Weatherford Democrat

December 27, 2012

Glenn Grover Morgan


Weatherford Democrat

— Glenn Grover Morgan, 89, of Weatherford, died Monday morning, Dec. 24, 2012, in  Weatherford Regional Medical Center.

A funeral service officiated by Rev. Robert Nimocks is 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at the Annetta United Methodist Church. Interment will be in the Newberry Cemetery. Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Visitation Thursday afternoon at the funeral chapel, 913 N. Elm, in Weatherford.

He was born in Bristow, Okla., on Oct. 14, 1923, to John and Winnifred Boggs Morgan.  He graduated from high school in Salem, Ill., and after his discharge from the Navy he was employed by Texaco Inc. for 37 years. Before leaving Salem, he met and married the “love of his life,” Mertie Jo Lowe Morgan. This past May, they celebrated 69 years of marriage.

On July 30, 1945, Glenn became part of the worst naval disaster in American history with the sinking of his ship, the USS Indianapolis. Just 317 sailors survived the ordeal, while more than 900 of their shipmates perished. He was an active member of the USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization and was always willing to share his story, especially loving to visit schools and speak to children. His family often joked that he never met a microphone he didn’t like.

A Bugle Master Third Class in the Navy, Glenn remained a musician all his life. From the deck of his home on a small lake, notes from his trumpet would skip across the water where neighbors, near and far, would be serenaded by the songs of Tommy Dorsey or Glenn Miller. For many somber occasions, he would sound “Taps.” From 1999 to 2011, he traveled to Midland, Texas, every Veterans Day to sound “Taps” at Rusk Elementary for their annual program. Those children loved him and he loved them back.

He was a great American, whose heart would “glow warm” at the sight of the flag. Part of the “Greatest Generation,” he was a self-made, self-taught man. He never stopped researching or learning and he never stopped teaching. Glenn had a repertoire of jokes and riddles that he generously shared through the years and they will continue to bring smiles and laughter to all who knew him.

Glenn will be dearly missed by many friends and by his wife, Mertie Jo, and son, Tom Morgan and his wife, Sharon, all of Weatherford; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, Michelle Morgan Hackleman and her husband, Paul, and their sons, Luke, Owen and Cole, of Texarkana, and Blaine Morgan and wife, Melissa, and their daughters, Kamille and Sophie, of Arlington. Extended family includes Bill and Kittie Sallee, of Weatherford, Sylvia and Clark Wood, of Austin, and Susan and Bard McMullen, of Colorado Springs, Colo. Other family members will also cherish his memory.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Drusilla Sallee; and a brother, John Perry Morgan.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization, 1073 Orange Ave East, St. Paul, MN 55106 (Attention Elko Perchyshyn, treasurer).

Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Chapel