Breckenridge Texan

Royce Morton

Royce Morton
June 25
21:45 2023

Royce Morton, age 88, of Ranger, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2023. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Morehart Mortuary Chapel with Samuel Harris and Montie Morton officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Necessity Cemetery under the direction of Morehart Mortuary.

Royce Everett Morton was born July 13, 1934, in Eastland, Texas, to Everett Elsmer Morton and Ovella Harris. He went to schools in Breckenridge, and while in high school played on the State Championship football team. After graduation from Breckenridge High School, he attended Ranger Junior College. Royce then enlisted in the United States Army in 1954 and served until he was honorably discharged in 1956. On July 19, 1975, he married Helen Harwell in Breckenridge. Royce worked at RE Dye Manufacturing for 26 years until his retirement in 1994. After retiring, he went to ranching and raising cattle, which he had done for many years. He was a long time member at Necessity Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett Morton and Ovella Harris Turner; one brother, Sam Turner; one son, Armon Dale Morton; and two grandchildren, Dale Morton and Stormee Gayle Morton.

Mr. Morton is survived his wife, Helen Morton; two children, Montie Morton and wife Laurah of Necessity, and Lucienda Moehnke and husband Robert of Aubrey; three step-daughters, Linda Dennis and husband Donnie of Denton, Karen Potter and husband Gary, and Vicki Milligan, all of Abilene; two sisters, Carolyn Meeker and husband Tony of Amity, Oregon, and Laurah Stephens and husband Robert of El Dorado Hills, California; one sister-in-law, Sue Turner of Necessity; five grandchildren, Casey Morton, Martie Morton, Megan Harper, Mandee Parsons and Shalise Moehnke; eight great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and twelve step-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels or to Necessity Baptist Church and may be left at Morehart Mortuary. Condolences may be made online at

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