Richard Lee Norton, 83, Ness City, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at Rhode Island Suites, Ransom.

He was born July 29, 1935, south of Utica to Thomas and Juanita (Lehman) Norton. He was a 1953 graduate of Utica High School and studied a year at Fort Hays State University.

He married Delphine Rogers on July 31, 1959, in St. Francis. They returned to the family farm where he worked with his father. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He was a member of the MicKinstry-Jones Post American Legion, Post No. 380 and United Methodist Church, both of Utica. He was a member of the Scott City Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Dr. Randy Norton and wife, Dr. Judy Norton, Utica; a daughter, Brenda Dinges and husband, Darren, Ness City; three sisters, Faye Bauer, Hays, Wilma Ochs, Granbury, Texas, and Judith Carter, Fountain, Colo.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Elizabeth Russell, Norton; a sister, Jeane Borthwick; and two brothers, Leonard and Clell Norton.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church, Utica; burial in the Utica Cemetery.

Friends can call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday with family present from 6 to 9 p.m. at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Ness City.

Memorials are suggested to Utica United Methodist Church or Hospice of the Prairie, Dodge City in care of the funeral home.

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