David L. Borton, 72, of Morenci, Mich., died Dec. 30, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his family.
David was born May 2, 1946, in Wauseon, Ohio, the son George and Noreen (Rathbun) Borton. Dave’s mother died during his infancy, and he was later adopted by George’s second wife, June (Suleski) Borton.
Dave grew up on a farm in Chesterfield Township and graduated from the former Chesterfield High School with the class of 1964. He married Phyllis Smith in Morenci on her 16th birthday, June 3, 1966, and she survives.
He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, and performed duties as an M.P.
Dave was a skilled maintenance-mechanic and worked for Stauffer Chemical (Silbond) in Weston for 33 years, retiring in 2006. He enjoyed his hot rods and classic rock music, and was a fan of NASCAR and the Ohio State Buckeyes. He had a deep appreciation for nature and was talented at transplanting and nurturing plants in his garden and in his home. His greatest joy came from being with his family, especially being in the company of his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Dave is survived by a son, Curtis (and Trina) Borton of Morenci; two daughters, Christy (and Randy) Corkle and Carla (and Rich) Odneal, both of Morenci; three siblings, Donald (and Jane) Borton of Fort Wayne, Ind., Barbara Galvan of Wauseon, and Mark (and Julie) Borton of Wauseon; five grandchildren, Lisa Borton, Louis Borton, Levi Miller, Trevor Corkle and Sophie Corkle; and four great-grandchildren, Landen, Briana, Brielle and Brynn.
In addition to his parents and adopted mother, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald and Edward Borton.
Visitation is planned from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the funeral home. Military rites conducted by the Morenci American Legion Post 368 will follow. Interment will take place at a later date in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project or Alzheimer’s Association.