Duane Francis Morton, known to all as Hippy, of Lonedell, MO, departed this life at his home, surrounded by the love of his family, on November 3, 2019, having reached the age of seventy-six years and two days. Hippy was born in Southington, CT. on November 1, 1943, son of Russell Francis Morton, known to all as Buck, and Pauline Morton nee Monroe. On May 16, 1964, he was united in marriage to Janice Kay McBride and two daughters came to bless this union.
Hippy is survived by his wife, Janice Morton of Lonedell, MO; by his daughter, Ramona Samel and husband, Daniel, and Miste LaTurno and husband, Tim, both of Lonedell; by three grandchildren, Daniel Samel and wife, Tori, of Luebbering, Kayla Samel and boyfriend, Luke Pridemore of Lonedell and Levi LaTurno of Lonedell; by two great-grandchildren, Reagan and Raylan Samel of Luebbering; by one brother, Russell W. Morton, known to all as Skip, and wife, Gara, of Mentone, CA; by one sister, Sharron McCarty of Medicine Bow, WY; by nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Hippy was preceded in death by his parents, Buck and Pauline Morton, and by one sister, Lori Morton.
Hippy was proud to have served his country in the United States Army, entering January 20, 1961 and receiving his honorable discharge and transfer to the National Guard on July 10, 1961. Hippy was a mechanic by trade and while living in California he owned and operated Mentone Garage in Mentone, CA. After moving to Lonedell, he was employed by B. K. Bus Line for about fifteen years. Hippy’s favorite pastime and passion was fishing, especially at his lake lot at Truman Lake. His family was his world and everyone that knew Hippy will truly miss his keen sense of humor, his teasing manner and his great laugh. The wonderful memories made with family and friends will be treasured forever.
A devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.
A celebration of life was held from 3:00 to 8:00 PM on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at St. Francis of Assisi Hall in Luebbering, MO. Memorials may be made to the Lonedell R-14 Scholarship Fund. The family was served by Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair, MO.