Lawson J. "Bud" Morey, 90, born December 23, 1922, peacefully fell asleep in Jesus on October 25, 2013, at his Marble Lake home on Lakeside Drive in Quincy, Michigan. The family will have a private viewing followed by a public graveside service at Lakeview Cemetery in Quincy, Mich., where Lawson will await the resurrection at the return of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cora Marie Durham Morey (d. 2005). Together they brought four children into the world, Dennis Lawson Morey (Vicky), Ottawa Lake, Mich., Debra Lee Morey Dis Racz (Marty), Quincy, Mich., Beth Marie Morey Ewing (Robert) Dexter, Mich., and Amy Jo Morey Pisarski Annarino, Toledo, Ohio. Marble Lake neighbors, Jan and Tim Russell, are included as family as Mr. Morey referred to Jan as his "adopted" daughter for all the years of care and friendship she and Tim gave to both him and Cora. All his children remember their parents' rich love relationship as a model they can never forget, but hope to emulate.
Mr. Morey was born in Holgate, Ohio, to Andrew Arthur Morey and Daphna Meeker Morey Rohrs. He was fourth of eight children, Margaret F. Morey Rostetter Reiter, Quincy, Mich., Elizabeth Morey Strine (d), Bette Morey Babcock (d), Baby Ruth Morey (d), Frederick Rohrs (d), Patty Rohrs Straw (d), and Imorene "Mickey" Rohrs Rubley (Donald), of Coldwater, Mich., and Sun City, Arizona.
His grandfather, Lawson A. Meeker, was a medical doctor who graduated from the University of Louisville, Kentucky School of Medicine in 1897 and practiced in Holgate, Ohio. He remembered his musically talented father, Andrew A. Morey, sold fruit during the Depression before he became a licensed chiropractor. Young Lawson Morey earned money as a shoeshine boy in his brother-in-law's shop in Defiance, Ohio, and boxed in the Golden Gloves. As a youth of 10 or 12, Lawson worked as an assistant to a veterinary, and was inspired to study vet science one day himself. He graduated from Defiance High School in 1940, and attended their 72nd class reunion in July 2012. Before the war, he learned the plastering trade, and worked in Toledo for Hercules Fence Company.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II as a Naval Air Corps Cadet in Idaho where he learned to fly. On January 29, 1944, Lawson Joe Morey and Cora Marie Durham (b. 1925) of Maumee, Ohio, were united in marriage and celebrated sixty-one anniversaries together. His bride, Cora, traveled with him working for the war effort and AT&T as a telephone operator supervisor. They were stationed at St. Mary's College in Berkley, Calif.; Providence, Rhode Island; and Chicago, Ill., before Bud was honorably discharged as a 3rd Class carpenter at the end of the war.
Bud started to attend the University of Toledo to pursue veterinary studies, but quickly adapted to his career as a plasterer to support his young family, eventually serving a term as president of the Lathing and Plasterers Association of Toledo. Cora and Bud were owners of L.J. Morey Plastering, Inc. on Laskey Road for many years before retiring and becoming silent partners in O & S Construction among other enterprises. Morey Plastering landed some large projects, i.e. the old Federal Building in downtown Toledo, the Stranahan Theatre (Masonic Auditorium), and Lake Park complexes in Sylvania, Ohio.
An avid bowler, Bud attended tournaments through out the U.S. with teammates on the Young Businessman's League. Bud enjoyed bow and arrow fishing, and golf. He had a zeal for watching the PGA, the NBA, and March Madness.
Bud was a 50 years plus member of the Masons and Shriners. Bud served several terms as president of Sertoma, Service to Mankind, and helped support their many charitable endeavors including the circus.
Bud attended Altarsgate United Methodist Church, Four Square Gospel Church, Calvary Bible Chapel in Toledo, the Coldwater Church of the Nazarene, and most recently the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He dated his born-again experience from his lung surgery preparation on February 29, 1980, when he also quit smoking. He found peace in reading Romans 5:1-11, "Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ," which he had laminated. Mr. Morey became a Gideon, and also completed hospice volunteer training at Community Health Center in Branch County, Mich.
Bud and Cora made their retirement home on Marble Lake in Quincy, Mich., wintering in Arcadia, Florida, where he developed his hobby of woodcarving. In 2006, after five years as Cora's faithful caregiver, Bud continued as a snowbird with his daughter and son-in-law, Deb and Marty to Florida near Daytona Beach.
In spite of daunting challenges with asbestosis, COPD, and being on oxygen 24/7, Bud adopted the motto, "If not now, when?" As a result, since he turned 81 he has been escorted by family members to Arizona, Alaska, Texas, Florida and places in between. Challenged with bladder cancer in 2012, Bud was in treatment at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, and Florida, but continued with a great attitude and even a greater love for his Lord Jesus Christ and his family.
His dry, off-beat sense of humor and witty replies made any conversation an experience not soon forgotten. He always seemed to make his friends and caretakers feel better when they left than when they came. He carried a card in his wallet for years that said, "Lose your temper, and don't find it again."
If he could pass any advice on to his eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, it would be to protect your lungs and give up smoking. He would sometimes give this advice to children who were curious enough to ask about the oxygen he wore. "If I had known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself."
Grandchildren are: Kimberly Kramer Cravey (James), Apopka, Florida; Nicole Rochelle Morey (Mike Hart), Toledo, Ohio; Russell Lawson Morey, Toledo, Ohio; Carmen-Monique Dis, St. Helena, Calif.; Megan Marie Ewing, Dexter, Mich.; Stephen C.C. Ewing (Katie) Ann Arbor, Mich.; Benjamin Pisarski, Ill. (d.); Lawson Wesley Pisarski, Coldwater, Mich.; Christine Elizabeth Annarino, Hamilton, Ohio.
Great-grandchildren are: Madalynn Leigh Pisarski, Madison Kaleigh Pisarski, Helena Gray Hart, Christopher Morey Hart, James Clayton Cravey, William Jack Cravey, Emily Kristine Cravey, and Elka Elise Ewing.
Condolences may be expressed or memories shared at http://www.eaglefuneralhomes.com/obits/Quincy.
Flowers or cards may be sent to Eagle Funeral Home-George White Chapel, 111 East Chicago Street, Quincy, MI 49082, phone 517-639-9835.
Today at 2:30 p.m., October 27, 2013, a public graveside service will be held at Lakeview Cemetery in Quincy, Michigan. Pastor Robert Tharp, Coldwater Church of the Nazarene, and Pastor Joel D. Nephew, Michigan Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists will officiate. All are invited to attend.
Pallbearers are: Dennis Morey, Marty Racz, Robert Ewing, Gary Rostetter, Russell L. Morey, Lawson Wesley Pisarski. Alternate pallbearers are: James Rostetter, Mike Hart, Tim Russell.
As a youth Lawson memorized this quote as his motto and posted it on his fridge, "I expect to pass through this world once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again."