Thursday, November 13, 2003

Clarence W. Morlan, 88, of Brazil, died Tuesday , Nov. 11, 2003, at the Clay Health Center.

Born April 15, 1915, in Parke County, he was the son of Arthur and Ida Kibbee Morlan. He graduated from Bridgeton High School, Class of 1933.

He played on the basketball team while in high school and later managed a baseball team.

He also attended school in Chicago and at Rose Poly studying electrical engineering. As a young man, he was employed at the former Continental Car-Na-Var in Brazil. He was involved in the manufacturing of heavy-duty floor scrubbers, vacuums, concrete paint and floor wax. In 1957 he, along with partners Herman Keen and Arthur Brown, purchased the business and moved it to East National Avenue and re-named it Marquee Manufacturing Co.

In 1961, he married Norman Joan Jones. Together they both still operated the business.

He was a musician and led a dance band with family members. They were called "3M's". They played at private and fraternal clubs throughout the Wabash Valley.

He was member of Elks 762; Knightsville F&AM; Zorah Shrine; and Scottish Rite, Valley of Terre Haute; Brazil Moose Lodge; and Fraternal Order of Eagles 274.

He served as the Eagles treasurer for many years. He served in all the Eagles state chairs and became the State President in 1980.

During his term, he made the Clay County Learning Center the State Project and contributions and grants from lodges all over the state went to the special school.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Norma Joan Jones Morlan; two daughters, Jan Paullus and husband, Peter, all of Brazil and Tyra Handlin and husband, Jim, of Fontanet; grandchildren, Doug Pullus, Angela Lohrman and husband, Jim, and Vanessa Paullus, all of Brazil; great-grandchildren Alenxandra Atkinson, Nicholas Coltharp, Kathryn Coltharp, Jessica Lohrman and Larissa Lohrman; two sisters, Leona Philabaum and Gladys Patrick; a sister-in-law, Norma Jean Morlan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Wilma Froderman, Florence Vane and Letha McHargue; and a brother, Alvin Morlan.

Services will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at French Funeral Home with Brother Lyle Monnett officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Run Cemetery in Bridgeton. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday prior to services.