Lt. Col. Gerald Biddle Warton (USAF Retired), 84, passed away Aug. 7 in Bend.
Gerald (Gerry) was born Apr 19, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., to George B. and Dorcas A. Warton. Gerry graduated from William Howard Taft H.S., Norwood Park, Ill., in 1947, and then attended Illinois College in Jacksonville, Ill., later transferring to and graduating from McKendree College in Lebanon, Ill., in 1951. Thereafter, he served in the United States Air Force for two years as an Airman, completed Officer Candidate School in 1953, and commissioned a second lieutenant. After 24 years of honorable service, including the Korean War, Vietnam War and various duty stations around the world, he retired in 1975 in Burns.
Gerry married Patricia Louise (Moser) Flathers May 25, 1980, in Burns. Together they traveled across the nation and lived in Las Vegas, Nev., Mesquite, Nev., Albany, Redmond, Meridian, Idaho, and recently Bend, where Gerry passed away.
Growing up loving horses, Gerry enjoyed anything connected to ranching. Spending time with family, a game of golf, and antiquing were passions along with his family genealogy project. He was an active member of the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, Red River Valley Association — River Rats, and a 4-H leader for many years. He was known for his hearty laugh, quick wit, and approached any new project with gusto, as he did with his beer-making friends.
He is survived by Patty, his wife of 33 years; his sister, Georgia Lee Olson (Evan), of Prospect Heights, Ill.; and five children, George Warton (Julia), Lauri Askew (John), Robert Warton (Gwen), Robert (Butch) Flathers, and Sherri Young (Gary). He was blessed with 13 grandchildren, Matt (Jessica), John, and Greg Warton; Nathan Peterson; Davis, Riddick, Rowan, and Ryker Warton; Erin, Courtney, Kelsey, and Zach Flathers; and Brittany Boyer (Dustin); two great-grandchildren, Jack and Isabella Warton; and many other loving nieces, nephews and relatives.
A celebration of Gerry’s life and Christian faith was held at Aspen Ridge Retirement Center Great Room in Bend Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. Military burial with honors will be Oct. 7 at Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kan.
Memorial donations may be made to the Holston United Methodist Home for Children, P.O. Box 188, Greeneville, Tenn. 37744. Please sign our online guestbook at: www.niswonger-reynolds.com.