|Charles (Chuck) Lee Morton, beloved father and devoted husband, passed away suddenly, April 12, 2011. Born on January 21, 1934 in Cushing, OK to J.V. and Haley Morton, Chuck was raised by his mom and stepfather Bill Woods. Chuck had one sister, Susie, and five brothers Donald, Dan, Joe, John, James and Denny. He was preceded in death by his brother Dan. Chuck enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed at Lowry AFB in Denver when he met and fell in love with Catherine Rose Fertitta. They were married on December 2, 1955. His 22 year Air Force career had him stationed throughout the US and Germany until he retired to Colorado Springs in 1975. Through the Air Force, the Morton family made many friends who they loved and enjoyed greatly. After retiring from the Air Force as a Master Sergeant, Chuck put his many skills to use starting his civilian career designing and maintaining manufacturing facilities and processes at companies such as Inmos Corporation, Sharp Microelectronics and Simtek. Upon entering his second retirement, he returned to Colorado and continued to receive calls for new projects. He turned these down to spend more time with his wife, children and growing brood of grandchildren (8) and great-grandchildren (3). The last fifteen years of his life were filled with snowbirding in his RV with his wife, Cathy, making new friends from around the world among the snowbird set. Chuck could make friends at the drop of a hat and was quick to start a long conversation with any stranger he met. As Cathy's health began to fail, he gave his full attention to her care showing the full measure of his love for her through to the end of her life. Her death in September, 2010, was a great sadness, but he showed all of his kids and grandkids what devoted love looked like. He continued giving to his family and sharing his many talents through to the end of his life, which ended sadly and suddenly April 12, 2011. He is survived by his kids, Charles, James, Barbara and Christopher. A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. at the Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd, with interment to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in Charles' memory to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.
Published in The Gazette on April 17, 2011