Urban 'Fred' Stratman
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RAPID CITY | Urban "Fred" Stratman passed away at his home in Rapid City on Thursday, November 8, 2012.
Fred was born on April 24, 1921, in Burlington, Iowa, to Fred B. and Elma (Miller) Stratman. Fred joined the U.S. Army and was a proud veteran of World War II serving in India from 1944 to 1946.
Fred worked for NASA as an Aerospace Mechanical Engineer and retired in 1985. During this time he was responsible for inventing the 'Personal Flotation Gear Valve' which is still in use by the Navy today having saved many lives. Fred had many patents which were an integral part of the NASA and military programs.
Fred is survived by his wife, Rosa A. Stratman; and seven children, Thomas N. Stratman, Joan M. Fennelly, Daniel B. Stratman, Robert A. Stratman, James W. Stratman, Anne E. Dunbar, and Mary M. Stratman. Fred is also survived by two brothers, John (Betty) Stratman and Fr. Tom Stratman; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Fred was preceded in death by his first wife, Philonise, son, Kenneth and his brother, Fr. William Stratman.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m to 7 p. m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Osheim & Schmidt Funeral Home.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Big Bend Presbyterian Church, 10944 West Highway 44. Pastor Bob Savot will be officiating. Burial, with military honors rendered by Rushmore VFW Post 1273 and the South Dakota ARNG, will be at Black Hills National Cemetery at 3 p.m.
His online guestbook is available at www.osheimschmidt.com.
Published in Rapid City Journal on November 11, 2012