James "Chubby" Orton, age 82, of Gayville, South Dakota, died Thursday, January 9, 2014, in Sun City West, Arizona.
Memorial services will be 10:30 AM, Monday, January 20, 2014, at Gayville Lutheran Church in Gayville, South Dakota, with Reverend Ralph Egbert officiating. Burial will be in the Gayville Cemetery with military honors provided by the Rudolph-Christensen American Legion Post No. 237. A gathering of friends and family is from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota with a prayer service and time of sharing at 6:00 PM.
Honorary Pallbearers are Jim's nieces, nephews, and many friends.
James Orton was born May 4, 1931 in Volin, South Dakota, to Paul and Nora (Olson) Orton. Jim was given the name "Chubby" by a neighbor when the family moved to Gayville in 1941. Jim graduated from Gayville High School and began working at T.R. Wetlands Hayfields and later for Tom Meyers Trucking. In 1952 Jim joined the United States Marine Corp and served in Japan and Okinawa during the Korean War. While serving in the Marines, Jim was a member of the San Diego Marines Softball Team and boxed on the Signal Battalion Boxing Team. When he was discharged from the Marines in 1954, he returned to Meyers Trucking, which he bought a year later. Throughout the 60's Jim owned and operated the Farmers Store in Gayville until 1971 when he began working for the Army Corps of Engineers, which he continued until retiring in 1992. After retiring from the corps, Jim spent the next 19 years mowing the Irene Golf Course.
Jim was a kind and generous man, who helped his family in so many ways. He loved boxing, racing, hunting, fishing, bowling and golfing, acquiring many trophies along the way, including 5 times scoring a hole-in-one. He loved his nieces and nephews and always enjoyed attending their school sports.
Survivors include his sister, Sharon Taggart of Gayville and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marilyn on March 23, 1998, three brothers: Gene, Eldon and Gordon; and sister, Julie Ann Hudson.
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Sure wish I could be there for Jims celebration of life, never met a finer man,knew Jim and worked at times with him at the Gavins point dam. My condolences and sympathy to family and friends.
Clark Van De Walle
Whether it was playing for the Gayville amatuer baseball team, watching local high school sports and giving advise and support to the players, providing an essential service to the citizrns of Gayville with the grocery store and mamy, many other acts of support, leadership, and compassion, Chubby was an inspiration to all. The community and local area was blessed with a wonderful individual and valued friend. He will be missed by all.
What a fine man Jim was. I had the pleasure of knowing him through work at Gavins Point dam and golf. He was a kind and fun loving person, full of life. Rest in peace my friend.
I have fond memories of Chubby, and all of the Orton family, from my childhood years in SD. Condolences to all of you. I am thankful to have grown up in such a caring community.
Chubby has been my next door neighbor the past 12 1/2 years. I am going to miss him terribly. There isn't a single thing chubby wouldn't of done for us if I were to ask. What a friend! Going to miss you chub! you were just all around GREAT! (shared his pears with me every year)
I enjoyed playing baseball for Chubby Orton. He was an excellent coach and an outstanding catcher. I was blessed to have Chubby as a mentor and friend.
I enjoyed playing baseball for Chubby. He was a great coach and a catcher for the team. He not only was a great mentor for me, but he also taught team play. We were the "Gayville Orioles" men's baseball team - successful.
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