CASPER — Gerald Leroy Morton, 93, of Casper, Wyoming passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions. He was a resident of Shepherd of the Valley Healthcare Community for eight months prior to that.
Gerald was born on October 11, 1925 in Palco, Kansas, the son of Roy and Eva (Goodwin) Morton. Eva did not survive the birth, so Gerald spent much of his youth living on his paternal grandparents’ farm, just outside of Palco.
Gerald graduated from Palco High School in May 1943 and enlisted in the Navy. As an Aviation Radioman he flew anti-submarine missions off the east coast of the United States. Gerald completed a total of three years active and 21 years naval reserve service. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer.
In October 1945, while stationed in Maine, Gerald and Isla Joy were married and relocated to Palco, Kansas to begin raising a family.
Gerald moved the family to Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1956.
In 1963, Gerald began a career as a Federal Civil Servant, eventually retiring from the Federal Government in Casper.
Gerald was a member of Masonic Lodge, Pathfinder #42, and the Korein Shrine T-Patrol.
He enjoyed the outdoors and hunted and fished in Wyoming for many years.
Gerald was preceded in death by his wife, Isla (Joy) Morton; mother, Eva (Goodwin) Morton; his father, Roy Morton; his sister ,Virginia (Morton) Baker; his sister, Patricia (Morton) Tremblay; a brother, Don Morton; and a daughter, Sheila (Morton) Gafford; and daughter-in-law, Norma (Brown) Morton.
Survivors include sons, Garry and Tony Morton; and daughter, Joy (Bradley) Grapes; son-in-law, Tommy Gafford; sister-in-law, Dolores Morton; eight grandchildren: including, Tammy Gafford, Michele (Gregory) Gautreau, Brian (Karen) Gafford, Belinda (Allen) Brown, Laura (Jay Earley) Morton, Timothy (Shelley) Morton, Elizabeth (Abe) Correa, and Toby (Jackie) Grapes; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, and their families.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Casper Shrine Club Travel Fund.
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, June 10, 2019 from 11:00 am until the beginning of the Funeral Service starting at 1:00 pm at Newcomer Casper Chapel. Military Honors with interment will follow the service at Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery.
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