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Ralph Alonzo Norton

June 19, 1920 ~ April 10, 2018 (age 97)

Ralph Norton, a retired Sawmill worker died of cancer Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Heppner. He was 97. He was born June 19, 1920 in Morrowtown, ID to Alphia and Vivian Junkin Norton. He attended school at Morrowtown and then Craigmont for High School. He was in the Army from Jan. 21, 1943 to Nov. 24, 1945 when he was honorably discharged. He was a Technician Fifth Grade for Battery B AntiAircraft Gun Battalion. His occupation in the military was a Welder Combination 256. Ralph married Beverly “Wallace” Fabian on September 19, 1953 in Oakland, California. Ralph gained two sons, Tom and Richard with the marriage and then they had two more sons, George and Ralph. The couple owned and operated a dairy in California for 7 years until they moved back to Idaho; where he was a Sawmill worker and also drove fork lift in the Shipping department until he retired in 1982. During his “retirement” he worked for the Forest Service doing various maintenance duties for 11 years before completely retiring, and then later moved to Heppner, Oregon. He loved fishing, gardening, woodworking, camping, playing cards and especially playing cribbage. He was an avid bowler for many years. He also loved spending time with his family and friends. He loved to tell endless stories, (often sports related) from his life, that we all have enjoyed. Survivors include his wife Beverly Norton at their Heppner residence, three sons Richard Norton and wife Rita of Missoula, Montana; George Norton and wife Trudy of Boise, Idaho; Ralph Norton and wife Tami of Enterprise, Oregon; daughter in-law Pam Norton, of Heppner, Oregon; 14 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son and daughter in-law Tom and Sue Norton, parents Alphia and Vivian Norton, his brothers Ray, Homer and Mike Norton, his sisters Hazel Gray and Alta Clute, and his great-granddaughter Emily Koltonski. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 21st at 3:00 p.m. at Morrow County Fairgrounds. Friends and family are invited to attend with a light meal being served following the service. Memorial Contributions can be made in Ralph’s name to Willow Creek Terrace Assisted Living, 400 Frank Gilliam Drive, Heppner, Oregon 97836 or Pioneer Memorial Hospice, PO Box 9, Heppner, Oregon 97836. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweeney Mortuary in Heppner, Oregon.

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