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Frank Richey Stradling

Posted 2010-05-12 by Sharla
The White Mountain Independent,
Show Low, Arizona - 01/07/2005

Frank Richey Stradling departed from this earthly life Jan. 3, 2005.

Frank was born Nov. 30, 1922 in St. Johns. He was a successful rancher and an outstanding cowman his entire life.

As a very young man, he worked for Henry Platt on one of the largest cattle ranches in Arizona where he learned cowboy skills such as working cattle, calving, bronc riding, roping, branding, fixing fences, round ups, and very long trail drives. He put these skills to use for the rest of his life. At age 22, he began working for his father, Roy, on the Chillcott ranch. After his father's death, Frank took over management responsibilities of the ranch.

For the next forty years, he ran a profitable ranching operation for and enjoyed a long and deep friendship with the Chilcott family. His job took him throughout the western states, managing ranches not only in Arizona, but also in the John Day Valley of Oregon, California, Idaho and Missouri. While managing the Chillcott ranch, Frank also developed and paid for his own ranching operations in Apache County, Arizona, Oregon and Missouri.

In 1947, Frank married the love of his life of 56 years, Floy (Sis) Leverton. together they had seven children: Kathleen Hansen, Kareen (Keith) Butler, both of Mesa, Frank (Joan) Stradling, Jr. of Provo, Utah, John Stradling of Show Low, Joe (Bonnie) Stradling of St. Johns, Floyd Stradling (deceased), and Liz (Charlie) Sherwood of Shawnee, Kansas. Along with his children, 30 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren survive Frank.

Frank was a man of high integrity, honesty and fairness. His word was his bond. To know him was to love him. Never meeting a person he didn't like, Frank was loved and respected by all who knew him, and will be missed by all. He made everyday brighter for us all.

A viewing will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Jewkes Mortuary in St. Johns. The family will be receiving people from 10-11 a.m. at the St. Johns Stake Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. also at the Stake Center.


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