Charles Walen Morgan, 95, of Edmond, Okla., passed away surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
Chuck was born in Cheek, Okla., on March 9, 1918. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Clarence E. Morgan of Marietta, Oklahoma. Chuck was one of nine children. His sister, Maryette Clifton, of Killeen, Texas, survives.
Chuck attended school in western Love County and graduated high school at Orr, Okla., in 1936. He attended Oklahoma A&M in 1936 and 1937. He then spent a year in Wyoming with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and planted trees throughout the state. Chuck continued this passion for dotting the countryside with trees the remainder of his life. Following his CCC service, he returned to school at Oklahoma A&M and received a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1942. Upon graduation, he moved to Pryor and was employed by E.I. DuPont in the military high explosive division. At this location he met and fell in love with Cleta Marguerite Melton and they were married May 9, 1943.
Chuck and family moved from Pryor in 1946 to Okmulgee where he was employed by Oklahoma A&M College Technical School, where he started the Industrial Chemistry Department. After teaching at the college, he then moved to the oil related field. In 1952, the family moved to El Dorado, where he was employed by the Skelly Oil Company where he worked for 26 years. He retired as Head of the Petro-Chemicals division in 1978 at age 60.
In 1980, Chuck and Marguerite returned to Pryor and to their roots in Oklahoma for retirement. Since they had built their home in El Dorado, they decided to build a "last" home in the Pryor area. When they later found an irresistible acreage on Lake Hudson, they built yet another "last" home on Morgan Point. They enjoyed the beauty of the lake and their community of friends before moving to Edmond to an assisted living center and to be closer to their three children.
Chuck served more than 40 years as an elder in various churches and most recently The Christian-Presbyterian Church in Pryor. He looked forward to rolling up his sleeves and actively working the church's annual rummage sale. He delivered Meals on Wheels and was a Bell Ringer at Christmas for the Salvation Army. He enjoyed 20 years with the Kiwanis Club and Lions Club in Locust Grove and Pryor and in volunteering in their community outreach programs. Chuck was an avid golfer and played well into his 80s.
Chuck's love of his life, Marguerite Melton Morgan, passed away in 2012 after 68 years of marriage. Chuck is survived by his children, Charles L. Morgan (Linda) of Wichita, Jan Rosander of Tulsa, Okla., and Rodney C. Morgan (Jane) of Edmond; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Chuck's enduring legacy is to live life with integrity, love your family intensely, be faithful to God, and find inner joy in helping others.
Page 2 of 2 - A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Christian-Presbyterian Church in Pryor. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the church.