Jill Jess Phythyon
KU News Service

University mourns former employee Kelly Stratton

Wed, 04/17/2013

LAWRENCE – University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and other officials issued the following statements regarding the death of former employee Kelly Stratton:
Gray-Little: “On behalf of the University of Kansas, I offer sincere condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Kelly Stratton. KU has lost a committed employee and Jayhawk fan.”
Jay Phillips, director, Facilities Services: “Kelly Stratton was a dedicated, well-liked and respected employee in Facilities Services. The thoughts and prayers of his co-workers remain with the Stratton family through this most difficult time. Kelly will be greatly missed.”
Diana Robertson, director, Student Housing: “The Strattons have been part of the KU family for a number of years. We are saddened to lose Kelly and extend our deepest sympathy to Lisa and their family.”
Stratton, 51, died at home Sunday, April 14, after a long illness. He joined Student Housing as a custodian in 2009 and became part of Facilities Services in 2012.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa, custodial coordinator for Student Housing at KU; his parents, Jack and Kay Stratton; daughter, Mandi Wilson, Lawrence; sons, Andrew Wilson and Jesse Wilson, both of Lawrence; brother, Don Stratton Sr. (Lisa); and sisters, Pam Snyder (Gary), Auburn, and Susan McDonald (Bill), Vassar.

A visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mount Hope Cemetery Funeral Chapel, 4700 SW 17th St., Topeka. Stratton requested attendees be casually dressed in KU attire.

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