Posted: Sat 4:10 PM, Nov 10, 2012
Nicholas Morey, Jr., 82, of Vienna passed away Friday, November 9, 2012 after a long illness.
Born July 28, 1930 in Washington, WV, Mr. Morey was the son of the late Nicholas Morey, Sr. and Sophia Sams Morey and was raised in the Parkersburg area. Mr. Morey attended Wood County Schools and graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1948 where he was a member of the A Cappella Choir. Following graduation, he attended Marietta College.
From 1949 to 1951 Mr. Morey bravely served his country during the Korean War. He was a member of the U.S. Army 1092nd Combat Engineer Battalion.
After returning from the war Mr. Morey worked at the atomic energy plant in Portsmouth, Ohio for a year and then worked at DuPont Washington Works for three years. In 1957 Mr. Morey founded Morey Construction Company, the first of numerous businesses that he would own. He built Morey Construction into the second largest construction company in the State of West Virginia. Mr. Morey also owned and operated Morey Crane Rental Company, the largest
crane rental company in the state at the time, and the Foundation Company of West Virginia, as well as Marko Contractors Inc.
In 1965 Mr. Morey combined his love of aviation and his growing business portfolio by purchasing the Stewart Airport, which was located between Parkersburg and Vienna. During his ownership of the airport he opened a Piper Airplane dealership and was president and owner of Industrial Aviation. In 1967 his Piper Dealership won first place in sales among the 21 dealerships of the Eastern Division of the United States. Also in the late 1960's for the benefit of the Mid Ohio Valley residents he started the penny a pound rides in the summer time on Sundays so they could ride over and survey the town. Residents would step on scales and pay one penny for
each pound they weighed; the ladies of course had their "own" scales
adjusted so no one knew their true weight. One of the highlights of his aviation business was having his Piper Cherokee Trainer used during the filming of the James Bond movie, Goldfinger. Mr. Morey continued his love of aviation long after the closure of the Stewart Airport and owned airplanes into the 1990s.
Mr. Morey in 1969 formed and was president of Par Progress with partners Fred Wilmouth and Ted Morlang. Par Progress, which later became Oxford Development built, owned, and operated the Grand Central Mall on Mr. Morey's property at the Stewart Airport. This was one of the first malls opened in the State of West Virginia.
In 1971 he was appointed to the Advisory Board of Directors of the Union Trust Bank. Mr. Morey was also part owner of the Union Central Bank in the Grand Central Mall. Nick spent his later career dealing in the crane rentals and sales until his retirement to Florida.
Mr. Morey was an avid boater and a lifetime member of the Blennerhassett Yacht Club since 1962. He served as their Commodore in 1976 and 1977.
Mr. Morey is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Betty Lee Jones Morey of Vienna; children, Nicholas "Steve" Morey III (Noel Mahaney) of Belpre, OH, William "Danny" Morey of Vienna, and Mark Randall Morey of Vienna, ; grandchildren, Racelle Nicole Morey Bailey (R.G. Bailey) of Garland, TX and Nicholas S. Morey IV of San Antonio, TX; step grandson H.B. Hinton (Cynthia) of Wylie, TX; great-granddaughter Isabella Elaine Bailey; step great-grandsons Vincent Hinton and Samual Hinton. Mr. Morey is also survived by his adored baby sister and childhood companion Phyllis "PJ" Merendino (Dr. John Merendino) of Rockville, MD and Aventura, FL.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Morey was preceded in death by his siblings, William Morey, Roy Morey, Adele Florence, Dorothy Bailey, Madge Chelgren and Ruth Perloff; as well as his daughter-in-law Deborah Elaine Morey.
Nick was known for his attraction to life's challenges and his deep love for his family. He will forever be remembered and missed by those he loved.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkesburg with Reverend Tom Stephens officiating.
Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home Monday, November 12, 2012 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm as well as Tuesday November 13th from 11 am until the time of service.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com