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Milton K. Morgan, Jr.

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On December 9, 2011 @ 7:39 pm In Obituaries | 26 Comments

Milton K. Morgan Jr., 79, of Lancaster, died Friday, December 9, 2011 at Hospice of Lancaster County after a bout with cancer.
A Lancaster native, Milt built his life in the community where he grew up. He was a Manheim Township High School graduate, owner and president of the J. Walter Miller Co., an active civic group member and a lifelong Presbyterian.
Most of all, he was a family man, who was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He and his wife Lois Todd Morgan met in the seventh grade and were married 58 years.
Milt grew up in Eden and graduated from Manheim Township in 1950, later earning a Distinguished Alumni Award from the district.
After marrying Lois and earning his business degree at Penn State, Milt and his new wife left Lancaster County for his job at General Motors, in Defiance, Ohio. In 1958, the couple moved back home and Milt began his work at J. Walter Miller Co., the family business at 411 E. Chestnut St.
Begun in a one-car garage at North Queen and Chestnut streets in 1887 by his grandfather, J. Walter Miller, the company grew into a major manufacturer of commercial brass and bronze castings. In 1992, Milt retired from the business, which now is in his family’s fifth generation.
Outside of his business life, Milt was a 52-year member and past president of the Lancaster Northeast Rotary, with perfect attendance. He also coached the club’s midget baseball team for 25 years.
Since 1941, he was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, where he sang in the choir, served as an elder and trustee and was a life member of the George Mann Bible Class. He and his wife were lead donors in the update of the historic church building and supported its music programs and its mission work in Kenya.
When it came to Penn State, Milt was blue and white to the core. He and his wife supported the women’s basketball program, as well as the construction of the Bryce Jordan Center and the university’s baseball stadium, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Spurred by his admiration for the university’s commitment to the academic endeavors of athletes, Milt and his wife gave a major gift in 2005 establishing the Morgan Academic Support Center for Student Athletes. The center provides tutoring, study spaces in athletic facilities and laptop computers for student athletes. In 2008, the Morgans also endowed the Morgan Center director’s position. The couple enjoyed meeting student athletes and attending an annual academic awards banquet, to celebrate the accomplishments of the young people they wanted to see succeed. Milt and his wife also supported the arts locally, including the Fulton Theatre, the former Pennsylvania Academy of Music, and the Manheim Township Public Library. They also were supporters of renovations at Central Market, where Milt’s grandmother, mother and wife shopped.
Milt was a member of the Hamilton Club and a former member of Meadia Heights Golf Club and the Avalon Golf Club.
In addition to golf, Milt enjoyed bridge, walking, reading, sports in general and the Dodgers in particular.
Milt was the son of the late Milton K. and Elizabeth Miller Morgan. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Stella, wife of Fred Guion of Lancaster. He also is survived by his children: twin sons, Milton K. Morgan III, husband of Dory, of Lancaster, and Walter T. Morgan, husband of Vicky, of Oak Ridge, N.C.; a daughter, Sandy, wife of Dr. James Correll, of Prince George, Va.; and a son, Charles R. Morgan, husband of Janet, of Pompano Beach, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church, 140 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA with the Rev. Dr. Randolph T. Riggs officiating. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday morning from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Milt’s memory may be sent to First Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund, 140 E. Orange St., Lancaster, PA 17602; Manheim Township Public Library Foundation Endowment, 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster PA, 17601; or Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Condolences for the family of “Milton K. Morgan, Jr.”

Condolence from Theresa Castrenze on December 10th, 2011 7:32 am

What a great man we lost. My deepest sympathy to all of the family. I know at J Walter Miller he will be greatly missed. I have known Jr. for about 20 years and his advice, kindness and GM stories were always there when you needed them.
May you rest in peace in JR.

