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John Kenneth Morton Jr.

December 20, 1941 November 14, 2019
John Kenneth Morton Jr.
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Obituary for John Kenneth Morton Jr.

John Kenneth Morton Jr., 77, of Lincoln, Nebraska, died on November 14, 2019 at his home.

He was born to the late John and Dorothy (Seidemann) Morton on December 20, 1941 in El Paso, Texas. With a father in the military, John spent time in many places as a child - from Texas to Utah to even a stop in Okinawa, Japan. Eventually he and his family settled in West Covina, California, where he graduated from high school in 1959. He received his undergraduate degree from Los Angeles City College in 1963 and later received a Masters in Social Work from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After spending time working in Evanston, Wyoming and Scottsbluff, Nebraska, John came to Lincoln in 1975. He spent most of his professional life working for the State of Nebraska, including over 30 years as a social worker at the Lincoln Regional Center.

John volunteered for military service in February 1964. He spent most of his service time as an Army Cryptographer in France. During his time in the Army, John earned several commendations, including Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and designation as a Sharpshooter (Rifle). He was honorably discharged in January 1967.

John enjoyed reading mystery and historical novels, listening to jazz music and NPR, and playing solitaire on his computer. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, hosting countless Sunday dinners and holiday family get togethers.

John is survived by his daughter Pamela Bowles and her husband John, and his son Kenneth Morton and his wife Janet, all of Lincoln, Nebraska; his brother Paul Morton of Corona, California; his brother Clifford (Diane) Morton of Sun City West, Arizona. He is also survived by his four beloved grandchildren Cameron Morton, Kataryna Morton, Jackson Bowles and Harper Bowles, all of Lincoln, and his nieces and nephew, Donna Morton, Karen Dobmeier, Molly Morton, and Mark Morton.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the ACLU of Nebraska.

A memorial gathering will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska on Thursday, November 21, 2019, from 5-8 PM at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home.

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Memorial Gathering




5:00 PM 11/21/2019 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 11/21/2019 8:00:00 PM
Colonial Chapel Funeral Home

5200 R ST
Lincoln, NE 68504

Colonial Chapel Funeral Home
5200 R ST Lincoln 68504 NE
United States

Memorial Contribution

ACLU of Nebraska

134 S 13th St #1010
Lincoln, NE 68508
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the ACLU of Nebraska.

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