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Obituary: George D. Morgan, Madison


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George D. Morgan, 76, of Madison, died at 6:45 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013, at King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Darlene Hambrick Morgan of Madison, Indiana; two sons: Troy Morgan and his wife, Lisa, of Madison, Indiana, and Trent Morgan and his wife, Jenni, of Columbus, Indiana; two stepsons, Robby Johnson and his wife, Amy, of Madison, Indiana, and Chris Tinker and his companion, Angel, of Madison, Indiana; his grandchildren, Kaylan Morgan, Haeli Morgan, Jacob Morgan, Paige Jones, Hailey Jones, Jordan Johnson and Kristin Johnson; his stepsisters, Norita Dattilo and her husband, John, of Madison, Indiana, and Donna Ann Bennett of Madison, Indiana; his brother-in-law, Roy T. Bentley Sr. of Madison, Indiana; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne T. Morgan, who died December 19, 1976, and Bessie Winters Morgan, who died in 1953; his stepmother, Mabel C. Jones Morgan, who died, August 29, 2010; his sisters, Norma Bentley, who died Sept. 25, 1991, and Betty Weaver, who died October 11, 2011; his brother, Forrest W. Morgan, who died July 21, 1979; his sister-in-law, Bonnie Morgan, who died October 31, 2003; his brother-in-law, William O. "Bill" Weaver Sr.; his aunts, Pearl Morgan, who died, August 5, 2007, and Fayetta B. Tucker who died May 24, 2002.

George entered this life on December 1, 1936, in North Madison, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late, Wayne T. and Bessie Winters Morgan. He was raised in North Madison and was a 1955 graduate of Madison High School.

George was inducted into the Indiana National Guard on April 7, 1953, and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, serving in Company A, Second Battalion, 138th Armor, and was honorably discharged on April 6, 1963. In 1953, George went to work early in life for the late John Gans at the Gans Funeral Home and Furniture Store in downtown Madison, and this began a long and faithful service to his community. George worked a short period of time for the Madison State Hospital, where he made many long-lasting friendships. He began full time employment at the Gans Funeral Home in June of 1960 and became owner of Gans Funeral Home in 1977 until he sold the funeral home in 1981.

George was united in marriage to J. Darlene Hambrick on February 15, 1980, in Madison, Indiana. He was a licensed EMT with Gans Ambulance Service and Hugh Garner Ambulance Service for many years. George was employed with Vail-Holt Memorial Funeral Home in downtown Madison and Hanover from 1985-1996. He had served as Vice President of Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre since 1996. Associated with funeral service in Madison for the past 60 years, his efforts to work compassionately with generations of local families have had a positive impact on the lives of those he has touched.

George enjoyed helping children in the community and many of his endeavors in life were to enrich the lives of Jefferson County Youth. He enjoyed driving a school bus for the same route for 25 years with the Madison Consolidated School System. He was a great supporter of the Jefferson County Republican Party and enjoyed seven years of service to the City of Madison as a City Councilman. He was a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Madison, the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765, Madison Elks Lodge No. 524, Historic Madison Inc., Union Lodge No. 2 F. & A.M., and the Prince of Peace Catholic Church.

George was a great supporter of the Jefferson County 4-H, the Friends of Shawe and Pope John as well as many other organizations in the community. He enjoyed riding and watching trains, collecting trains, raising bulldogs, the Ohio River, traveling and whistling. George found great enjoyment in wintering in Winter Haven, Florida, for the past several years.

He will be long remembered for his smile, caring and compassionate nature and hard work.

Funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at  Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 413 East Second Street in Madison, Indiana, with Father John A. Meyer officiating. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery in Madison. Calling will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:20 a.m. at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana.

The Rosary will be prayed on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. Masonic services will be conducted on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. by Union Lodge No. 2  F.& A.M., also at the funeral home. Flag presentation will be conducted by Jefferson American Legion Post No. 9.

The family requests memorials in memory of George be made to Prince of Peace Catholic Church or Lide White Boys & Girls Club. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.morgan-nay.com.

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