Bob Morton Passed Away 1-13-11

Bob Morton

Local veteran performer Bob Morton passed away peacefully in his sleep at home 1-13-11. Bob was a USAF veteran and will be remembered for his Riff Raff Band, and the many times he performed with Billy Barnett’s Thursday night jams at Sullivan’s and Crehan’s Irish Pub and the First Sunday Jams at Crehan’s. Bob suffered from diabetes, that may have been the cause of his death.

UPDATE 1-27-11 Burial of the cremains will be at Jefferson Barracks
National Cemetery, 2900 Sheridan Road, St Louis, MO with a military
ceremony. Those that plan to attend are asked to gather near the
entrance to the cemetery, near the administration building before
2 pm Friday 1-28-11 and follow the funeral director to the burial site.
Those in attendance may gather for a light luncheon at the Golden
Corral, 6110 S Lindbergh, St Louis, MO 314-416-9991, following the
We will remember you and miss you Bob.

This from Belleville News Democrat:

Robert Morton

Robert P. Morton, 57, of Fairview Heights, Ill., born Feb. 22, 1953, in Belleville, Ill., died Jan. 13, 2011, at his residence.

Mr. Morton was a professional musician. He played trombone and keyboards, performing with various bands throughout the area. He was a former member of the United States Air Force Band and the Black Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert M. Morton; a brother, David M. Morton; and two sisters, Lois Elaine, in infancy, and Dianne Kay Morton.

Surviving are his mother, Gloria, nee Weisenborn, Morton of Belleville, Ill.; sisters, Joyce (Philip) Carpenter of Collinsville, Ill., and Rachel (Donald) Reveal of Belleville, Ill.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital. Internet visitors may register online at

Funeral: There will be no visitation or funeral service.

According to his wishes, his remains will be cremated and his ashes buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.


Published in Belleville News-Democrat from January 16 to January 17, 2011

No visitation and a cremation were Bob’s wishes. A memorial jam is a possibility very soon. Watch SkyReport for details. See the slide show of recent SkyReport file photos.

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7 Responses to Bob Morton Passed Away 1-13-11

  1. Tobin Hall says:

    You were a great friend and a wonderful musician. Thanks for all the jams! You’ll be missed. RIP. I would be honored to be a part of the Memorial Jam Session, please let me know when and where.

  2. Chuck Hestand says:

    Aww man this sucks. I’m gonna miss you, dude. RIP buddy. 😦

  3. Rick Adams says:

    I am an old friend of Bob. By old I mean I went to high school with him and was in the high school marching band and the Black Knights with him. I’m truly saddened to hear of his passing but you know what?
    Bob enjoyed life! I last saw him some 15 years ago and he was the same happy, fun and laughing guy I had known. His love of music stayed with him throughout his life.
    He enjoyed his time in the Air Force Band (I’m still jealous over his doing that) and all of his musical endeavors. Those of you who have performed music with him can imagine and understand how happy it is to entertain others and how he felt. If and when there is a tribute please somewhere someone just write my name down as a friend somewhere. He would understand.

  4. Michelle Moerke says:

    Bob, Im going to miss seeing you at the house! I will never forget your wonderfully timeless and smooth singing voice, laughing (and laughing and laughing…) and the peaceful way about you. Our lives are truly blessed from having known you and we are so grateful for all the love you showed to Lia. We at the Moerke house will never ever forget you and will see you again someday…

  5. leslie reveal says:

    It’s great to see all of the love my uncle surrounded himself with. He will be greatly missed.

  6. Thos Soehnlin says:

    Rest in peace Bob, we’ll never forget you. I listened to the recordings from the last jam yesterday and had a good remembrance. Thanks for being my friend.

  7. leslie reveal says:

    To let u all have an update i want u to know, my uncle, Robert Morton will be layed out this coming Friday. We will have a ceremony at 2 pm at Jefferson Barracks. There will be a luncheon to follow. Email me at if u need details or want to come by. Thanks!!!

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