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 Gerald Morlan

Gerald Morlan

Albany, Linn County, Oregon, USA
Death 31 Jul 2013 (aged 85)
Burial West Salem, Polk County, Oregon, USA
Plot Garden of Communion
Memorial ID 131658115 · View Source
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Gerald Wilbur Morlan

February 12, 1928 - July 31, 2013

SALEM - Capital Manor resident Gerald W. Morlan of Salem, Oregon passed away Wednesday morning at the age of 85. He is survived by his wife of 65 years Betty Ediger Morlan, a daughter Kareen M. Hashberger of Albany, a son Mark G. Morlan of Chehalis, Washington, A brother Gail Morlan of Dallas, Oregon, 5 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Gerald was born in Albany, Oregon and enjoyed a lifetime passion for farming. He expanded his row crop farming career in the Independence area after the hop production decline in the early 1950's. An early innovator of farm equipment, he was a leader in mechanization of many aspects, for the production of strawberries, pole beans, corn and carrots. Gerald and Betty employed hundreds of local and seasonal workers in the strawberry and bean fields and are fondly remembered by many for giving them their first on the job training. Gerald served on the Board of Blue Lake Packers cannery and also as a Governor appointee to the Strawberry Council.

In other activities and interests he was a long time member and active in the Independence First Baptist Church where he served as Sunday School Superintendant, Trustee and Deacon. A strong supporter in the early development of parks and recreation he served many years on the Polk County and State Park Board. A long time pilot he logged hundreds of hours traveling with the International Flying Farmers and was a member of Oregon Flying Farmers.

Gerald will be remembered by family and close friends for his deep faith in God, his devotion to family and his gift of encouragement.

The family thanks Capital Manor's care staff and Willamette Valley Hospice for the loving care that Gerald received. Contributions may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice or Capital Manor Foundation.

A Memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 8th at 2:00 pm at Capital Manor in Salem, Oregon. Arrangements by Restlawn Funeral Home, Salem, Oregon.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Aug. 6, 2013




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  • Find A Grave Memorial 131658115
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gerald Morlan (12 Feb 1928–31 Jul 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 131658115, citing Restlawn Memory Gardens, West Salem, Polk County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Patty C (contributor 46926670) .