Ralph J. Orton, age 74, passed away in his home of 39 years at 8494 Falls Road in Trumansburg, while surrounded by family, on Thursday, March 27, 2008.

Born in Brooktondale on May 15, 1933, Ralph was the son of Paul H. and Gladys M. Dennis Orton. He was a millwright at Borg-Warner for 42 years before retiring in 1999. Ralph often brought his expertise as a welder home with him where he mended broken steel with precision for family and friends. He also enjoyed NASCAR races, hunting and bowling. The hearts of family members harbor many warm memories of camping excursions with Ralph.

Ralph is survived by his devoted wife of 39 years, Anna L. Jenney Orton; four sons, John L. Watkins of Newfield, NY, James R. Watkins of Rhode Island, Joseph R. Watkins of Spencer, NY and Jerry A. Watkins of Knoxville, TN; three daughters, Deberah J. Guthrie of Hampton, VA, Kathy A. Vaughn of Jacksonville, NY and Ronda S. Williamson of Trumansburg, NY and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family extends their gratitude to Pat Ayers who has become a close friend as she provided care to Ralph. Pat’s presence enabled Ralph to remain at home through his declining health.

The family will be present to reminisce and share memories of Ralph’s life with friends during an informal gathering on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 from 5-7 pm at the Trumansburg American Legion Post #770. Please stop by for as long as is convenient and dress in casual attire.

Those who wish to remember Ralph in the form of a contribution are asked to kindly consider Hospicare of Tompkins County, 172 East King Rd., Ithaca, NY  14850 or Cayuga Medical Radiation Therapy Dept., 101 Dates Dr., Ithaca, NY  14850.