Richard Allan Morgan, 86, of Cape Girardeau passed on to his heavenly home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.
He was born December 24, 1929, in Cape Girardeau, to Thomas O. and Ida Idell Kinder Morgan. He grew up in Whitewater, Missouri, and graduated from Delta High School. He served his country in the Navy aboard the USS Missouri from 1948-1950.
On March 17, 1951, he married the love of his life, Patsy Quade, in Bell City, Missouri. With the onset of the Korean War, he again served his country from 1951-1953 with the Army 40th Infantry Division in Korea. He was assigned to the 578th Engineer Battalion and it was there that he honed his skills as a heavy equipment operator which he used over the rest of his life. He was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Richard worked in the excavating field which suited his love of the outdoors. He had the ability to envision and change landscapes from plots of dirt to beautiful lakes with his bulldozer. Many of the ponds and lakes in the area are the result of his labor. In 1968, he and Patsy created Hidden Valley Fishing Club near Gravel Hill, Missouri, and it still serves as a testament to his vision of a place of retreat. Instead of retiring, he spent his later years doing what he loved, working outdoors and managing land for Dr. Charles Cozean.
Though he had a quiet demeanor, his integrity, moral character and strong faith in God were evident to everyone who knew him and he never hesitated to help those in need. He was an amazing husband, dad, grandfather and great-grandfather, and he will be greatly missed.
Loving survivors include a son, Michael (Marsha) Morgan of Cape Girardeau; two daughters, Barbara (Gary) Kuelker of Washington, Missouri, and Sarah (Jim) Davis of Cape Girardeau; seven grandchildren, Rachael (Blake) Tenkhoff of Kansas City, Missouri, Zachary Morgan of Cape Girardeau, Megan Ulrich of Crested Butte, Colorado, Samuel, Nathan and Anna Davis, all of Cape Girardeau, and Jill Jones of Cape Coral, Florida; and a great-grandson, Brycen Jones. Also surviving are a sister, Mary Aleene (Norvel) Wampler of Jackson, three sisters in law, Ruby Cook of Jackson, Betty Brucker of Delta, and Jessie Quade of Potosi; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.
Richard was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Gordonville. Visitation will be on Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at the church from 12:30pm – 2:30pm with the funeral service beginning at 2:30pm. Interment will be in Christ Lutheran Church Cemetery in Gordonville following the service. There will be graveside Military Honors.
McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may take the form of contributions to Christ Lutheran Church.
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