Vern D. Stratman
Vern Donald Stratman, age 84 of Bloomington, IL, passed away on Monday, November 27th after a four-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Vern was born December 9, 1932 in Dodgeville, WI the son of Donald and Clara (Dammen) Stratman. He was a graduate of Dodgeville High School. Vern married Bernice Swiggum on April 2, 1952 in Mt. Horeb, WI. Bernice passed away in June 2013. Not a day went by that Vern did not express how much he missed his wife of 61 years. Also preceding him in death were his parents; and infant daughter, Diane Marie.
Vern was a Navy veteran serving during the Korean War. He was stationed in San Diego, Japan, Hawaii, and Guam. Vern started working at a very young age; farm hand, working in the Stratman lead mines, driving a milk truck, a beer truck; all of which provided him numerous entertaining stories. As an adult, Vern progressed in his career as a machinist in the aircraft industry to the position of Regional Sales Manager for Standard Gage Company and ultimately to owning, along with his wife Bernice, his own company, Stratco, Inc – Precision Measurement Specialists in Seneca, South Carolina.
Vern enjoyed fishing, boating and piloting his Cessna 172 Skyhawk airplane. He enjoyed taking people on their first airplane ride. Vern’s true passion was fixing things; he was truly a mechanical genius. He could take apart anything, fix it, put it back together, and it would work.
Surviving are children, Steven (Sherrie) Stratman of Seneca, SC; Ellen (John) Stacker of Bloomington, IL; Susan Stratman of Normal, IL; sister, Marie Mlodzik, sister-in-law, Shirley Thomas of Shafer, MN; seven grandchildren, Shawna (Chris) Wood, Shane (Melinda) Stratman, Scot (Amanda) Stratman, Christopher (Shuqing) Stacker, Rebecca Stacker, Sara Stacker; David Rothell and seven great grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 12:00 to 1:00 Sunday, December 3, 2017 with a funeral following at 1:00 at Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home in Dodgeville, WI with Pastor Jim Droste officiating. Burial will follow at East Side Cemetery in Dodgeville. Memorials may be made to Community Cancer Center, Normal, IL.
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