Robert R. Morgan

April 01, 1945 ‒ March 01, 2016

Lewis Center, Ohio

Robert R. Morgan, 70, a long-time resident of Delaware County, passed away on March 1, 2016 surrounded by loving family and friends.  Bob served as Superintendent of the Delaware County Board of Development Disabilities for 31 years and retired in May of 2015.

Bob is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lynn McDowell Morgan and his sons, Tyler (Ashley Petry) and Ryan (Karen & Evan Riley); Sisters, Karen (Steve) Noland and Lavonne (Agustin) Fabregas; Brother-in-law, Robert (Lynda) McDowell; Nieces, Shannon McDowell, Cheryl McKeever, Nicole McKeever, Alhena Gonzalez Zulueta, Danika Bishop and Jade Lugo; Nephews, Ecmay (Yanet Lugo) Gonzalez Mendieta, Nikolas McKeever, and Leandro Gonzalez Zulueta; Uncles, Dorsey (Anne) Romine, William Romine; Aunt, Elizabeth Whetstone; a large extended family of cousins and friends, too numerous to count.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Virginia Morgan of Tallmadge, Ohio.

Bob worked through high school and college at Boy Scout Camp Manitoc, YMCA Camp Y-Noah, and served as Tallmadge YMCA Youth Director.  Bob earned the rank of Eagle Scout in the BSA Organization.  He graduated from Mt. Union College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, where he was a scholarship athlete lettering 3 years on the Varsity Football Team.  Go Purple Raiders!  He also graduated from Akron University with a Master of Arts in Education.  He served in the U.S. Army as a Captain in Military Intelligence and was stationed in Germany.  Along with Bob’s many civic and business responsibilities, he always found time to play Santa Claus for all those who believe.

A memorial service will be held at Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William Street at Valleyside Dr, Delaware, Ohio 43015 on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations made to the Robert Morgan Memorial Fund, 8917 S Old State Rd. # 158, Lewis Center, OH 43035.  The proceeds will be divided among Bob’s passionate support for Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities – Early Intervention Program, Boy Scouts of America, and YMCA Camp Y-Noah in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio.

Bob will be interred with military honors at The Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in a private service.

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  • Loving thoughts of Bob and his family. He was a wonderful boss, mentor and friend. He made a huge impact on my life and I will always carry him in my heart. Prayers of peace for his family whom he loved more than anything.

  • Dear Lynn, Tyler and Ryan,

    My deepest condolences and prayers are with you and your family. Remember, our loved ones are not lost when we know where they have gone after their passing. May God bless you and comfort you in the knowledge that Bob is at peace in Christ’s warm and everlasting embrace.

  • Bob was an awesome person, in and out of the world of developmental disabilities. I am deeply saddened that he is no longer with us. His passion for those who needed a champion (although he would not call himself that) is beyond compare. My condolences to his wonderful wife and children. I can not imagine the void this has left you. My prayers and tears of joy over the great things Bob did I share with you. God Bless your family.

  • Bob was so inspirational and will be in our hearts and memories. Our deepest sympathy to his family and close friends.

  • I am so saddened by this news. My deepest sympathy to all of the family. I wish I could be there Saturday and I know mom would love to be there. Know that I will have you all in my thoughts and prayers!
    Ruth Ann

  • On behalf of everyone here at the Wyandot County Board of Developmental Disabilities, thank you to Bob’s family for sharing him with our field and with the numerous children and adults whose lives he impacted as a result. You are in our deepest thoughts and prayers.

  • My deepest condolences to the Morgan family and the staff at DCBDD. The few times I met Bob, he always was so kind and friendly. May the happy memories bring everyone peace at this time of loss.

  • So very sorry for your family and the Delaware Community. My children and grandchildren grew up with Santa in the sleigh, beginning at Hickory Knoll. Such great memories of the perfect Santa as well as the strong advocate for special need people.

  • As the mother of a daughter with severe autism who attends ALPHA, Bob was very supportive when we needed it the most. What a wonderful human being.

  • Dear Lynn, Tyler and Ryan,

    Our most sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved Bob. He was a wonderful man and an amazing boss and mentor. His vision and passion regularly inspired me and taught me more than I can put into words. The world and especially Delaware County is a better place because of Bob. Thank you for sharing him with our staff and the individuals and families we serve. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Lynn, Tyler and Ryan:

    My most sincere condolences to you and the entire Morgan Family. Bob will be missed by so many. He created a system of care for individual’s with Disabilities in Delaware County that was second to none! His vision and ability to implement that vision is and will remain priceless to the families served and the Delaware County Community at large. He was a Friend and a Champion to so many, including me.

