Philip Morton died Nov. 4, 2016, at the Veterans Administration Memorial Hospital in Grand Junction.
He was born May 4, 1935, and raised in western New York near the town of Woodhull to Eulalie and Homer Morton. After graduating high school in 1953, Phil enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. Later, he graduated from Kansas State University with degrees in nuclear engineering and mathematics and received his commission in the U.S. Army. During his 23-year military career, Phil served in Colorado, Kansas, Maryland, Okinawa, Texas, Thailand, Vietnam and Washington D.C. He retired as a major after 23 years of service.
While a student at K-State, he married Janet Ogg. Following his retirement they lived in Aurora, where he owned a business which prepared low-level radioactive waste for burial.
In 1988, Phil and Janet moved to Montrose where he started and later managed the Montrose County Recycle Center.
Mr. Morton was active in the American Legion and served in leadership positions for the Spiers-Dennis Post 24 in Olathe. He worked on the Olathe Veterans Memorial Park and Monument to recognize the service and sacrifice of all the area veterans.
He served as a Boy Scout leader, climbing Mt. Fuji in Japan with the troop and hiking the Bataan Death March Trail in Luzon, Philippines; he coached Little League baseball; collected model trains; was a certified master gardener with the CSU Extension; and assisted the Girl Scouts.
He was a lifelong Yankees fan and a supporter of Kansas State University, veterans organizations and the Olathe and Montrose schools, particularly the band program.
He is survived by his children, Debra Morton, Daric (Belky) Morton, Amy (Gregg) Hendrickson and Heather Morton; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Sara Lee (Gerald) Foster, Caroline (Jim) Burke, Dora (Proctor) Bush; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Janet; his oldest daughter, Sheri Lee (Frank) Stefl; and his sister, Lilian Fox.
A memorial celebration will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at the American Legion Hall, 315 South 5th Street, in Olathe.
Memorial donations may be made to American Legion's Girls' State and/or Boys' State programs, American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Colorado, 7465 East 1st Avenue, Suite D, Denver, CO 80230.