Harry Everett Morter
Harry Morter was born in Leoti, Kansas on March 24, 1931 to Paul and Lila Thompson Morter. He grew up in Ainsworth, Nebraska and followed the crops with his family during the Depression years. In 1942, the Morters settled in Newberg. Harry graduated from Newberg Union High School in 1949 and in 1950 enlisted in the Air Force. He then attended Linfield College where he earned a BA in Chemistry in 1958.
Harry met and married Carol Parrett in 1956. They were married for 61-1/2 years. Harry worked as a Research Chemist in Portland and Kansas City, Missouri. In 1962 Harry was hired by Crown Zellerbach Corp., where he worked as a supervisor for 15 years in Port Townsend and Port Angeles, Washington. He then returned to Newberg in 1976 to start a company that manufactured the electronic thickness gauge he invented for the paper and plastic industries. Emveco, Inc. grew to have a work force of 10 and supplied instruments to the majority of paper mills in the United States. After Harry sold Emveco, he started several companies including Morter Electronics and H&R Video Productions.
He loved to travel; was a published photographer and operated the local television access station for 2 years.
Harry is survived by his wife Carol and seven children - Randal (Nancy) of Phoenix, Arizona, Linda Morter of Salem, Oregon, Debra O'Reilly (Ron) of Newberg, Oregon, Mary Freeman (Steve) of Newberg, Oregon, Robert (Heidi) of Vancouver, Washington, Richard of Golden, Colorado, Sharon Rousseau (Brian) of Newberg, Oregon, thirteen grandchildren and several step-grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother and two sisters - Rodney of Fort Scott, Kansas, Ramona Hall of Newberg, Oregon, and Eldoris Dyer of Portland, Oregon. Harry was preceded in death by one sister, Joann Bales of Dundee, Oregon.
A Celebration of Life was held on April 20th at the Newberg United Methodist Church.
Memorial Contributions may be made to:
Newberg United Methodist Methodist Church, 1205 Deborah Rd., Newberg, OR. 97132
Daniel Fusco Ministries, PO Box 821495, Vancouver, WA 98682