William “Bill” Morrison

February 25, 1920 ‒ October 19, 2003

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: William “Bill” Morrison, 83, of Midland Drive, Mansfield, died Sunday morning October 19, 2003 in The Cleveland Clinic following a short illness.

He was born February 25, 1920 in Delaware to Lawrence and Esther Johnson Morrison, and was graduated from Willis High School in Delaware in 1938.

Unable to serve in the US military during WWII, Bill furthered the war effort by working with the Curtis Wright Company, wiring radios in Navy fighters.

He earned an Associates Degree from Technical College in Kansas City, Missouri, where he became a broadcast engineer. He furthered his education in this field by working at broadcast radio stations connected with the school, as well as performing on the organ at the radio station.

A broadcast engineer, he accepted a position working with classified electronic equipment for the US Navy.

In 1944 he accepted a position with WMAN radio in Mansfield as Chief Engineer, and served the station 30 years. He also operated his own company Public & General Electronics Company, installing and servicing two-way radio equipment for local law enforcement and fire departments, and city and county municipal departments.

He also performed on the pipe organ in what was then the Ohio Theater, now the Renaissance Theater, and regularly played the piano at Mansfield Kiwanis Club meetings.

Bill was a member of First English Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife M. Esther Tuller Morrison; their sons Lawrence “Larry” and his wife Delores Morrison of Carter, Kentucky, and Merle Edwin Morrison of Royal Oak, Michigan; a grandson John Andrew Morrison serving aboard the US Navy Aircraft Carrier Theodore Roosevelt; a granddaughter Lora Ann Speakman of Carter, Kentucky; four great grandchildren; and a sister Marilyn Morrison Taylor of Tallahassee, Florida.

The family will receive friends this evening Tuesday, October 21, 2003 from 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, and on Wednesday October 22, 2003 from 10 am until time of the 11 am funeral service. The Rev. Andrew Jones will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wurlitzer Organ Committee of the Renaissance Performing Arts.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com