B.C. Morton, age 79, of Madison, Indiana, and the son of the late Burton Joseph and Esther (Keim) Morton, was born January 7, 1940, in Erie, Pennsylvania. During his high school years, his family moved to Louisville, Kentucky where he was a 1957 graduate of Saint Xavier High School. He attended Bellarmine College from 1957 to 1960 and then graduated from the University of Louisville Law School in 1965. On November 14, 1965, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and attained the rank of Captain before being honorably discharged on September 7, 1971.
Over the years, B.C. was the public defender in Allen County, Kentucky and had a private practice in Crawford County, Indiana. He was previously a member of the Elk's Lodge and Rotary Club in Scottsville, Kentucky. Most recently, he served as the Chief Probation Officer for Jefferson County and Switzerland County, Indiana before the two counties developed their own probation offices. After retirement in 2010, he served as the director of the Scalo House in Madison and became very involved with La Casa Amiga. He was known to always have lollipops and candy in his office and would occasionally even bring ice cream for the kids. He was known to be sarcastic and irreverent, but also a man of integrity. He had a generous heart and respected the person, not status. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church where he often volunteered and served on the Parish Council. He enjoyed tutoring adults and children in their English studies, helping with Bingo, and was involved in Alcoholics Anonymous. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling, trying new foods, reading and spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Morton passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at River Terrace Health Campus in Madison.
His life will be cherished by his children: Judi Terpening and her husband, Allan, of Hanover, Indiana, Burton "Judge" C. Morton, Jr. and his wife, Mindy, of Anderson, Indiana, Jennifer Morton of New Albany, Indiana, Jessica Odenbaugh and her husband, Lawrence, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, David Morton and his wife, Nikki, of Henderson, Kentucky, and Joshua Morton and his wife, Amanda, of Madison, Tennessee; his brother, Tom Morton and his wife, Katy of Louisville; his brother-in-law, Dr. Gilbert Marchal of Louisville; eighteen grandchildren; four great grandchildren, and five nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, David Morton and his sister, Ann Morton Marchal.
Father Christopher Craig will conduct The Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM Friday October 11, 2019 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 413 E. Second Street, Madison with interment to follow in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery. There will be a Celebration of Life reception at the Knights of Columbus following the burial.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Jefferson County Public Library, La Casa Amiga, or the Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Contributions may be made at the church or at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes, Vail Chapel.
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