A funeral Mass will be celebrated for John Thomas Stratford, 85, of Roswell, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at Assumption Catholic Church at 12:10 p.m., with Father Bill McCann of ficiating. John passed away Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. John was born to Alfred Stratford and Julia Walsh Stratford on March 14, 1925, in Highland Park, Ill. He married his wife of 65 years, Ellis, on Dec. 15, 1945, in Highland Park, Ill. He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, and the Roswell community for the past 25 years.
He enjoyed golf, sports, bridge, the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Cubs and crossword puzzles. He was a member of the VFW and United Transportation Union. He worked as a railroad conductor for 39 years with the Chicago North Western Railroad Co. Those left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 65 years, Ellis B. Stratford, of Roswell; two daughters, Julia Dugan of Palm Desert, Calif., and Mary Stratford, of Puerto Rico; two sons, John T. Stratford Jr., of Wheeling, Ill., and Richard Stratford, of Vista, Calif.; a sister, Sheila Carrigan, of Mobile, Ala.; and a brother-in-law, Wilson â€œRichâ€ Richardson of Belen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Stratford and Julia Stratford Oâ€™Grady; and his stepfather, John Oâ€™Grady.
Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with family in the online register book at andersonbethany. com. Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.