Richard Frederick Morton, Sr., 76, of Mingo, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at the VA Medical Center in Des Moines. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 at Coburn Funeral Home in Colfax. Burial will follow at Greencastle Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directedto the family and condolences may be left for the family at coburnfuneralhomes.com.
The son of Ellis and Geneva (Miller) Morton, Richard was born Feb. 15, 1941, in rural Russell. Richard served in the United States Navy. On Feb. 8, 1965, he was united in marriage to Nelda Cherry in Des Moines. He worked as a machinist at Maytag for 25 years before retiring in 2001. He was a member of the Crow Tribe of the Improved Order of Redman, the American Legion and the Gold Wing Road Riders Association. Richard loved fishing and woodworking.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Nelda; children, Jack (Becky) Morton, Greg (Heather) Morton, Christopher (Stacey) Morton, Richard Morton, Jr. and Dawn (Jeff) Gladson; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Patricia Kintz; and a brother, Bill Morton. Preceding Richard in death were his parents; brothers, James, Joseph and Robert; a sister, Catharine Henderson; and two great-grandsons, Peyton and Liam Sparks.