Condolence from BU and OZ MARKLEY on December 10th, 2011 10:48 am

We have many, many pleasant memories of Milt. Lois, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family. Love, Oz and Bu

Condolence from Wendy Fassett on December 10th, 2011 11:55 am

Dear Mrs. Morgan and family,

I remember all of you from many years at First Presbyterian. I especially remember Milt III and Walt, who were in my high school graduating class, and Sandy, who was in the class of my sister, Meredith.

I send condolences to you all. What I remember most of all about Mr. Morgan was his beautiful tenor voice, which we all enjoyed for a long time.

May the Lord Jesus Christ comfort you all.


Condolence from Brian G. Ross on December 10th, 2011 12:15 pm

Please accept my condolences and Prayers for Mr. Morgan, I am praying for his family that thay take comfort in the fact that Mr. Morgan lived a full and happy life and was a contributor to the lives of so many and was someone to look up to and to emulate his life.
GOD Bless you all,

Condolence from Cyndy Hartnett on December 10th, 2011 1:33 pm

What an amazing man!I had the pleasure of meeting him. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, hugs to Janet & Chuck.


Condolence from Margaret Markley Shirey on December 10th, 2011 8:32 pm

I send my sympathy to Mr. Morgan’s family. I have good childhood and high school memories of Stella and Milt, and also Lois may remember when she and I were nannies in the Catskill Mountains.

Condolence from Denise & Jerry Tozzi on December 10th, 2011 9:34 pm

To all the Morgans, we are so sorry for the loss of a husband, father and friend. Milt was a good man, we always enjoyed his and Lois’ company when in Ft. Lauderdale. He will be missed by many. God bless you!
Jerry and Denise Tozzi

Condolence from Stephen and Sally Harper on December 10th, 2011 10:51 pm

It was with joy we recall our friends Milt and Lois Morgan. We admire your long lives together, your generous time singing in the choir and your kind friendship. It is with sadness we think of you, Lois, as you bid goodbye to your life long partner and friend, Milt. Together, you accomplished so much for others in your alumni, civic and choral giving for so many years. You two are models for many of us.

We do remain active in choral music through the Duke University Chapel Choir, a church choir of about 100 voices. Yes, our weekly pro- and re-cessional processions often require an improvised interlude before tbe final hymn verse. It is a long aisle, too. It was never so long as the day I escorted our daughter, Karen, to the altar to be wed.

We send you our kindest regards, and we pray for the soul of Milt as he travels to lands unknown to us now. We offer our concern to you, as your life also changes in so many ways. May the Peace of our Lord comfort, comfort you, my people; and smooth the rough places you will face.


The Harpers

Condolence from Dawn Whittenberg on December 10th, 2011 11:03 pm

Any one that knew him can only say good things. He was a spiritual man and a wonderful family man. Our love and condolences to Chuck and Janet and the Morgan family. He is in a better place with no more pain.

Love Dawn and Vernon

Condolence from Peter Perrine on December 11th, 2011 7:54 am

Dear Mrs Morgan,

I’m very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. Many a time I remember my Mom, Doris talking very fondly of the both of you.

I wish you the best in this difficult time,

Peter Perrine

Condolence from HAROLD (JIM) FREY on December 11th, 2011 1:55 pm

As a Rotary member and friend of my late father, Milt will be dearly missed.

Condolence from Terry and Janice Ross on December 11th, 2011 2:52 pm

We were sorry to hear of your loss. To the entire Morgan family our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless you!

Condolence from Gary & Nan Graziano on December 11th, 2011 3:04 pm

We, and the Manheim Township community, like Milt’s beloved family, will miss him very much.

Milt was a fine man who believed in good works and backed up his belief with action. His legacy will endure as the contributions he made to our community in support of lifelong learning pay incalculable dividends now and in the future.

Bur for now, our thoughts and prayers are with Lois and the Morgan family.

Gary and Nan Graziano

Condolence from Roland & Kathie Larrabee on December 11th, 2011 5:47 pm

Dear Mrs. Morgan and family,

With our long acquaintance with Milt the 3rd and Dori, we vicariously came to know you and Mr Morgan. We especially have fond recollections of being invited to share a family Easter dinner with all of you when we were unable to share the holiday with any of our family, and also that great Penn State football game in the “sky box.” May you find comfort in the knowledge that so many people have you in their thoughts and prayers.

