March 29, 2007

(4/23/1941 3/17/2007)

Fred Orton, 65, of Memphis died Saturday, March 17, 2007 at his home in Memphis, MO.

He was born the son of Gene and Maxine Orton on April 23, 1941 in Kirksville.

Fred married the former Mary Ransford. She survives.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, of the home; sons, Keith and wife Michelle Orton of Las Vegas, NV, and Jeff Orton of Memphis; a brother, Bill Orton of Luray; a sister, Alberta Taylor of Burlington, IA; grandchildren, Cole and wife Sommer Orton, stationed at Eielson AFB, North Pole, AK, Christopher Bumgardner, Andrew Orton and Sarah Orton of Las Vegas, Taylor, Zack, Preston, Kaitlin, Hannah, and Jordan Orton of Memphis; a great-grandchild, Mya Gayle Orton of North Pole; special nieces, Bobbi Jo Anderson and Billi Jo Childress of the Downing area; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many good friends. Thanks to Ruthie Sears for being there.

A memorial service was held March 21, at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Dan Hite, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Memphis, officiating. Carolyn Ellison, vocalist, and Angela Westhoff, pianist, performed a special musical selection. Inurnment will be at a later date.

Memorials have been suggested to the family and may be left at or mailed to: Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main, Memphis, MO 63555.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service from its Memphis chapel.

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