May 13, 2004
EUGENE LEROY ORTON
(1/18/1918 – 5/3/2004)
Eugene Leroy Orton, 86, of Memphis, MO, died on May 3, 2004, at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis, MO.
Eugene was born January 18, 1918, in Scotland County, MO, north of Azen, on the family farm.
He attended the South Upton Elementary School in Scotland County, MO near the Iowa line.
Eugene married Maxine Hamburg on October 21, 1936, at the First Christian Church in Memphis, MO and they had three children, Alberta, Bill and Fred.
Mr. Orton spent his entire life as an auctioneer. He will always be remembered for all his wisdom of horses and his love of animals. He enjoyed buying and trading horses and mules. Gene was the originator of the High Point annual trail ride, which went from Azen, MO to Ft. Madison, IA and participated in the ride as long as his health permitted. He was a life member of the Bar-B-Saddle Club at Bible Grove and helped start the Rural Rough Riders Saddle Club at Brock.
He will be remembered for his “Grandpa’s Touch” with all children, not just his own grandchildren. The Orton-Campbell auction service served many families near and far. Many friends are happy to know Gene is on a final wonderful trail ride to a better place.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine of the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis, MO; one daughter, Alberta Taylor and husband, Eston of Burlington, IA; two sons, Bill Orton and friend, Terry Jones of Arbela, MO, and Fred Orton and wife, Mary of Las Vegas, NV; one brother, Leo Orton of Memphis, MO; one sister, Evelyn Stott of Kahoka, MO; 16 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
The family has suggested memorials to the Lawn Ridge Cemetery, and may be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison, Memphis, MO.
Funeral services were held May 6, 2004, at the Payne Funeral Chapel, Memphis, MO with Bro. Larry Smith officiating. Pallbearers were grandchildren. Interment was in the Lawn Ridge Cemetery, in northern Scotland County, MO.