SMETHPORT - Gordon James Colton, 71, of Smethport, died Sunday (Oct. 6, 2013) in UPMC Hamot in Erie surrounded by his family.
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He was born July 17, 1942, in Erie, a son of Gordon D. and Dorothy Burg Colton. On Aug. 24, 1963, in St. George Church, Erie, he married Joanne H. Zipper, who survives.
Mr. Colton was a graduate of Academy High School (Class of 1960) in Erie and attended Gannon University.
He was the vice president of marketing and sales of Rubber Fab Technologies of New Jersey before he retired.
Mr. Colton was an active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Smethport, the Bradford Club, Woodcutters Group, was a former member of the Smethport Country Club, a former member of Smethport Borough Council, and belonged to the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE).
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, Dorothy Colton of Sun City Center, Fla.; one daughter, Lara E. (Abra Poindexter) Colton of Omaha, Neb.; two sons, G. Brian (Joan) Colton of Conover, N.C., and Kyle J. (Amy) Colton of Alexandria, Va.; two grandsons, G. Thomas Colton and John A. Colton; and one sister, Dr. Jan C. Colton of Rushville, Neb.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday from the Trinity Lutheran Church, Smethport, with the Rev. Larry Scofield, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Ave., Bradford, PA 16701; or the Trinity Lutheran Church, Smethport, PA 16749.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport.
Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com
Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc.
2 Bank Street
Smethport, PA 16749
Published in The Bradford Era from Oct. 8 to Oct. 15, 2013