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William H. Morgan

August 12, 1929March 21, 2014
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MORGAN, William H., age 84, of Rochester, passed away March 21, 2014. A graduate of Michigan State University and one of its most ardent supporters, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during the Korean Conflict. He began his career with Elias Brothers Restaurants as a restaurant manager, working his way from the kitchen to the executive offices by serving the company in nearly every capacity. In 2001 Bill retired as the Senior Vice President of Big Boy International and was involved in growing the company from three initial establishments to the oversight of over 700 Big Boy franchises worldwide and stadium contracts in Michigan and Ohio. A tennis enthusiast, Bill founded and co-owned the Rochester Hills Racquet Club which evolved into the Rochester Hills Tennis and Swim Club. Always a contributor to the growth and well being for the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills, he served as the President of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Crittenton Development Council and the Greater Rochester Prayer Breakfast. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, the Rochester Rotary and the Avon Players. The definition of a loyal Spartan, Bill often answered the phone, “Spartan Locker Room,” and was a season football ticket holder for over 35 years. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the MSU Alumni Association and served as a Director and Board Member of the MSU Development Council. Bill personified community and his community was large. He was quoted as saying, “When you give nobly of yourself and your time, everyone wins. People with heart make the greatest difference in our community.” Bill was the husband and best friend of Helen, his wife of 55 years, who preceded him in death on September 10, 2011. Devoted and loving father of Mary Morgan, Martha Morgan and Bill (Susan) Morgan. Cherished and respected grandfather of Ruth, Molly, Jennifer and Stephanie. Also surviving Bill are his many nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo St. in Rochester. Visitation on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at PIXLEY FUNERAL HOME, 322 W. University Drive in downtown Rochester. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions in Bill’s memory be made to “The William H. and Helen Elias Morgan Scholarship,” Scholarship Allocation Code: A20002065, Michigan State University. 632 Bogue St., N505, East Lansing, MI 48824 or to The Crittenton Foundation, 1101 W. University Dr., Rochester, MI 48307.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

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April 5, 2014

I just found out about the passing of Bill Morgan as I live up North now. My years playing and working at Rochester Hills with Bill were wonderful as he and Helen were such great people. Nancy Butson Elk Rapids, Mi

March 30, 2014

Martha,
I just learned of your dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your dad was a great guy and one of the strongest school supporters I encountered in my 35 year career in education. I have such fond memories of both of your wonderful parents.
In deepest sympathy, Gary Doyle

Carol Schroeder (Gray)

March 27, 2014

Bill was absolutely the best! No one ever uttered an unkind word about him. Simply adored by all and a person you could count on to help in any situation. He was a devoted husband to Helen and a loving family man. Fortunately I was able to visit him in Ohio with Barb. Even then the same charm and care was there. He was a true hero and gentleman. Love you, Bill.

Tierney Orfgen

March 26, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family at this time. Bill made such a difference in our lives. We will remember that smile, his warm heart, and his generosity of spirit. He truly made the world a better place with his presence and he is sorely missed.

March 26, 2014

Martha, My dear childhood friend. I know that sounds old fashion, but it is so true! I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. After reading his obituary, I am in awe of him. What a man! Your parents were always so nice, funny, and welcoming. Please take care of yourself, and I will keep your parents, and your family in my thoughts and prayers. xo, Stacey (Lippert) Read

Jay / Judi Tragle

March 25, 2014

Our sympathy and prayers to the family of Bill Morgan. We remember Bill as a warm, friendly, courteous gentleman who was kind and pleasant to us and our children. We fondly remember our years of tennis at the Rochester Hills Tennis and Swim Club. All of our children became a part of the club at age four when they joined the Hot Dog Specials for little tots. They enjoyed their experiences so much they continued their love for tennis through high school and college. Judi and I enjoyed the Friday Night Mixers and the Junior Tournaments, they were a part of our lives years ago. I also fondly remember the Permanent Court Time which was enjoyed for 28 years along with many many other tennis friends These fond memories were made possible by Bill and the other owners and will be cherished forever.

March 25, 2014

Dear Morgan Family: a sad day but I can imagine H saying Hi Honey happy to see you. We miss them both ever so much.
Aloha Mal & Florence Johnson

Dave Wattles

March 25, 2014

My sincere thoughts and prayers to the entire family. I will always be grateful for being able to share moments in time with Bill & Helen as a kid. Laughing, learning and enjoying special times,still remember them because of Mr. & Mrs Morgan. Rest in Peace.

Barbara Kitchen

March 25, 2014

What a wonderful gift Bill Morgan was to many organizations and individuals. He was truly a special person to me and my family. He is in a better place with the love of his life.

Frank Music

March 25, 2014

We both had the pleasure of working with Bill for many years. He and Helen were a classy couple, always warm, kind and fun to be with. Our sympathy for their family, Frank and Carrie Music

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