Kenneth G. Morton

August 21, 1941 ‒ June 24, 2008

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Kenneth G. Morton, age 66, of Mount Gilead, died late Tuesday evening, June 24, 2008, at his residence surrounded by his family following an extended illness.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 21, 1941, the son of the late Kenneth D. and Ozella (Haley) Morton.

While in Chicago, Ken met the love of his life, Nancy Ann Strong, while participating in a church softball game. On August 28, 1965, they married at that same church where they were both members, Gresham United Methodist Church. Shortly after their wedding, Ken graduated with a BS degree from Purdue University.

In 1972, Ken and his family moved to Delaware, Ohio, for his position as a Regional Sales Manager for a national paint company. Ken opened his own business, Morton & Morton Inc., in 1976. This quickly became a family affair, as his wife Nancy cared for all of the bookkeeping, his parents helped with the start up, and his children would later carry on the family business when he became physically unable due to his health. A successful entrepreneur, Ken had many innovative ideas that benefited his industry and customers. Ken was a charter member of the Unfinished Furniture Association.

Ken was a “people-person”. Ken loved to entertain, whether he was at his home, on his boat, or at the fair grounds after his furniture shows. Ken enjoyed cooking, folk music and a good game of pinochle. Ken enjoyed boating and fishing with family and friends on Lake Erie where he kept a boat for many years.

Ken was a devoted husband and father. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Nancy; his son, Kenneth “Dan” Morton of Mount Gilead; his daughter, Melinda “Mindy” Morton of Delaware; two grandchildren: Aaron Daniel Morton-Wilson and Joel Matthew Morton-Wilson, both of Delaware; his brother-in-law, Ray (Marina) Strong and their children: Yuri, Veronica and Elizabeth Strong all of Pleasanton, California.

His life will be celebrated on Saturday, July 12th beginning at 11 a.m. at the Richland Road Church of Christ in Marion. Following the memorial service there will be a fellowship meal.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South Street, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338, Triumph Nurse Education Fund, 335 Glessner Avenue, 5th Floor, Mansfield, Ohio 44903 or to the American Diabetes Association.

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