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May 21, 1938 ~ March 19, 2018 (age 79)
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Samuel “Sam” Orton, 79, of Emlenton, PA., passed away suddenly at the Butler Memorial Hospital on Monday (3/19/2018) evening. Sam was born in Allegheny Twp., on May 21, 1938 to the late Orville and Elma Violet Johns Orton. He was a graduate of the former Parker High School. Sam began a career spanning 40+ years at the former Quaker State Refinery in Emlenton, where he retired. Even though Sam retired he always stayed busy plowing snow in the winter and was the go to “Maintenance Man” at the Allegheny Grille in Foxburg, as well as Bridgeview Apartments in Emlenton. He enjoyed hunting and was always around and willing to lend a hand. He was the caretaker and Sexton of the Allegheny Cemetery near Parker, for 15 years, donating countless hours and weekends. He also was an owner/operator for his Bus Lines providing transportation for the AC Valley School District. Sam was a member and served on various committees for the Emlenton United Methodist Church. With all of his committees and work ventures, Sam’s most important legacy was his family. He loved spending time with his family and his grandchildren. He took his family on numerous vacations to Disneyworld as well as to Ocean City NJ. He also enjoyed playing the PA Lottery.

He is survived by his wife Lois Fry Orton whom he married on September 7, 1962. His three children: Pam (Derwin) Wenner of Emlenton; Tracy (Dewey) Irwin of Emlenton; and Tim (Anita) Orton of Emlenton.

His Grandchildren: Chase, Dolan, Denton Wenner; Dalena Custer; Brody, Brooke Irwin, Levi Orton; Natasha (Catlin Adams) Richar, Joshua and Nathan Richar. Great Grandchildren: Arianna and Jaxon Adams. A sister Dorothy Hansotte of Butler: A sister in-law Romona Orton of Parker. As well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Opal Steffy and one brother Raymond Orton.


In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations in Sam’s honor be made either to the Butler Memorial Hospital Cardiovascular Center as a special thank you to Dr. Phillip Painley for all of his care, or to the Emlenton Area Ambulance Service.

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