Harold S. Stratton, 89, of Ellwood City died February 23, 2014 at his home following a short illness.
Born in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late Richard and Edna Sloan Stratton. He was first married to Catherine Long Stratton who passed away in 1985. He then married Ernestine Wilson Hanna Stratton who survives.
Harold retired from the Ellwood City Forge. He had also worked at US Steel and Haines Petroleum. He was affiliated with and a former deacon at the Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church. A WWII veteran of the US Army, Harold received a purple heart for wounds received while serving in the European Theatre. In 2011 Harold and his brother Royal were given Congressional Commendations for their service. Harold enjoyed golfing and bowling. He was known as a man that could fix anything.
In addition to his wife, Ernestine, survivors include two daughters, Elaine (David) Johnson of Binghamton, NY, Debbie (Ronald) Brown of Pleasant Hills, PA; three step daughters, Karen (Charles) Hanna Woods of Harrison City, PA, Amy (Richard) Hanna Wolfe of Fombell, Debbie (Kreig) Hanna Rugh of Carlisle, PA; a step son, Timothy (Tiffany) Hanna of Green Bay, WI; two sisters, Ruth Steckman of Ellwood City, Ada Hinkle of Portersville; twelve grandchildren, Christopher and Matthew (Chelsie) Johnson, Elizabeth and Michael Brown, Matthew and Ryan Woods, Brendan and Lindsey Wolfe, Clayton and Eve Hanna, Erin and Ethan Rugh; and two great grandchildren , Lukas Brown and Hailey Johnson.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Royal, Leighton, and Richard Stratton, and a sister, Mary Katherine Gossett.
Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday February 26 from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral services at 1 p.m. at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City conducted by his pastor Rev Dr. Daniel Stinson.
Interment will follow in the Wurtemburg Cemetery. Military Rites will be observed by the Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial Contributions may be made to donor’s favorite charity.
Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com
Our thoughts and prayers are with you on the loss of your Father.
Jim and Emmy
To The Harold Steckman family,
I am truly sadened to learn of Harolds passing. I was informed that his health was in a serious state.
Sorry that I cannot attend his services as I am still in Arizona for the winter season. He will be remembered in prayers. Sincerely Joan
Dear Elaine and Debbie,
My sisters and I want to express our sincere sympathy to you and your families. Our thoughts go back to when we were children and your family would come to visit. How much fun our parents had when they got together! It was laughing from the time you arrived until you went home. We are so lucky to have those wonderful memories. How much we all miss our parents.
May God comfort you through this time. Our love and prayers to you all!! Judy
Debbie and Elaine,
I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. Uncle Harold was one of the best and I loved him dearly.
Love and prayers to all.
If there are genealogists in the family, I am the great grandson of Richard Stratton’s brother Robert. My connection is to the Strattons in Meyersdale. (Permission granted to share my email address.)