  • So very sorry to hear of this sad news. I have know Bob on and off over 30 years. Wishing his family peace and prayers to the Morgan family. Linda Reece Kelsey

  • To Lynn and your sons, I give my deepest sympathy! It is so sad to think of Bob’s many years in the field of developmental disabilities and that his retirement was so short. He and I always joked around about us being the two finalists for the position of Superintendent at Delaware CBDD… is obvious that he was an amazing leader and visionary in that position. He will be missed by many. You are in my thoughts.

  • Bob was a great friend to all Superintendents and all others in the DD system. I am so sorry that he didn’t get to enjoy retirement longer and I know he will be missed. However, his legacy will not be forgotten, and many individuals are living full lives because of his work.

  • Dear Lynn, Tyler, and Ryan
    Our sincere sympathies to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bob was a great friend and true champion for people with developmental disabilites. He will be sorely missed and always remembered.

  • Mrs. Morgan and Family,
    I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Bob. He was a true visionary and strong advocate for individuals with disabilities. He was also a great boss and mentor to me. You have my deepest and sincere sympathy. God Bless.

  • Lavonne, you and your family have my condolences and best wishes. It is so difficult to lose a sibling. I have been there. Your brother must have been a wonderful person

  • Please accepted my deepest sympathies. Bob was a larger than life figure in Ohio’s field of developmental disabilities. He was passionate in his desire to see the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families improved through a widespread system of supports. His legacy will live on as he touched a lot of lives and taught a lot of professionals a different way of providing supports.

  • My deepest condolences to the entire Morgan family. I appreciate everything he has done for our special needs community.

  • Lynn and Family,
    We mourn with you. Bob was a wonderful colleague, friend and Bad Aibling veteran. We cherish the memories.
    Bill and Maureen

  • I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the Morgan family. Bob was a tremendous leader in the field of developmental disabilities. All of us who either are or were Superintendents appreciated his vision. He increased the opportunities for the voices of people with developmental disabilities to be heard and increased the opportunities for people with dd to actively participate in their communities. I hope there is comfort in the knowledge that he has left a wonderful legacy.

  • Bob made such a significant change in so many lives, including my own. His ability to create positive change, through his nurturing support live on in the lives us all.

  • Lynn, Tyler and Ryan–Our deepest condolences. Bob and Lynn were our sponsors and good friends at Bad Aibling 45 years ago and we have stayed in touch……some testament to both Bob and Lynn’s character and patience. We will miss him greatly but remember our time together with great fondness. Bob has left a lasting mark.

  • Lynn, Ryan, Tyler & family,
    Words can not express how deeply sorry we are for your loss. Bob was a true hero in every sense of the word. A visionary leader and teacher who worked tirelessly for those with developmental disabilities. We will be forever grateful for his advocacy on behalf of all of our families. It was truly an honor to know him and work with him on the Board. He will be greatly missed. His legacy will live on in all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • I am truly sorry for your loss. I worked with Bob many years in serving people with developmental diasabilities. He was always passionate and articulate in voicing his beliefs in service and greatly influenced many people. I extend my condolences to your family and to the community he served.

  • Lynn, Tyler, and Ryan. We are so sorry at the passing of Bob. He was an inspiration to so many who fought for the disabled. Bob was always a front runner in moving the county board into new programs to make things better. His passion for people with disabilities was well known and the support of the families served was a testament of his devotion to help so many. This is a great loss to Delaware. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Jim and Sandy Coffee

  • Lynn and Family,

    Deepest sympathy to you and your family. Bob was a wonderful man who was respected and had a huge impact on the field of developmental disabilities. Bob was passionate about EVERYTHING he did and it showed with the respect he earned from his peers and the people that he worked with. Bob was a huge part of PAR over the years and made the organization an amazing place for people to learn and network. He paved the way in the field as a superintendent, always trying new things and pushing boundaries. I am proud of what Bob accomplished and the legacy he will always leave with many of us! I am thankful to have gotten to work with Bob over the years and learn from him and enjoy his sense of humor. You are in my prayers! Much love.

