The Rev. R. William (Bill) Gorton, 90, formerly of Boonville and Evansville, passed away Sunday evening, Nov. 26, in Frankfort, Ky., where he resided close to one of his daughters. He was formerly a pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Evansville and Hemenway Memorial Presbyterian Church in Boonville.
The Rev. Gorton was born May 9, 1927, in Endicott, N.Y., and graduated from Montclair High School in New Jersey in 1945. Following graduation, he served in the Army Air Corps for the Army of Occupation in Japan. After his service, he graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and received a masters of divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He was ordained a pastor in the Presbyterian Church and served congregations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. He served as a commander in the Chaplain Corps of the Navy Reserve, and he served the state of Indiana as a chaplain at Branchville Correctional Facility.
The Rev. Gorton served on the board of Habitat for Humanity and was instrumental in starting Habitat in Warrick County. He was active in Southern Indiana Mental Health Association. He and his wife, Carol, were enthusiastic model railroaders all their lives, and were founding members of the Local Loco Model Railroading Club.
The Rev. Gorton is survived by his three daughters; Ginny Dockery and her husband, Steve, of Maryville, Tenn., Gloria Conklin of Coos Bay, Ore., Linnie Lee and her husband, Perry, of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; seven grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; and a brother, Bob Gorton and his wife, Jackie, of New Providence, N.J. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rolland and Marie Gorton; his wife of 63 years, Carol (Gillette) Gorton; their son Richard William Gorton; and a brother Jim Gorton.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 10 at Newburgh Presbyterian Church, 642 State Route 662 E, Newburgh, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be sent to Newburgh Presbyterian Church P.O. 1, Newburgh, Ind. 47630, or Habitat for Humanity, 10622 Telephone Road, Chandler Ind., 47610.