William C. "Bill" Morman (1921-2010)
William C. "Bill" Morman, 88, of Catlettsburg, passed away peacefully on March 17, 2010.
Bill was born Aug. 20, 1921, in Ashland, Ky., to the late Charles and Ida Hilgenberg Morman. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Wilma Yvonne "Bonnie" Cornette Morman; his brother, Charles "Bud" Morman; and his sisters, Lydia Stacy, Dora Fanning and Mary Wells.
Bill is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Rodney William and Shelia Morman; his granddaughters and their husbands, Heather and Larry Lucas and Amber and Kevin Burke; his grandson and his wife, Ray and Kim Price; and his great-grandchildren, Dillon Lucas, Justin Lucas, Amelia Lucas, Alaina Lucas, Jessie Burke and Mattie Rae Price. He is also survived by a special niece, Joyce Carter Brammell and her husband, Leonard.
Bill grew up on the corner of 26th Street and May Court and attended Ashland High School, where he was involved in ROTC and manual arts. He knew from the moment he saw Bonnie that she would be his wife, and they married on May 16, 1942. Soon after, Bill left for World War II serving with the Seventh Army in North Africa and Sicily and the Third Army in the European Theater. After the end of the war, he returned home to start his family. Bill spent 33 years working as laborer, then switchman then conductor at Armco Steel. He played fast-pitch softball in the Ashland Industrial League and was an avid tennis player. A sports fan for his entire life, he followed high school and college basketball and football. He especially enjoyed cheering on UK with his son.
Bill retired in 1982 and spent his golden years doing all the things he enjoyed. His love of woodworking will be passed down for generations to come in the carefully crafted furniture he made for his family and friends. He and Bonnie added a room onto their house for their grandchildren, Bill doing most of the work himself. He spent time in his yard making it beautiful for Bonnie and enjoying God's creatures and creation. He loved his cats like family and took special care of them. Bill loved to watch his great-grandchildren play and to bring them bear cookies in his special wooden bowls. He was a quiet, gentle soul who loved deeply and served unceasingly.
From the day Bill met Bonnie, he wanted nothing more than to be by her side. His family finds comfort in knowing that they are once again together in heaven.
Funeral services will be today, March 19, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland with the Rev. Jimm Smedley officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Burial Park, with military graveside services by Kenova American Legion Post 93.
Serving as pallbearers will be Leonard Brammell, Kevin Burke, Charlie Cornette, Mike Cornette, Larry Lucas and Ray Price.
The family will receive friends after 10 a.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 1538 Central Ave., Ashland, KY 41101.