Forrest Ronald Urton, 82, of New Castle, Ind., died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003, at Henry County Memorial Hospital. Born Jan. 27, 1921, in Lena, Ind., he was a son of the late John Thomas and Nancy Combs Urton and a direct descendant of Peter Urton who, at age 15, became a Revolutionary War soldier in Faquier County, Va. He was also the grandson of Civil War veteran John T. Urton of Garrard County, Ky.
He was a teacher for 30 years, most of which were at Hernly Elementary School in New Castle. He was a member of First Christian Church in New Castle, actively involved until he became disabled.
During World War II, Urton served in the Army Medical Corps for 37 months in the South Pacific and was awarded two bronze stars and a purple heart. After retirement, he was an avid student of Civil War battles. He also enjoyed genealogy.
Survivors include his second wife, Dorothy Raines Urton; two stepdaughters, Candi and husband Bob Farmer of Shirley, Ind., and Ann and husband Roger Schwab of Indianapolis; two stepgrandchildren, Patrick Farmer of Shirley and Jennifer Farmer of Clearwater Beach, Fla; a sister, Kathryn Urton White of Reelsville; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Brown Urton, who died in 1979 after 28 years of married; two brothers, Bill and Johnny Urton; and three sisters, Frances, Patsy and Lottie.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at South memorial Drive Church of God with the Rev. Mark Martin officiating. Military graveside rites will be at Rossville Cemetery.