Edward Laverne Morga, of Harrison, Ark., died Sunday, June 9, 2013, in the loving care of family and friends.
Born in St. Joseph, Mo., April 17, 1940, to William and Hazel Wells Morga, he soon moved west with his family and they settled in the Salinas Valley. As a young man, Ed hit the ground running from the moment he arrived in King City.
He began at Tri’s Foodliner where he fine-tuned his work ethic working with Harvey, Doug and Jim. From there he ventured out and took over the Meadow Gold milk route. Locals still remember how he built his business with smile and service. Following his milkman career, he managed Oscar Daley’s shoe store while at the same time working nights at Bud’s Liquor store.
About 1963, Ed bought the Ken Bengard Farmer’s Insurance office and began building a business that was all his. He added real estate sales when he moved to a new office next to the post office. Ed added partners John Buttgereit and later Tom Pettitt eventually operating his businesses as Ed Morga Farmers Insurance Agency and Morga-Buttgereit and Pettitt Real Estate.
As busy as he was, Ed always found time to give back to his community. He was all-league in his leadership roles. He was a Jaycees member and president. He was a King City Chamber of Commerce member and president. He was a Knights of Columbus member and Grand Knight. He was a Rotarian and president. He was a city councilman and at that time King City’s youngest mayor serving from 1974 to 1976.
During all this time, as busy as he was, Ed was a loving and involved father to his daughters, Jo-Ellen Tropper and Linda Chapman. When Ed married Rebecca in 1981, Ed was happy to welcome Rebecca’s children, Amber Resnick and Glen Rosales, into the fold.
In the ‘80s Ed was promoted to District Manager of the Merced Farmers District and he and Rebecca moved to Merced, where they built their dream home and invested in the community. There they spent the next 19 years raising their kids and their grandkids. The Morgas, known for their family gatherings, invited all friends, new and old, and there was always a place for you when you visited. Ed was the perfect host and, as he said, “Mi casa es su casa.”
Ed retired from Farmers Insurance and in 2002, he and Rebecca moved to Harrison, Ark. There they quickly made many new friends, and in true Ed and Rebecca nature, convinced family to move to Arkansas as well. Ed loved real estate and he never stopped looking for a good investment. He flipped homes in Harrison and then he and Rebecca went on to build another dream home in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Together, they spent many a winter living the tropical life with their newfound friends and welcomed family for many visits.
Ed surrounded himself with loving family but he also had a brotherhood of men who he cherished as his trusted advisors. Ed and his best friends, John Buttgereit, Gary Medlin, Larry Stephanie and Jaime Fuentes traveled together, invested in real estate ventures together and they cared for each other as brothers do.
Ed is survived by his wife, Rebecca Morga, his four children, his two sisters, his four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held for Edward on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at St. John’s Parish Hall in King City. Services will begin at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Legacy Hospice, 215 North Chestnut Street, Harrison, AR 72601.
Online condolences can be made with Eddington Funeral Services, 333 East San Antonio Dr., King City, CA, (831) 385-5400, www.efs-cares.com.