LAKIN — Ted R. Morgan, 88, died on the Sept. 17, 2019, at High Plains Retirement Village. He was born in Hugoton on Nov. 14, 1930, to Langdon L. Morgan and Kate L. Morgan.
He married Dorothy E. Povenmire on April 8, 1952, in Topeka. Ted attended school in Hugoton and graduated from Washburn University in Topeka with a bachelor's degree in 1953, a bachelor of laws degree in 1956, and a Juris Doctor degree in 1970. He was admitted to practice law in the Kansas Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court in 1956, The U.S. Tax Court in 1976, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981 and the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1983.
He was an associate attorney with the Addington, Jones, Davis and Haney law firm in Topeka from February 1956 to August 1958. In 1958, he and his family moved to Lakin and he became Kearny County attorney and opened a private law practice, retiring 38 years later in 1996.
He was elected Kearny County attorney eight times and served 16 years. He was elected county commissioner two times, serving eight years. He was appointed to the following offices: Lakin city attorney for 32 years, Lakin school attorney for 27 years, Deerfield school attorney for 27 years and hospital attorney for 27 years.
He was a legal seminar instructor and speaker for the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association, the Kansas City Attorneys Association, the Kansas School Attorneys Association, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the KU Law School, the Washburn Law School and the 1972 Western Conference on Crime International School held in Wichita.
He was the author of published articles and gave TV speeches on The Kansas District Attorney Bill entitled The Morgan Bill, Fair and Equal Taxation, Problems of Arrest, The Kansas School Finance Act is Unfair, The Unfairness of Property Tax in Kansas, Tax Classification Is Wrong, Kansas Constitutional Amendments, The Insanity Defense, Secession, Arbitration and Construction Contracts, and Criminal Defenses.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his son, Ron R. Morgan; his daughter, Deanna Siemsen; two grandchildren:; and his sister, Kaye Andrews.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Lakin. Memorials are suggested to Lakin Golf Course, Lakin Recreation or United Methodist Church in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com.