Covington, Ind., has lost a longtime fixture; Lee Roy Mornout, 84, passed from this life Monday, July 14, 2014, at 6:15 a.m. at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville. God saw he was tired and ready to go; with that being said, we will tell you a little bit about him.
Lee was born Feb. 18, 1930, on a farm near Rob Roy, Ind., to Frank Mornout and Josephine Van Dame Mornout Kiser. He was the youngest of three; Lee’s older sister Margaret and brother, Ralph “Jack” Mornout. They stayed on the farm until Lee was 7, when the family moved to Covington. Lee resided there until his death. He attended Stone Bluff grade school and graduated from Covington High School in 1949.
Due to a bout with polio when he was a child, he was unable to serve in the armed horces; however, he was a member of the Indiana National Guard.
He started his working life at The Mornout Service Station on the corner of Third and Pearl in Covington. He then worked for L.T. Dicks Ford Garage in Covington until 1955. From that point on he “labored” daily (according to Lee) at the General Electric Company in Danville until his retirement in 1987. Post retirement, he worked for Greg Clingan Auctions and brought home many treasures.
In 1948 or so, he met a tall, brunette beauty from Veedersburg, Ind., named, Ona Stonebraker. They married June 10, 1950 in Sterling, Ind., and stayed side-by-side until Ona’s death in 1999.
To this union two children were born, Charles (Charlene) Mornout of Bismarck, Ill., and Chris (Tim) Landers of Danville. Also, included in his brood are three grandchildren, Miles (Jana Snyder) Starkey, Justin (Sarah Pasco) Mornout and Erin (Alex) Dayvolt. Lee also was blessed with five great-grandchildren, Caleb, Kylee, Keegan, Karlee Starkey and Emmalyn Dayvolt. Oh, and we cannot forget his grand-dog Earl and two great-granddogs, Bella and Rocky.