Kenneth P. Morris, formerly of Delaware, Ohio, died on July 1, 2013, at home surrounded by his family after a battle with lung cancer. He was born April 19, 1941 and spent his youth in Oak Hill, W.Va., where he was an all-star five-sport athlete and graduated from Collins High School in 1959. He served in U.S. Army, spending three years stationed in Germany.
After graduating in engineering from West Virginia University, he moved to central Ohio with his wife Beverly (Barth) of Marietta, eventually settling in Delaware for 18 years. He worked as Project Engineer with Ashland Oil Co. (later bought by Degussa) from 1970 until his retirement in 2006. His family relocated with the company in 1993, residing on Dauphin Island, Ala. During his tenure he traveled extensively including Mexico, China, Germany, and a two-year assignment in Seoul, Korea. Kenneth was active in the American Legion, the Dauphin Island Water Board and the Dauphin Island Veteran's Association (DIVA). He was an avid golfer, "Mr. Fix-it," lover of dogs, cookouts, and WVU football.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly and three children: Alan (Bexley, Oh.), Margie (Hawaii), and Kathy (New York) as well as three grandchildren Preston, 7, Tomm, 6), and Annabelle, 5. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Dauphin Island Veteran's Association (DIVA) P.O. Box 1058, Dauphin Island, AL 36528. Private services will be held on Dauphin Island, AlA. in Oak Hill, W.Va., and in Marietta, Ohio.
Published in The Delaware Gazette on July 3, 2013