Dr. Steven E. Scranton



Dr. Steven E. Scranton, age 65, died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 28, 2018. His passing followed spiraling depression with which he struggled for many years. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Lee Scranton; and his five children and step-children, Abigail E. (Kevin) Abt, Capt. Sarah M. (Capt. David) Gasperson (U.S. Army) and Elliott E. Scranton, all of Atlanta, Georgia; and his two step-sons, Kyle A. Lee of Kalkaska and Brandon S. (Hannah) Lee of Cedar Springs. In addition, Dr. Scranton has three beautiful grandsons, all under one year of age; Edward A. Gasperson, William E. Abt and Bennett S. Lee. Dr. Scranton was preceded in death by his parents, Harold R. Scranton and Rosamond Harmon Scranton. Dr. Scranton attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 1975 with a degree in zoology with high distinction.  He then graduated from Wayne State University in 1979 with an MD and completed a pediatric residency in 1982 at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.  This was followed by a second residency in anesthesiology at Emory University in Atlanta which he completed in 1984 and then continued at Emory for a year as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology. Dr. Scranton returned to Michigan in 1986 and began a 25-year career at Butterworth Hospital and later at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital where he specialized in pediatric anesthesiology. While continuing to work full time, Dr. Scranton pursued an MBA at Michigan State University, graduating in 2009 with honors. Upon retiring from his anesthesia career in 2010, he became board certified in addiction medicine and has spent the last four years specializing in the treatment of opiate addicted patients, which he claimed was the most rewarding job he had ever experienced. Reclaiming lost lives to addiction and making a positive impact upon not only individual patients, but also that of their families, was very gratifying. Before his death, he claimed the happiest years of his life were those spent with his beautiful, loving and devoted wife, Kathy.  A private funeral will be held.  The family would appreciate any donations in memory of Dr. Scranton be sent to Camp Bil-o-Wood at P.O. Box 72, Redding, CT 06876 where a memorial trust will be established in his name.


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