HOWLAND - Ardel Morgan, 96, died April 23, 2014, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born April 28, 1917, in Allister, W.Va., to the late Ransel and Bonnie McAllister Morgan.
Ardel was raised in Moundsville, W.Va., where his family owned a grocery store. He spent summers on his grandparents' farm with a loving extended family.
Ardel had one younger brother, Melville Morgan, with whom he remained close until Melville's passing in 2000.
He married his lifelong love, Barbara Ellen Knowlton Morgan, in 1941, and enjoyed 72 years of a truly loving partnership. Ardel and Barbara raised three children, Scott (Kay) Morgan, Ellen (Jim) Morgan Dieter Cufr and Beverly (Tom) Morgan Wood.
Beverly Morgan Wood and son-in law, Gary Dieter, preceded Ardel in death.
Ardel enjoyed his children and was immensely proud of each of them and their families.
Ardel was a devoted grandfather to his six grandchildren, Beth Morgan, Paul Dieter, Melissa Morgan, Jennifer Griffith, Justin Wood and Jarrod Wood; nine great-grandchildren; and stepgreat-granddaughter. Ardel was also a loving uncle to his nieces and nephews.
Ardel served his country in the U.S. Army from 1941-1945 during World War II, retiring as a captain. Upon returning from the war, Ardel entered the home building business and founded the McAllister and Morgan Lumber Company in 1946 with his uncle, Clair McAllister.
Ardel managed the business until his retirement.
Ardel was active in his community his entire life as a member of numerous clubs, committees and boards. He was a thoughtful and exuberant man, fully engaged in living life to the fullest.
Ardel loved learning. He sought out challenges and became a skilled airplane pilot, motorboat captain and excelled at many competitive word games. Ardel enjoyed engaging in rich conversations with children and adults and set an example by truly listening, learning and, from time to time, modifying his views.
He believed in personal responsibility and tolerance of others. His family reflects his acceptance of gender, race and religious differences.
He was deeply loved and will be dearly missed.
The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Howland Community Church, 198 Niles Cortland Road S.E., Warren. A memorial service will follow at noon with the Rev. Brian Byrne officiating.
Private inurnment will be at Crown Hill Burial Park, Vienna.
The family wishes to thank the kind and caring nurses and staff of MVI Hospice Care, and the many friends for their loving support.
Anyone desiring to make a material tribute may do so to the Children's Rehabilitation Center, 885 Howland Wilson Road N.E., Warren, OH 44484; Howland Community Church, 198 Niles Cortland Road S.E., Warren, OH 44484; or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements are entrusted to McFarland and Son Funeral and Cremation Services Co., 271 North Park Avenue, Warren, OH 44481, 330-393-9621.
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