Wayne Morlan

Wayne Morlan, 89, of Brazil passed away after a brief illness at The Gibson Family Center for Hospice Care, April 3, 2020. He was born January 25, 1931 in Carbon, Indiana, the son of Elza Morlan and Mae Poff Morlan. He graduated from Van Buren High School, Class of 1950. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1950 and served until 1954. While in the Navy, he worked at the Thule Air Base in Greenland then finished his service in French Morocco, North Africa. Upon returning to the United States he began his employment with IBM, Greencastle, Indiana in 1954. He had a 33-year career with IBM, retiring in 1987.

On July 17, 1955, Wayne married the love of his life, Nancy Loy Morlan, who survives. He built their first home and pursued his love of gardening. Together they had two daughters Melanie Morlan Huber (husband Matthew), Brazil and Melinda Morlan Miller (husband Frederick), La Jolla, CA both who survive. Wayne and Nancy would have been married 65 years in July 2020.

Upon retiring from IBM, Wayne continued to be an avid fisherman, golfer, and gardener. He loved baking to the delight of his children and grandchildren and kept them supplied with breads, cinnamon rolls, and homemade pizzas. Wayne completed the coursework at Golf Works and repaired as well as made custom golf clubs for many golfers in the Brazil area. He was a member of the 11:30 golf group at the Forest Park Golf Course in Brazil. The highlight of his golfing career was a Hole-In-One on Hole # 11 at the Forest Park Golf Course on August 4, 2014. He would often tell his children and grandchildren stories about how much fun he had growing up in Carbon, Indiana.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Hubert Morlan (wife Alene) and James Morlan (wife Elizabeth), a great-nephew Colton Jones, beloved mother-in-law Lucille Loy, and beloved sister-in-law Maryjane Loy Gottsche.

Wayne is survived by his wife; two daughters; five grandchildren John Philip Huber, Brazil, Phillip Wayne Miller (wife Kimberle Shen), California, Janelle Renee Huber (husband Robert Frasier), North Dakota, William Morlan Miller (wife Ellese), California, Caroline Claire Miller, California; two great-grandsons, Thomas Frederick Miller and Robert Lincoln Miller, California; beloved sister-in-law Susan Loy Kellum, Brazil; beloved brother-in-law David Gottsche, Brazil; nieces Julie Gottsche, Indianapolis, Emily Gottsche-Holston (husband Josh), Florida, Amy Gottsche (David Shelton), Florida, Andrea Jones (husband Jason), Brazil, Amanda Hulse (husband Ryan), Carmel, Robin Reckerd (husband Daniel), Plainfield.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Brazil Concert Band c/o Matthew S. Huber, Director, 8924 N Kennedy’s Crossing Road Brazil, Indiana 47834; Hospice of the Wabash Valley; a tree donation for Forest Park c/o Janet McClellan, Brazil City Park Board; or any charity of your choice.

Cremation was chosen, with private family graveside services at a later date.