George William Stratton (September 23, 1914 - March 1, 2013)

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George William Stratton, 98, died peacefully in his sleep in Port Angeles on March 1, 2013.

He was born September 23, 1914, in Creede, Colorado, to Clarence Eastman Stratton and Minnie Bell Cumley.

George grew up in Colorado, moving to Seattle in the early 1930s. He graduated from Broadway High School in Seattle and attended Edison Vocational School, training in sheet metal work.

George worked many jobs in his lifetime, including a stint in the Civilian Conservation Corps. During World War II, he worked at Boeing Field as an assistant foreman of the riveting department building B-17s, "The Flying Fortress."

Eventually, he settled in Forks, where he established Quality Shake Company, which tragically burned down in 1970. He continued to cut and saw shake bolts into his 90s.

While working at Boeing, he met and married the love of his life, Clarice Berg, whom he married in 1943. She preceded him in death in 1982.

George loved his family, had a passion for betting on the horses and especially loved his many little dogs that he cherished over the years.

George holds a very special place in each of his grandchildren's hearts. George and Clarice's home was always full of love, fun times and much laughter. The door and their hearts were always open, and for a time, they raised several of their grandsons.

George is survived by his two loving daughters, Eleanor Ulrich and Sandra Putaansuu; his grandchildren, Debra (Daniel) Branigan, Tami (Floyd) Baumunk, Denise Reandeau, Doug (Kathy) Larson, Robin (Jesse) Stern, Patricia (Brian) Reifenstahl, George Penic, Jeff Penic, Tim Penic and Stephanie "Jo" Klahn; nephew Dick (Esther) Mosier; niece Janet (Ralph) Shaw; 23 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Charlie, his last little dog, also survives.

His parents, Clarence and Minnie; his siblings, Ruth, Dorothy and Clarence (Clarice); his special brother-in-law Hartley Berg; a special grandson, Michael Penic; and several nephews preceded George in death.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no services.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Mar. 6, 2013
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