GILLESPIE — Irving T. Stratton, 56, was pronounced dead on arrival at 5 p.m. Saturday [March 4, 1978] at Staunton Community Memorial Hospital after an auto accident on Rte. 4.
Born in Carlinville, he was a communications specialist with Illinois Bell Telephone Co.
Surviving are his wife, the former Betty Bechdoldt; three sons, John with the Army in Germany, and Robert and Thomas, both of Gillespie; a daughter, Terri Turner of Eldred; four grandchildren; and a sister, Ella Stratton of Wood River.
Visitation will be after 5 p.m. today at Union Funeral Home where services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Glenn Creek officiating.
Burial will be in Gillespie City Cemetery.