Delton Ray Morgan, 85, went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 14, 2021 in Gillette, WY. He was born on March 3, 1935 in Wolfe City, TX to Jesse Cole Morgan and Jimmie Lee Kerr. He had four siblings. After graduating high school in 1953 from Amarillo High School, Amarillo, TX, he enlisted in the Navy on July 19, 1955 to see the world. He served on the following Naval ships: USS Hanson, USS Perkins, USS Enterprise (the first Nuclear Aircraft Carrier), USS Arneb, and the USS Francis Marion.
While attending school for the Navy in Idaho Falls, ID, he met and later married Pauline Mae Cunha on October 17, 1958 and to this union they had four daughters. Ray and his family lived in Idaho, Virginia, Texas, California and again in Virginia until his retirement from the Navy on July 12, 1976.
Wanting to be close to their families they moved to Loveland, CO. He accepted a job at Triple S Labs in Loveland, CO and later worked for Flatiron Bureau of Reclamation. In 1988, he and Pauline transferred to Rupert, ID to work for the Minidoka Bureau of Reclamation, retiring in 1998.
Ray enjoyed bowling, photography, woodworking, gardening, camping and traveling with Pauline. They were married nearly 44 years before her passing on October 9, 2002. On March 6, 2005, Ray married Lois Ellen Blakeman in Burley, ID, adding five stepchildren to his family. They later moved to Gillette, WY.
Ray and Lois enjoyed 15 years together, traveling and being with family, before her passing on September 21, 2019.
He will be remembered for his kindness and generosity and by the grandchildren, occasional mischievous adventures.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nelda Miller; sister-in-law, Joan Morgan; and stepson, Duane Beasley. He is survived by brother, Bill Morgan; sisters, Vernell (Charles) Ivie, Betty Jane Morgan; brother-in-law, Douglas (Caroline) Miller; daughters, Regina (Marc) Carlos of Leavenworth, WA, Jeanine (Neal) Cozad of Loveland, CO, Jeanele (Rocky) Rogers of Loveland, CO, Donna Morgan of Sioux Falls, SD; stepdaughters, Sherry Vickers of Gillette, WY, Laree (Rocky) Fedderson of Gillette, WY, Vicky Beasley of Shawnee, OK and Tammy Cookston of New Castle, WY; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; 19 step-grandchildren; 20 step-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 19, 2021, at Gillette Memorial Chapel with interment at Moorcroft Cemetery.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.
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