Jim R. Morton Jr.
Jim R. Morton Jr, went to be with the Lord on May 18, 2018. He was born October 3, 1930 on his parent’s farm in rural Custer County, Oklahoma. His parents were Jim R. and Florence (Hudgins) Morton.
After high school Jim worked on the family ranch until he was drafted and served in the Korean War as a Company Clerk along the DMZ. After the war he graduated with a degree in Animal Husbandry from Oklahoma State University in 1960. He married Ardell Peck of Aledo, Oklahoma in 1952. His first job was with Spencer Kellogg, Inc. in Tribune, Kansas and later Kansas City. In 1966 Jim and Ardell moved to Colby, Kansas where they purchased and ran Morton Valley Feedlot, a large farming and ranch operation that included a 3,000 head feedlot. In 2000 they sold the feedlot and moved to Cedar Valley Township outside Guthrie, Oklahoma to be close to family. He very much enjoyed spending his time watching his Grandson compete in rodeos and roping. Jim always had an eye for a good horse.
Jim was a long-time member of the Kansas Livestock Association, Oklahoma State University Alumni Association, American Quarter Horse Association, the Guthrie Lions Club, and a board member of Cedar Valley Township. Jim and Ardell attend the First United Methodist Church in Guthrie. He enjoyed meeting every morning for coffee with his friends affectionately called the Liars’ Club.
Jim was preceded in death by his sister Genie and brother-in-law Cliff Edgar and two nephews.
He is survived by wife Ardell of the home, daughters Mitzi of Yukon and Janet (Greg) Thurston and grandson Bailey of El Reno, also sister June (Raymond) Littke, brothers Bob (Alice) Morton and Dwain (Carol) Morton. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Jim will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at First United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Antioch Cemetery in rural Custer County. Services are under Smith-Gallo Funeral Home, Guthrie.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Jim’s honor to the Veterans’ of Foreign Wars, Wounded Warrior Project, and Protect the Harvest at protecttheharvest.com.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, 3:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. with the family receiving guests from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Friends may sign the online guestbook at smithgallo.com