Charles Walen Morgan, Edmond, died Wednesday, July 24, surrounded by many loved ones. He was 95 years old.
Morgan was born in Cheek, on March 9, 1918. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Clarence E. Morgan of Marietta. He was one of nine children — four boys and five girls. A remaining sister, Maryette Clifton, resides in Killeen, Texas.
Morgan attended school in western Love County and graduated high school in Orr in 1936. He attended Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater in 1936 and 1937. He then spent a year in Wyoming with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and planted trees throughout the state. He 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.
Morgan 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 in the formation of the new school. From teaching at the college, he then moved to the oil-related field. In 1952, the family moved to El Dorado, Kan., where he was employed by the Skelly Oil Company. He worked at their refinery facility for 26 years. He retired as Head of Petro-Chemicals in 1978 at age 60.
In 1980, he and his wife decided to return 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 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.
Morgan served more than 40 years as an elder in various churches and most recently The Christian-Presbyterian Church in Pryor. He enjoyed 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.
He loved to play golf and was disappointed when forced to lay down his clubs at age 85.
Morgan’s wife Marguerite Melton Morgan, who he called the love of his life, died in 2012 after 68 years of marriage. He is survived by his children, Charles L. Morgan of Wichita, Kan., Jan Rosander of Tulsa, and Rodney C. Morgan of Edmond; daughters-in-law, Linda Morgan of Wichita and Jane Morgan of Edmond; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday July 27 at the Christian-Presbyterian Church in Pryor. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the church.