Oyer Morgan Obituary

Oyer C. Morgan, 87, passed away at Saint Peters Hospital on January 29, 2016. Oyer’s grandparents came to the Worland area in the late 1800s. His mother came later as a school teacher from Missouri. Oyer was born on February 4, 1928 to Helen and Noel Morgan in Worland, Wyoming. He was the youngest of five siblings. He attended Worland schools, graduating from Washakie County High School in 1946.

After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Army, joining his brothers Leon (Air Force) and Al (Navy) in military service. He served from 1946 to 1949, including a tour of duty in Hawaii while it was still a territory. He liked to joke that this tour qualified him for the distinction of serving overseas. He achieved the rank of Sergeant.During his youth, he attended church at the Worland United Methodist Church. The pastor of the time had an impact on his career choice. Though his father wanted Oyer to follow in his footsteps and become a lawyer, his son chose the ministry instead. On discharge, Oyer attended Asbury University, located in Wilmore, Kentucky.

He met Modelle, his loving wife of almost 50 years at Asbury. He received his BA degree from Asbury and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1956. Oyer was ordained into the United Methodist Church ministry in 1954.Modelle and Oyer married in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, August 27, 1953. They served several rural Kentucky churches while he was finishing his degree. In 1957, they moved westward to Wyoming with two small children, Clark and Beth. One of the two churches they first served was located in tiny Hyattville, Wyoming where his grandfather had first settled long years earlier. Another child, Greg, was born and shortly thereafter the family moved to the southwestern Wyoming town of Rock Springs. Here, Oyer had the opportunity to lead his congregation in the planning and construction of an entirely new church building.

After 11 event-filled years in Rock Springs, the family moved to Billings, Montana to serve the Billings Evangelical United Methodist Church. In 1977, he and Modelle moved to Choteau, Montana to serve the Choteau and Pendroy churches. His last appointment was the East Helena United Methodist Church. During his tenure, the church was expanded by a 150-seat sanctuary. This required the combination of his leadership and the congregation’s commitment. He retired from active ministry in 1994 after 40 years of ministry.What does a minister, who works weekends, do after retirement? He first toured Israel. He and Modelle did some traveling in
the states. After Clark and Beth dragged him to Alaska, he could say, he had been to all 50 states.

He became very interested in genealogy and traveled to gather information on his and Modelle’s families, communicating with the many contacts he developed. He was very interested in his grandsons and traveled to see them. He and Modelle began square dancing, which he continued even after her death in 2002. He was a member of the Last Chance Squares. He also had membership in the Lewis and Clark Genealogical Society and Helena Pachyderms. He continued to be active in the church.

He is survived by their three children: Clark (Georgia); Greg (Lisa) and Beth; three grandchildren: Zachary, Nicholas, and Ryan; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by Modelle, his parents, and his four siblings. His ashes will be buried at a later date in Worland next to Modelle, his parents, and two siblings. He will be laid to rest in the family plot in Worland, Wyoming at a later date. Please visit below to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Oyer.