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February 14, 1943 – August 28, 2023
The City of Reading community suffered a tremendous loss this week when Richard Morgan, age 80, passed away on August 28, 2023. Richard was an amazing family man and friend who gave countless hours in service to others.
Richard was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Jim and Loraine Morgan on Valentine’s Day 1943.
Richard was married to Jane Morgan (Mahan) on September 21, 1968. They were blessed with daughter Abby Lynn Morgan on March 27, 1971.
Richard is survived by wife, Jane, daughter, Abby, sister, Vivian Morgan, and godson, Todd Kahle. Richard’s dear family also includes: Gail and Harry Zimmer, Scott, Rhonda, Riley and Carlee Mahan, Lisa, Bronson, and Colton Lakes, Shelley Mahan, Mary Gillette, and Julia Saylor, and Bev, Larissa, Luke, Noah, and Julia Kahle.
He was preceded in death by parents Loriane and Jim Morgan, sister, Janet Morgan, and best friend, Bob Kahle.
Richard graduated from Woodward High School in 1961. He attended the University of Cincinnati from 1961 – 1965 where he served as a manager of both the football and basketball teams. He then went on to work as equipment manager for the Cincinnati Royals.
Richard had an interesting work career starting as the assistant manager at Cincinnati Gardens then as Director of Operations at Riverfront Coliseum. He then worked at Covington Landing as Facilities Manager. He finished his career working for the Castellini Company as Human Resources Director for Club Chef.
Richard is probably best known for being the Voice of the Blue Devils for the past 38 years having announced countless football, basketball, and volleyball games for Reading High School. His legacy will carry on in the lives of all the people he touched.
Public Viewing will be held Saturday, September 2, 2023, from 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM at Reading Community City Schools, 810 E. Columbia Avenue with a service immediately following at noon. Linda McClanahan from Sycamore Presbyterian Church will be officiating. A burial will follow at Arlington Memorial Gardens at 1:00 pm at 2145 Compton Road.
Everyone is encouraged to wear Reading Blue Devil Spirit Wear or Blue and White.
In lieu of flowers, please make all donations to the Reading Community Schools Athletic Department, 810 E. Columbia Ave, Reading, OH 45215.
*If sending flowers, please send to Arlington Memorial Garden Funeral Home prior to service. (2155 Compton Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231) *
Saturday, September 02, 2023, 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Reading Community City Schools
Saturday, September 02, 2023, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Reading Community City Schools
“I work with Richard at Club Chef he was a very fair and man. He will truly be missed. Prayer to the family. Sandra Stowers 9/01/3024”
“I had the blessing & pleasure to call Richard a “dear friend”. The Hall of Shame and it’s traveling members had the pleasure to follow the Bearcats for March Madness for decades. We all appreciate your friendship and are lucky to share some special moments with you. Jane, thanks for sharing your wonderful husband with us! We will always love, and never forget our “Trixster””
“Richard! The Hall of Shame misses you already. Twenty straight years of going on all of our NCAA/Bearcats Tournament games. You were UNIT ONE, for sure. Your laughter day and night, golfing in between games, and the fun we had together. Playing cards in the parking lots, sometimes in an RV. You’re missed, my friend, and I am so glad you came into our lives. and there was never a more gracious fella who truly treated me like a son and, as well as others of our Hall of Shame. I’m hoping to give Jane and Abbey a big hug tomorrow. Watch after us all, Richard, as we know you’re headed to Heaven and have the keys as you did for years at Riverfront Coliseum. God Bless! As you called me all those years, JIMMY”
“Nobody called me Waldo quite like Mr Morgan did. One of my favorite memories is traveling to Clemson with him, Abby, & my dad to watch Carol play in the NCAA tournament. Has to be one of my favorite trips of all times. Who knew that Abby & I would be innocent ones on that trip. I’ll miss you. We’ll all keep an eye on Abby & Mrs Morgan for you. Who knows, we might even try to steal a banner in your honor. Once a Blue Devil, Always a Blue Devil Waldo”
“Met Richard back in mid seventies at Riverfront Colliseum while I worked for Electric Factory Concerts there for several years. He was a great guy, and then I found out he in lived in my hometown, Reading, we ran into each other occasionally. I know he was greatly appreciated and loved by RHS, my alma mater. I last saw Richard a while back at Krogers and we reminisced about the old days before we parted ways. He will be remembered and greatly missed.”
“He was such a wonderful man and wonderful uncle. I was so blessed to know and love him. I will miss him dearly.”
“I remember Richard with fond memories from my time as organist at MPC. He was so friendly and always had time to stop and talk. My deepest sympathy to his family.”
“Richard touched so many people with his smile, laughter and kindness. He now rests in peace!”
“Mr. Morgan will truely be missed. Such a great guy, with a big heart.”
“Richard was one of the Finest men I have known. We were blessed to have him for a Friend. Will certainly miss him.”
“A man that always made you feel welcome and such a delightful personality. You could sense the love he felt for his family and friends. Richard will be missed by so many💙”
“A friend I will never never ever forget.”
“We will always miss Richard and all the wonderful things he did for everyone.”