Donald Stratton Strat PEASLEE, 80
Donald Stratton Strat PEASLEE, 80, passed away peacefully at his home in Petoskey on Sept. 17, 1999, in the company of his family: daughter, Jane MACH and her husband, Rick, of Wolverine; grandchildren, Scott SCHWARTZFISHER of Kalamazoo and Kelly SCHWARTZFISHER of Grand Rapids; and sister-in-law, Katherine Kay PEASLEE, of Charlottesville, Va.
Strat was born June 29, 1919, in Oak Park, Ill., where he spent the better part of his childhood with his parents, Alexander Sankey LATTY and Annie Hazel (BROWN) PEASLEE; sister, Margaret Peggy; and young brother, Alexander Sandy.
In the late 1920s, the family moved to Defiance, Ohio, where Strat finished high school. He then joined the Merchant Marine and served proudly during World War II.
After the war ended, he returned to Defiance, where Strat owned and operated a paint store until his retirement in 1977. After that, he moved to the family cottage on the west arm of Walloon Lake, where he had spent his summers growing up.
During his years in Northern Michigan, Strat could be found devoting his time to his church, Kiwanis Club, Harbor Hall, sailing or drinking coffee with his pals and hanging out with his dear friend, Gail SCHASSER.
Those who knew and loved Strat will greatly miss his kindness, courage and willingness to help those less fortunate than himself. He was a shining example of the good that can be found in every one of us.
The family of Strat PEASLEE invites his many friends to join them at Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Petoskey from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, for visitation followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m.
Memorial gifts may be made in Strats memory to the Emmanuel Episcopal Church or Harbor Hall. Envelopes for this may be obtained at the Charles G. Parks Funeral Home in Petoskey, where arrangements were handled.
Transcribed from the "Petoskey News-Review", a newspaper serving the Emmet Co., MI area.