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Jack Morton June 6, 1928 - July 1, 2009

HANCOCK -- Jack Morton, 81, of Hancock, died Wednesday at the Knute Nelson Home in Alexandria.

The service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church in Hancock. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Hancock.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and one hour prior to the service at the church.

He was born June 6, 1928, in Stevens County to James Jr. and Lillian (Timm) Morton. He graduated from Hancock Public Schools in 1946.

He married Charlotte Torgerson on Sept. 3, 1949. A car accident on April 29, 1971, took the life of his wife and third daughter.

He married Lorraine Pasche in 1974 and adopted her four children.

He married Lois Tillisch in 1999. They moved to Alexandria in November.

He was a dairy farmer southeast of Hancock and moved to Hancock in 1985 when he retired. He then delivered Pioneer Seed Corn for a few years and guided at the Langhei Hills Game Farm. He served one term as president of the Minnesota Irrigators Association, served on the Agralite Board, started an underground water study for the state and served in several church offices at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and was an Eagle Scout.

He is survived by his wife; children: Rhonda (and Loren) Zeltwanger of Goodfield, Ill., Linda (and Keith) Meichsner of Alexandria, Pam Allen of Van Buren, Ariz., Doug (and RaNae) Morton of Morris, Sue Mathews of Fort Smith, Ariz., and Stacy Bettis of Fort Smith, Ariz; stepchildren: Dawn (and Todd) Arlander of Pine Island, Tom (and Deb) Tillisch of Nebraska, Todd (and Diane) Tillisch of Buffalo and Lottie Tillisch of Cosmos; one sister: Jan (and Larry) Nelson of Fargo, N.D. and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife: Charlotte; daughter: Joan; and three brothers.