Howard J. Morton, 95, passed away March 17, 2012. Survived by his son, Roger John Morton. Preceded in death by his wife, Helen Morton. Born in New York City, he partly started as a violinist, keeping a keen love of music throughout his life. Drafted into World War II, Howard spent four years, finished as Command Sergeant Major and was in the Battle of the Bulge. A close personal friend from those days was Gordon Cooper, a friendship that lent to the Mortons moving to Pueblo in the mid 70s, During his years in New York he was a specialty steel salesman, in his mid 60s he was fed up with Central New York winters, liked mountains and moved to Pueblo, purchasing and operating Western State Novelties for over ten years. Though being from New York City was from another world, Howard and Helen both were taken in by the community for which he retained a deep appreciation for over 30 years. He and his wife were actors in the Impossible Players theater group, helped with fund raising for the Pueblo Symphony and the local Public Radio. Mr. Morton joined the Masons in Pueblo, was active in a number of programs, finding great satisfaction in the camaraderie and charity work. His final years were at Villa Pueblo where he felt fortunate in being at this facility, particularly the care given by the staff. There will be a private family memorial service. Memorials may be made to Pueblo Symphony or Pueblo's Public Radio station through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. I grew up with the Impossible Players and am still active with them today. I remember visiting Howard and Helen’s novelty store often with my parents, Bill and Laura Mattoon. The Mortons were talented actors and I enjoyed their kindness and generous hearts. One of the most memorable performances I recall was when they shared the stage for “On Golden Pond.” I am sorry for your loss and will think of them when I attend the next Impossible Players production. Tracey Mattoon-Amos

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