With best wishes,
Roland and Kathie Larrabee

Condolence from mo mazaheri on December 12th, 2011 4:15 am

our sincerest sympathy to milt morgan jr family mo mazaheri from Iran

Condolence from Steve Nissly on December 12th, 2011 8:10 am

My condolences to you and your family. Take peace in the fact that he lived such a full life and was a great influence on many people. Milt always made a point to ask me about my family and how they were doing, that meant a lot to me. It has been an honor to have known and worked for Milt and his family these past 16 years. He will be missed.

Condolence from Norma Durham on December 12th, 2011 11:21 am

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones in your time of loss.

Condolence from Kathy Hughes Seaber on December 12th, 2011 2:26 pm

The Hughes/Seaber families send our heartfelt sympathies. Too much time has passed without seeing each other, but our memories are many. I especially remember little league baseball games coached by Mr. Morgan with my dad as his assistant. My brothers learned so much from both dads.

It is very hard to lose a parent, but the memories live on forever in your heart. May those memories comfort you at this sad time.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Kathy Hughes Seaber

Condolence from William J Nagy Jr. on December 12th, 2011 2:29 pm

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I’m sorry I will be unable to attend the services I have a meeting on Tuesday.

Condolence from Bob Brown on December 12th, 2011 3:39 pm

Dear Morgans:

I played baseball for Milt over 30 years ago. I’m sure I remember very few coaches over my years of playing various sports, but Milt was one I always remember. A true gentleman, a man who loved the game. And, he had a special talent for handling teenagers.

He was steady and thoughtful, encouraging and earnest. Many of my teammates will remember him too. We often talked about him at our reunions.

I have coached many teams myself over the years and I hope that some of those kids will have the same great memories of playing for their coach as I have for Milt. All these year later, his memory remains. It must, therefore, last many, many more years through the many people his life has touched.

Bob Brown
Bethlehem, PA

Condolence from Ron VanDyck on December 12th, 2011 6:05 pm

Milt was a special human being who left me feeling like a better person after every one of our dozens of encounters over the last 35 years. I am proud to have known him & I will miss him.

Condolence from mervin ness on December 13th, 2011 7:12 pm

milt was a great man whom I have had the priviledge to have worked for almost 30 years. a good and honest family man who always treated me well, he will be sorely missed. thank you for 30 good years.

Mervin Ness

Condolence from Glenda Schlaifer on December 13th, 2011 10:50 pm

Dear Morgan Family,
I was so sad to learn of Milt’s passing. I worked at J. Walter Miller for five and a half years and I always had a great deal of respect for Milt as a boss as well as a friend. My heart goes out to all of you and I know you will have wonderful memories of Milt.

Condolence from Ruth S. Iredale on December 14th, 2011 3:31 pm

Dear Lois,

I extend to you my deepest sympathy. I was so sorry to hear of Milt’s death. I have many wonderful memories of our times together, playing bridge and enjoying each other’s company. I have learned that those memories warm our hearts when life is sad.
I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Condolence from FRED E. THIEMER on December 14th, 2011 3:49 pm


Condolence from Chris Shaheen on February 15th, 2012 11:56 am

Dear Mrs. Morgan and family,
My mother recently was visiting my family in Minnesota and shared Milt’s obituary with me. I was very sad to hear of his passing. I played for Milt on the Rotary midget team back in the late 70’s. My late father, Jerry, helped Milt coach. Our team had a lot of success — we won the Landisvile and New Era tournaments in 1978. I have such fond memories of Milt from those days. He was such a gentleman and my favorite coach from my junior high and high school playing days. It was also apparent to me how much my Dad enjoyed his company. I hope that all of you can find comfort in your faith and your memories and the knowledge that his was a life well-lived.
Warm Regards,
Chris Shaheen

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