Name:   Dean E. Morton

From:  The Post-Journal, Jamestown, New York
Date:  Sunday, January 23, 2005

ELLICOTTVILLE - Dean E. Morton, 75, of Route 219, Ellicottville, died Friday (Jan. 21, 2005) at Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville. He was born April 18, 1929, in Ellicottville, the son of the late William and Lucy Razey Morton.

He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Infantry in Alaska from 1948 to 1952. He was a graduate of Ellicottville High School and had been employed at Otis Steel in Ellicottville for 16 years and then as a machinist at Winsmith's in Springville for 24 years.

He was a member of the United Church of Ellicottville, American Legion Post 659 in Ellicottville, member and former assistant chief of the Ellicottville Volunteer Fire Department, Great Valley Masonic Lodge 1187 and was also the caretaker for the Sunset Hill Cemetery for many years.

He is survived by his wife, the former Frances Annis, whom he married Nov. 27, 1980, in Ellicottville; two sons: Harold Morton of West Valley and James Morton of Austin, Texas; a daughter, Debra Taft of Stafford, Va.; and three stepdaughters: Francene Loundsbury of Machias, Sandra Andrews of Humphrey and Brenda Dahlke of Naples, Fla.; a brother, James Morton of Great Valley; a sister, Judy Winship of Little Valley; 22 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marry Suddeth Morton; a stepson, Donald Dahlke; and a sister, Daphne Marsh.

Friends may visit from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the O'Rourke Funeral Home, 411 Rock City St., Little Valley. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery, Ellicottville.

Memorials may be made to the United Church of Ellicottville or the Ellicottville Volunteer Fire Department.