Roy Gorton, 86, of Ottawa, passed away Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at Ransom Memorial Hospital.

Cremation is planned. Private graveside services at Princeton Cemetery, Princeton. Memorial contributions may be made to Prairie Paws Animal Shelter c/o Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory, Ottawa, Kansas 66067. Family and friends are encouraged to post their condolences and memories on Roy’s Tribute Wall at

Roy was born on Aug. 16, 1932, in Princeton, Kansas, the son of Valis Earl and Kathryn (Hatchell) Gorton. He was a lifelong Franklin County, Kansas resident, living in Princeton and Ottawa.

Roy attended Princeton schools. He served in the United States Army Infantry during the Korean Conflict, attaining the rank of Sergeant.

Roy was united in marriage to Maxine McBride on Dec. 31, 1955 at Ottawa. She preceded him in death on August 25, 2002.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Kathryn Gorton and three sisters, Earlene Weis, Betty Koch and Mary Stevenson.

He is survived by children, Sherri Berr and husband, Ronald, of Quenemo; Valerie Bemis, of Ottawa; Jeffery Gorton and wife, Becky, of Belt, Montana; and Lori Lacer, of Ottawa; eight grandchildren, Jason Tedrow and wife, Thais; Chris Berr and wife, Kelli; Shirley Matile and husband, Lucas; Geoffery Gorton, Beau Bemis, Heather Davis and husband, Gib, Harley Gorton, and Trina Swank-Thomas; 13 great grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

After his military service, Roy was a truck driver for most of his life driving for Lawrence and Penney’s Ready Mix, retiring in 1994.