Verl Lavon Morningstar, 85, of rural Fayette, Ohio, died Feb. 9, 2017, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.
Verl was born Sept. 8, 1931, the son of the late Walter and Lena (Marzolf) Morningstar. He married Patricia Ann Borton on June 21, 1958.
Verl, a lifelong resident of Fayette, was the 25-year owner and operator of Verl’s Saw Shop near Harrison Lake. Prior to that he and Pat raised turkeys for S&W Turkey Farm, and he farmed and raised his own various livestock. For 15 years, he and Pat also operated a retail greenhouse on their farm.
Verl enjoyed hatching eggs, woodworking and tinkering with his saw mill. He was skilled at small engine repair. Verl, along with his wife, attended the New Life Baptist Church near Addison, Mich.
In addition to his wife, Verl is survived by children Paul Morningstar (and Pam Holley) of Fayette, Teresa Morningstar of Orlando, Fla., and Bryce Morningstar of Orlando; his brother, Loren (and Eleanor) Morningstar of Morenci, Mich.; sister, Eleanor Myers of Fayette; two granddaughters, Amy Smith of Ky. and Felicia Nofziger (and Tom McLellan) of Swanton, Ohio; five grandchildren, Valerie, Carter, Lincoln, Kaylin and Seger; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Verl was preceded in death by a sister, Lorena Babb.
Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the Fayette Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Matthew SeGraves officiating. Burial will follow in Lauber Hill Cemetery near Archbold. Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette.
Memorial contributions in honor of Verl are suggested to the New Life Baptist Church or the American Bible Society.