Richard H. Stromatt was born in Quincy, Calif. in December of 1941. He died on March 9, 2017 in Greeneville, Tenn. after a long illness.
He is survived by his wife, Janice Stromatt of Greeneville, Tenn.; his step-son, Kurt (Christina) Wells of Severence, Colo. and a step-daughter Deana (Mark) Morell of Mobile, Ala. He is also survived by his sister Carolyn (Vic) Trujillo of Hawthorne; a niece, Christine ( Mark) Faulstich of Reno and a niece, Kathy (Paul) Trujillo of Hawthorne. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Chris and Juanita Stromatt. He also has three sons, Kurt, Craig and Stephen.
By the time the family settled in Babbitt, Nev. in 1946 Richard and his parents had lived in eleven different cities including Hawthorne in 1942 when they lived in a trailer court West of Babbitt.
Richard started first grade at the Cotter Annex School in Babbitt and graduated from Mineral County High School with the Class of 1959. He had a dream, he was going to join the Air Force and be a fighter pilot. He did not pass the test because he found out he was color blind. Richard studied for two years at the University of Nevada, Reno.
He lived many different places and when he was in Phoenix, Ariz. he joined the Phoenix Police Department. He became a motorcycle officer, which if you can’t be a fighter pilot was probably the next best thing. He loved it until he was pursuing a car and a lady in the right hand lane made a left hand turn in front of him. He stayed with the Phoenix Police Department for a few more years but because of his injuries he could no longer be a motorcycle officer and it wasn’t fun without the motorcycle.
Richard worked at different times as a long haul trucker, an insurance agent, a farmer and owned and published a newspaper in Pahrump, Nev. He returned to Hawthorne in 2003 with his wife Jan and worked as constable and as a security guard at the base in Hawthorne.
They moved to Tennessee after Richard’s mother died.
Richard always had plans, ideas and something else he wanted to try. Richard was a good and kind man who will be missed by all who knew him, but not forgotten. Inurnment will be at the Hawthorne Cemetery at a later date.