joyce lived west of Charleston where for a time they operated a Christmas Tree Farm and raised thousands of chickens. Bill also owned and operated the Purina Feed Store located on Jackson Street east of the Charleston Square, was an employee of Young Radiator in Mattoon, and for more than 20 years was Treasurer of the Production Credit Association in Charleston.
Bill’s memorial website and complete obituary is available at www.adamsfuneralchapel.com where condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on obituaries.