Donald V. Morton

Posted June 19, 2013 at 7:58 am

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Feb. 12, 1921 – June 11, 2013

Donald V. Morton, age 92, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids. Funeral services were held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids, with Pastor Phil Jorgensen and Pastor Lynn L’Abbe officiating. Visitation was 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 14 at the church. Burial with Military Honors was held at Cedar Memorial Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.

Donald Vaughn Morton was born Feb. 12, 1921 in Plankinton, S.D., the son of Charles Milan Morton and Lena Ethel Vaughn Morton. He graduated from Hopkinton High School, Hopkinton, Iowa and attended Lenox College in Hopkinton, and Coe College in Cedar Rapids. He served in the U.S. Navy, stationed in the Philippines and the South Pacific, during World War II. Donald married Ruth Lange on May 23, 1948 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Monticello, Iowa. The couple had just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Donald worked for Quaker Oats, drove taxi for several years, and then worked at Allis-Chalmers for 15 years. Most recently he was employed as an industrial specialist with the Defense Contract Administrative Office from 1968 – 1994, retiring from there.

Donald was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he was a past Sunday school superintendent, church treasurer, past church council president, an elder, and also sang in the choir. He was a Boy Scout leader for Troop #39, and was a recipient of the Lamb Award, and was a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. Donald was a member of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; two sons, Douglas (Nancy) of Brookings, S.D., and Thomas (Pat) of Centennial, Colo.; a daughter Julieanne Gentz (Brian) of Ottumwa, 12 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Charles, a sister, Mary Ethel Burrack, and a granddaughter, Rachel Denny.

Memorials may be contributed to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or Boy Scout Camp Waubeek. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be extended to the family at