  • My deepest condolences to Bob’s family and friends. Bob has touched many lives of the early intervention kids and school aged kids who visit Sensitive Santa every Christmas. Bob’s never ending legacy at the Board will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. I am so sorry for your loss…

  • I had the privilege of meeting Bob 23 yrs ago when I moved to Delaware, Ohio. I learned quickly of the passion and joy Bob had for DCBDD. It was a pleasure to know Bob and to be a part of an awesome team.
    Penny Absher Huff

  • Bob was always such an inspiration to me and challenged me to think outside of the government “status quo” box. His legacy surely will live on for years through those who learned from his wisdom.

  • I am very sorry for your loss. Bob was an amazing man. I looked up to him for many reason; the amazing way he loved you Lynn and look on his face and the twinkle in his eyes when he spoke of you, how proud he was of his boys, the commitment and passion he had for his work and the Delaware County Board of DD, his leasership as he lead by example, his honesty, his love of children and playing Santa, and most of all his wonderful laugh. He was my mentor, and I will miss him, but I feel incredibly blessed to have known him. Love you Bob!

    Sharon Weare Travis

  • Lynn and family. Our deepest condolences to our friends of 45 years. Bob was ever cheerful and both of you were wonderful traveling companions as we all discovered Germany all those long years ago.. Bob will be missed but always part of our Bad Ainling memories. Vic and Laura

  • I’m reading through these condolences and memories and I can’t help but think of one of the things Bob spoke so passionately about before retiring…”legacy.” Bob, you have done what you set out to do. You have created a legacy in all you have done. Your legacy is a noble one and remains in every life you have touched through your work and the way you lived your life. People with disabilities in our community can live easier and more freely because of what you fought for. People can learn to believe in love because of how deeply you loved your beautiful Lynn and your children. People can follow your example and stand up for what they believe in, as you always did.
    I know his memory will live on in my heart and my son’s. We send our heartfelt love and support to you Lynn, Tyler and Ryan. He will be greatly missed.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. Mr. Morgan sounds like he was an amazing ma. May God comfort you and help you remember all of the good times you’ve shared with him. Praying for all of you.

  • Lynn, Tyler, and Ryan,

    I consider myself and my family so lucky to have been a part of Bob’s life. He was truly a great man in so many ways – husband, father, mentor, friend, boss, supporter in difficult times. He was passionate about all he did. He changed the world and made a difference in so many people’s lives both personally and professionally. He always wanted the best for everyone. Bob talked so proudly about you, Tyler and Ryan. Lynn, I don’t think I have ever met anyone that loved his wife as much as Bob. He adored you and was never afraid to express it. His legacy will go on for many years to come. My children grew up in his warm and loving Santa lap. I will cherish those pictures forever. Words cannot begin to express how much he meant to us. I am so sorry for your loss and wish you much sympathy during these difficult times. Thank you for sharing Bob with us.

  • Lynn and boys,
    We are deeply saddened to hear about Bob’s passing. Doreen and I shared many good times in your home as we geared up to invigorate Ohio, based on Bob vision of every individual has the ability to earn an income. I am honored to have been a part of Bob’s legacy. We sure put in some mileage across Ohio driving with Bob.
    We are also grateful that you both flew East to attend our wedding.
    Our sincere condolences.
    Darcy & Paul Wilson

  • It is with my deepest sympathy that I send condolences to the Morgan family. Bob and I reconnected a couple of years ago. As we talked I could tell he was so proud of his wife and sons. He spoke about his work with such passion and commitment. My cousin has always held a special place in my heart as we spent many weeks together during summers when we were young. I am so saddened that he has passed on, but happy that he lived and worked his passion.

  • Dear Lynn, Tyler, and Ryan,

    I was surprised and saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. He had a big heart and will be sorely missed. Tanya and I have you and your familes in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Eternal rest grant unto him o’Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him.

    Joe and Tanya Schwade

  • Bob was a good man and really great person my heart goes out to his family and friends I will miss him he always nice to me

  • Lynn and Family,
    You have our deepest sympathy. We met in Bad Aibling 45 years ago and reunited three years ago in Ocean City. It was wonderful reconnecting with friends and sharing memories of Bad Aibling. We will always remember Bob’s out going personality, his knack for telling a good story and endearing smile.
    Your friends, Carleen and Bill

  • My deepest condolences on your loss. Bob was an icon in the community. His good works throughout the years will ensure that he stays in the hearts and minds of the community for years to come.

