Lester Leroy 'Roy' Morgan

September 2, 1920 - April 20, 2012

Roy was born Lester Leroy Morgan to Dessie Mae (Hill) and Wilford Charles Morgan September 2, 1920. As with most of his eight brothers and sisters he was born on the family farm near Declo, Idaho. He grew up working on the farm, raising animals, swimming in the nearby irrigation canals, and attending school fairly regularly, especially during football season. He met a little red-haired girl who lived up the road. One day, while riding the school bus, he teased her so much she popped him right in the nose - but more about her later.

After Roy finished with school he worked at a variety of farm and ranch jobs. On February 6, 1944, he married Virginia Ginny Fuqua, the previously mentioned, little red-haired girl. In 1945, he entered the United States Army. Ginny and their first two children stayed home when he traveled to Camp Roberts for training. Roy was stationed in the Philippine Islands during the last year of World War II and in Korea as part of the U.S. Occupation Forces. He was very proud of his service to his country and his family is very proud of him.

Shortly after Roy returned home, he and Ginny were blessed with two more children. After a life of farming and ranching he took a job in a print shop. He enjoyed it so much that, when he was offered a job in Medford, Ore., they moved the family in 1953. After several years working for others, he started his own business, Morgan Printing, in 1960. About the same time the last member finally joined the family. He retired in 1981 after his younger son bought the business.

Roy had many interests and most of them involved being outdoors. He especially enjoyed camping and boating with family and friends. He taught several generations to water ski. He himself slalom skied into his 70s. He always had a garden but after he retired it became a real passion. He grew enough vegetables for his home, his kids, his friends, his kids' friends, the neighbors, and anyone else within shouting distance. In his early 70s he began playing in a senior softball league and played his final game on his 80th birthday.

Roy is survived by a large and loving family including wife, Ginny; son, Richard (Sandy); daughter, Claudia Bates (Richard); son, Bill (Denise); daughter, Kelli Hope (Brad); 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brother, John Morgan; and sisters, Cleo Gee and Jean Carvey. He was preceded in death by his parents; several siblings; and his beloved eldest daughter, Nancy.

A memorial service will be held at Eagle Point National Cemetery Thursday, April 26, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Friends of the Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 92, Ashland OR 97520.

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