James I. Morton Jr., 73, of Irwin, PA passed away Thursday, November 12, 2020 at his home. He was born December 30, 1946 in Pittsburgh, PA. Son of the late James I. and Mary Lou Collins Morton. Upon graduating from Wilkinsburg High School Class of 1965, James served in the US Navy as an airman on the USS Ranger CV-61 Aircraft carrier during the Vietnam War. James also attended the Aeronautical Technical Institute and was a very hard worker. He worked for the Mine Safety Administration for several years as a metallurgist. James also drove a semi cross country for 10 plus years and then went on to retire from the Port Authority in Pittsburgh, PA as a bus driver. James loved to watch The Steelers and was a collector of many types of memorabilia including coins, matchbox cars and hats. Most of all, James loved to take road trips with his family. He is preceded in death by both parents, one son – Shawn Morton, one grandson – Cody Morton and two sisters – Karen Russini and Linda Delancey. He is survived by one son – James D. Morton of New Kensington, PA, daughter-in-law – Kerrie Morton of Yukon, PA, Eight grandchildren – Dakota Leone, Austin Morton and wife Erica, Kyle, Hannah, Emilie, Brianna, Britany, and Brandon Morton and two Great grandchildren - Callee and Reyna Blystone. one brother – William Morton and wife Karen of Churchill, PA, one sister – Barb Jenkins and husband Ken of Butler, PA, ex-wife Jane and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. A public graveside service will be held at 11:00 am at Penn Lincoln Memorial Park in Irwin, PA with Rev. Randy Sweet officiating. Those wishing to attend the funeral service are asked to go directly to the cemetery, 14679 US-30 #1, Irwin, Pa. 15642. Beatty-Rich Funeral Home, Inc. / Ronald A. Rich Jr. Supervisor / Funeral Director in charge of services. Per the CDC, Masks are required to be worn at all times during the funeral service and social distancing is required.
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