  • Bob made such a positive difference in our family’s lives. He will be sorely missed by so many. My deepest condolences to you, Lynn and all his family.

  • Our great loss is heaven’s gain. Bob has many crowns to cast. He was a true friend for decades and a true leader in our field. He will be missed and remembered.

  • Lynn and family, my condolences for your loss. Remembering the fun and interesting times 45 years ago in Bad Aibling, Germany . Bob will certainly be missed by family,community and friends.
    Hugs, Karen Zachar

  • My deepest sympathy to Lynn, Ryan, Tyler and your family. Bob will be greatly missed. His time on this earth may have been cut short, but what accomplishments he made during his lifetime here with us. My neice once told me that he was the “Best Santa Claus Ever” and I have to agree. His love of children (and his longing to be a grandpa) was so evident, as was his passion to serve persons with developmental disabilities. There are no words that can describe the heartache you are all experiencing. My love and prayers are with you.

  • My condolences to the Morgan family. Bob was wonderful to work with, and his dedication to serving others has impacted more families than you can imagine. He will be missed.

  • Hello Lynn, what a shock to learn about Bob. Our daughter (Kim Mann) success was strongly influenced by Bob. The current Delaware County Prader-Willi program is in place and successful because of Bob’s forward thinking. He has left a an unforgettable mark on our live and his leadership and kindness will be missed by all who knew Bob. Please accept our most deepest sympathy and thanks for sharing Bob with all his friends.
    May God bless you and your family,
    Gary & Patty Mann

  • Sending our sincere condolences and prayers of peace for Bob’s family and close friends. Bob championed a noble cause in Delaware County and left a mark with many that will not be forgotten. His genuine concern for those with disabilities was a remarkable example for us all. It was a privilege to work with him. God Bless!

  • Dear Lynn, Ryan and Tyler: Our sincere condolences on the loss of this amazing man. We have known Bob for over 20 years and he never failed to impress us with his knowledge and wisdom on so many topics; not to mention his sincere love and pride for his wife and sons. One of our favorite memories has always been that Bob believed a person should “take the high road” whenever possible; something we have tried to emulate in our own lives, thanks to Bob’s example and planting of that seed in our minds so many years past. His legacy will live on in so many different, wonderful ways. Blessings and love to each of you during this very sad time.

  • Our deepest sympathy to the Morgan family. Our family thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Bob, Marla, Raechel & Eli Root

  • My deepest sympathies to the Morgan Family. Bob was such a dear man and I will be forever grateful for his belief and support of me. He touched so many lives and will continue for many years to come. May you all be comforted in the beautiful memories you have shared. God’s love and peace to each of you.

  • My deepest sympathies to the whole Morgan family – and all of us blessed to have known Bob and worked for and with him for so many years. He was a true visionary and leader in our field for decades. He really led the way in promoting the dignity and respect of all people of all abilities – so well demonstrated when Delaware County led the way many years ago by becoming the Delaware Co Board of DD. On behalf of thousands of Ohioans and their families – Thank you Bob and rest in Peace Santa – you deserve it!

    John Romer

  • I am truly sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. I was privileged to work with Bob on many projects for the Delaware County Board. He was a thoroughly decent and humane person. Under his leadership, the Delaware County Board was one of the best and most innovative in Ohio.

    Please accept my deepest sympathy. We were blessed to know Bob; we’ll all miss him.

  • My sincere condolences to the Morgan family. Bob was a well-respected friend and colleague for over thirty years. He was a passionate and zealful leader who will be truly missed. May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time.

  • My condolence to your family. I remember all the years Bob came to Liberty Community Center and was Santa Clause. Everyone had such a great time. He will greatly missed. I will keep your family in my prayers.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the Morgan family during this difficult time. I was fortunate to have known Bob for many years and served on the DCBDD with him for several years. He was a wonderful advocate for children and adults with disabilities and will be greatly missed.

  • My thoughts and prayers to Bob’s family. Bob was my first boss at Summit Co. MRDD back in 1979. Bob hired me to put together a senior program and then helped me fight a lot of battles on their behalf. I am glad that I had the opportunity to know him. He was a terrific person and obviously will be missed by many.