Frederick P. “Fred” Morton, age 83, husband of the late Ramona J. (Conklin), of Merkel Rd., Gilbertsville, died Friday at the Pottstown Manor Care.

Born in West Chester, he was the son of the late Charles H. and Ethel (Preston) Morton.
He was a WW II Army Veteran, serving in Italy.

Fred worked for 30 years at the former Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., in Pottstown, and later worked for Weiss Markets in Gilbertsville, for 10 years.

He was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Gilbertsville, and a life member of the Boyertown American Legion  Post.  Fred also enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, and softball, and was an all around big  sports fan.

Surviving are three stepsons; Marvin, husband of Toni Thrasher of Stowe, Edward, husband of Eva Thrasher, of Pottstown, and Michael, husband of Kathy Thrasher, of Boyertown, along with two stepdaughters; Patricia Rhoads, of Pottstown, and Donna, wife of David Conrad, of Gilbertsville.  He is also survived by a brother; Richard Morton, of West Chester, and two sisters; Anita Wynn, of Downingtown, and Frances Janderchick, of Pottstown, along with 8 step grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by a brother John Morton.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday, in St. Luke Lutheran Church, 35 Wilson Ave., Gilbertsville, with the Rev. Chris Weidner, officiating. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown.  Friends may call on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 PM, at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville, and also on Wednesday from 10 to 10:30 AM, at the church.

Contributions may be made in his memory to: American Cancer Society, c/o Tricia Hewitt, Nat’l Penn Bank, 1830 E. High St., Pottstown, Pa.  19464, and or St. Luke
Lutheran Church, 35 Wilson Ave., Gilbertsville, Pa.  19525.

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