Dr. Frank J. Morales

October 10, 1931 ‒ October 15, 2003

Dr. Frank J. Morales, 72, of 413 Laughbaum Drive, Galion, died Wednesday, October 15, 2003 in Rosewood Manor Nursing Center, Galion, after a long illness.

Born October 10, 1931 in Galion, Ohio, he was the son of the late John Morales and Pauline Rodriguez Morales.

He is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Galion. He moved to Galion from California in 2002 to be near his family. He is a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Korean War on the USS McGowan.

He graduated from Galion High School in 1950, received a B.S. in Business Education and Spanish from Ohio State University in 1961; a Masters Degree in Spanish and Education from Purdue in 1963 and a Ph.D. in Modern Languages from the University of New Mexico in 1976. In the 1960’s he studied and traveled extensively in Mexico. He taught Spanish at the Universidad de Guadalajara for the University of Arizona’s summer school in that city from 1964-1965.

He was an instructor of Spanish at Illinois State University from 1964-1970, a Professor of Spanish in the Division of Teacher Education at California State University, Hayward from 1974-1977. From 1977 until retirement in the early 1990’s he was with the Merced County Office of Migrant Education in Merced, Calif. He was the Associate Director and Director of Bilingual Education for Merced County Schools. In addition he was an independent consultant to San Joaquin Valley School Districts on bilingual/bicultural education.

His areas of specialization included mentoring other teachers and the instruction of Hispanic children, including high risk children, from the families of migrant farm workers. After retirement he continued to be involved in the education of children from migrant farm working families as a volunteer.

He was also active in the instruction of all children in the Spanish language. He served as a positive role model for Hispanic children and was highly respected as an educator by the Hispanic community. Dr. Morales also contributed his own funds to purchase playground equipment for the Balico-Cressy Schools and for schools in Merced, Calif.

He was active and devoted to his church in Calif. He helped contribute to the construction of the new St. Patrick’s Church in Merced. In recent years he traveled to various cities around the country for reunions with his shipmates from the destroyer USS McGowan, they served with distinction in the Korean War.

Surviving are his son, Thomas Morales, of Albuquerque, N.M., two sisters, Mary Morales, and Carmela Smith, a brother, Paul “Curly” Morales, all of Galion, a niece, Sylvia Smith, of Broadview Heights, his former wife, Phyllis Menges and his former mother-in-law, Ruth Menges, of Albuquerque, N.M., special friends, Mark and Margaret Lewis, of Merced, Calif. and their sons Brian, Robert and Christopher.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, October 17, at Richardson-Davis Funeral Home where Vigil Services will be held at 8:30 p.m. Friday during calling hours with Deacon Greg Kirk officiating. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 18. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Full Military Graveside Services will be held by Galion Area Veterans Organizations.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Crawford County Humane Society in care of Richardson-Davis Funeral Home.