In Loving Memory …

Donald Ray Stratton

Donald Ray Stratton, 77, of Warsaw, died Monday, February 4, 2019, at Lincoln Community Nursing Home.

He was born November 20, 1941, in Sedalia, son of Conrad M. and Marvalee A. (Bryan) Stratton, and twin brother of Ronald Stratton.

Donald graduated in 1959 from Smith-Cotton High School and then from Central Missouri State University in 1962. Donald then completed two Master’s degrees at the University of Missouri in Guidance and Counseling, Secondary School Administration. He retired from Dresden School where he was Superintendent.  Don was also a cattle and hog farmer alongside his father and brother on the family farm for many years.

He was a member of East Sedalia Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir with his brother when they were young. He enjoyed fishing on Truman Lake, as well as duck, turkey, squirrel and mushroom hunting. He enjoyed reading and was a regular at the Warsaw Public Library. His favorite place to eat was North Town Cafe in Warsaw. He was a very influential man, and was caring and giving to any person he met.

Surviving is his nephew, Ryan Keele (Tona), of Sedalia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Ronald Stratton; and a nephew, Justin Stratton.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 8, at the Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum, with the Rev. Jason Veale officiating.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until service time Friday at the cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Warsaw Public Library or the Sedalia Animal Shelter.


  1. Janet and Bob Tucker

    We are so sorry for your loss
    Jan and Bob Tucker

  2. So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in our thoughts.

  3. A wonderful man! Glad my husband and I had the opportunity to meet both Ron and Don! Brett & Tina Roquet

  4. Charlotte Curry

    Don was a strong leader in education – many children and teachers had the advantage of his leadership and caring spirit. I always enjoyed working with Don and remember when he and Ronnie were into computers when they were in the infant stages. Both of you were so patient to those of us learning how to use the first Apple computers. Will miss your sense of humor!

  5. Sorry for your loss . He was a good person and a good boss.

  6. So sorry for your loss. He was my principal at Dresden from 83-88. I would love to say every encounter I had was good but I was mischievous, but he was a great man. After I joined the Navy I would visit Dresden and he was always so kind and wanted to know everything I was doing. Always cared about us kids.

  7. Laura Hieronymus

    He was a wonderful sweet man! He was the principal at my school ,Hughesville. So sorry for your loss

  8. Keri Vansell Dickman

    He was my grade school principal. Thinking of his family and sending my deepest sympathies.

  9. So sorry to hear. He was our principal from Junior High through graduation. Very knowledgeable and fair man. God bless

  10. Karen Darby Simon

    Mr. Stratton was a strong influence in the lives of countless young people. I had the pleasure of knowing him when he was at Northwest. I’m grateful for his life and sorry for the loss.

  11. Worked with Don for many years at Pettis Co. R-V. A good friend, sorry for your loss.

  12. Donnie and Ronnie were my first cousins . There mother and my father Forrest Bryan were brother and sister. I used to go see them when we were very young they were 20 years older than me. Didn’t keep in contact with them through the years but so sad to hear he passed. Your cousin Kathy Foffel

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