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Rey E. Morford

May 7, 2017

St. Marys—Rey E. Morford, 91, passed away Sunday May 7, 2017 at his home in St. Marys.

He was born May 5, 1926 at rural Delia, the son of Arthur and Josie Clouse Morford.  Rey grew up on the family farm and graduated from Emmett High School in 1944.  He served in the United States Army during WWII and received the Victory medal.

Rey had lived on the farm many years and moved to St. Marys in 2007.  When asked why he moved to town Rey said “seventy years of mud was enough”.  Rey had a variety of occupations including, working at Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Topeka, Firestone Tires in Topeka, the Rossville Dehydrator, Jeffrey Energy Center and he retired from Jackson County Road and Bridge Department.  Rey was also a farmer and rancher.  He was a member of Assumption Chapel in St. Marys. Rey had been a member of the American Legion in Holton, the Emmett Lions Club, had served on the Adrian Township Board and Cemetery Board along with being a member of the Delia School Board.  He had served as a committeeman for the Jackson County Republican Party.

On September 11, 1948 he was united in marriage to Patricia A. Cassity at Westmoreland.  She preceded him in death on May 27, 2004; he was also preceded in death by a son, David Morford on August 29, 2005; a grand-daughter Kristin Morford, July 4, 2010; a step-grandson, Shawn Perry;  his siblings, Lynn, Arthur and Larry Morford, Alice Pitney and Edith Davison.

Survivors include two sons, Arthur Morford, Topeka, William “Bill” (Nancy) Morford, St. Marys; three daughters, Diana (Bob) Dolezilek, Holton, Deborah (Richard) Beasterfeld, Belvue and Jean Holt, Holton; a sister, Louise Sedlacek, Frankfort, 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Morford will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.  A rosary will be recited at 10:00 A.M. Friday, May 12, 2017 at the funeral home. Interment with Military Honors will be at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Emmett.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, the Emmett Alumni Association or Great Lakes Hospice and sent in care of the funeral home.

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10 thoughts on “Rey E. Morford

  1. Although we will not be able to attend the visitation or funeral, please rest assured that all of your families are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort together in your memories of your loved one.

  2. Jean and Family:
    Diana and Family:
    I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May God lift you up, comfort you and give you peace.

    Scott and Sandy Allen

  3. Dear Morford family members,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Rey holds such a dear spot in my memories. He was the road grader when I was little (on those muddy roads) and I could see him coming with a smile on his face. I think many people knew him as “Smilin’ Rey”. He does deserve his eternal rest, though. He put in many years brightening this world with that smile and it will truly be missed. Please know that you are all in our prayers.

  4. Rey was one of my favorite patients at the dental office. He was always so much fun to visit with. My heart aches for his family. I know he will be greatly missed.

  5. Dear Debbie and all of your family and siblings,
    We are so sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort at this time of grief. Rey had a wonderful long and happy life. May he rest in peace.
    Our love, prayers and sympathy.
    Joe and Pauline Conley

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