The Summit senior living complex in Bettendorf will hold its first art gala next week in honor of a former resident.

John Stratton, 95, died on July 24, 2023, and his children Helen Moorhead, Marge Stratton, and Jay (Penny) Stratton have decided to have a gala at their father’s home, The Summit, 4699 53rd Ave., Bettendorf.

John X. Stratton, who lived at The Summit in Bettendorf, died at 95 on July 24, 2023.

Artwork by John, other residents, team members and families will be sold at the fundraiser Tuesday, Aug. 29th from 3 to 5 p.m. All proceeds will support an annual John Stratton Arts Scholarship in the amount of $1,000, to be awarded by the Figge Art Museum to a student pursuing art education.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., John Stratton and his family moved to the Quad Cities in 1958. He purchased Koopman Florist and in 1967, he merged his business and became a partner in Kimberly Barn. In 1970, he began his real estate career with Ruhl and Ruhl and later had his own firm, Stratton Real Estate. John was a lifelong member of the Fraternal Lodge 221, Scottish Rite, Kaaba Shrine, and the Mohassen Grotto.

The family of Stratton are starting a new art scholarship in his name.

He was a past member of the Davenport Rotary Club, served on several Davenport Chamber of Commerce committees, and the Davenport Country Club, and he was a volunteer with the Quad Cities SCORE Chapter 432.

John was a regional artist who painted in oil, acrylic, watercolor and more, and his son, Jay Stratton, is a noted Quad Cities woodsmith.