Walter “Loren” Morningstar, 97, a longtime Fayette resident, died Jan. 14, 2020, at Fairlawn Haven in Archbold, Ohio.
He was born Dec. 10, 1922, in Fulton County, Ohio, the son of the late Walter and Lena (Marzolf) Morningstar.
He graduated from West Unity Schools in 1942 and later joined the U.S.C.G. Merchant Marines, serving 11 voyages between South America and Japan. While in port at New York City, he met the love of his life, Eleanor Bacotti. They were married July 27, 1946. Loren returned to Fayette with his new bride where they made their permanent home and raised their family. After sharing 71 years together, she preceded him in death Nov. 28, 2017.
Loren patented his own dog food brand, Star Dog Food, which he manufactured in Fayette. He and Eleanor co-owned the business along with his sister, Eleanor, and brother-in-law, Don Myers. In 1996, they sold their business, after 47 years to begin their retirement. They were longtime parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Fayette, and later became members of St. Caspar Catholic Parish in Wauseon.
Loren was a true lover of dogs and spent time training them to race and swim. He enjoyed the sport of coon hunting and was a member of the National Kennel Club. He was an advocate for personal health and kept up to date with the latest health trends, and proudly tended bountiful harvests from his annual vegetable and flowers gardens. He loved the study of American and world history and was always well-versed in current events and politics. He enjoyed sharing his adventures with his family and friends during his time as a Merchant Marine.
He is survived by three daughters, Rosemary Morningstar, Elizabeth Jarrell, and Marilyn Morningstar; sister-in-law Patricia Morningstar; three grandchildren, Julia Jarrell, Matthew (and Phoenix) Jarrell and Tammy Clement; great-grandchildren Tequoia Jarrell, Shannon (and Brandon) Byers, Tahjanay Jarrell, Antonio Jarrell, Azaan Jarrell, Remi Shaffer, Amy (and Tommy) Hilyard, Sam (and Amy) Majchrowski, Sydney Brady, Tobie Brady and Salena Brady ; great-great-grandchildren Zehvante Jarrell, Jaiyehl Jarrell, Xander Jarrell, Liam Byers, Khiland Byers, Adeline Byers, Brooklyn Hilyard, Logan Hilyard, Connor Brady, Jr., and Sophia Brady.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Eleanor Myers and Lorena Babb; a brother, Verl Morningstar; a son-in-law, Benjamin Jarrell; and a great-grandchild, Conner Brady.
Visitation is planned from 3 to 7 p.m. today (Wednesday, Jan. 15) at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. at St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon, with Father Stephen Stanbery officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Caspar Cemetery in Wauseon, with military honors performed by the Fulton County Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fulton County Humane Society or Elara Hospice.