Renowned airshow announcer Roscoe D. Morton passed away Saturday, June 15, at his home in Frostproof, Florida.
Born Dec. 10, 1931, in Elk Falls, Kansas, to the late Raymond G. and Grace E. Morton, he began his aviation career by soloing in 1947 at the age 15. He was a United States Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Flight instructing, agricultural and executive flying led to his airline career with Southern Airways in 1959, presently known as Delta Airlines. A former chief pilot and check airman, Roscoe retired as a Boeing 747 international captain.
He was the chairman of the announcers, and has been for numerous years at the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He was also chairman of the announcers at SUN ’n FUN in Lakeland, Florida, and was a member of the board of directors of SUN ’n FUN.
Roscoe received many awards over the years and announced at many events in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.
Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Virginia “Jinny” Morton; son, Roscoe J. and wife, Lisa Morton of Commerce, Mich.; sister, Suzanne M. Wyatt of Fort Worth, Texas; and three grandchildren, Taylor, Madison and Will.
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