B.C. Morton

B.C. Morton, 79, of Madison, Indiana, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at River Terrace Health Campus in Madison.

He was born Jan. 7, 1940, in Erie, Pennsylvania, to Burton Joseph and Esther Keim Morton and moved to Louisville during high school where he graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 1957. He attended Bellarmine College from 1957 to 1960 and then graduated from the University of Louisville Law School in 1965. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Nov. 14, 1965, and attained the rank of captain before being honorably discharged Sept. 7, 1971.

He was the public defender in Allen County, Kentucky, and had a private practice in Crawford County, Indiana. He had been a member of the Elk’s Lodge and Rotary Club in Scottsville, Kentucky. Most recently, he was chief probation officer for Jefferson and Switzerland counties in 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 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.

Survivors include his children, Judi Terpening of Hanover, Indiana, Burton “Judge” C. Morton Jr. of Anderson, Indiana, Jennifer Morton of New Albany, Indiana, Jessica Odenbaugh of Fayetteville, North Carolina, David Morton of Henderson, Kentucky, and Joshua Morton of Madison, Tennessee; a brother, Tom Morton of Louisville; 18 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and five nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, David Morton, and a sister, Ann Morton Marchal.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Madison with interment to follow in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

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, Lytle Welty Funeral Homes, Vail Chapel or at lytlewelty.com.