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"Johnny" Morvatz Jr.

"Johnny" Morvatz Jr."Johnny" Morvatz Jr., 87, of Carrollton died Sept. 17, 2009, at the Carroll Golden Age Retreat in Carrollton.

Born Aug. 13, 1922, in Petersberg, WV, he was a son of the late John and Laura Belle (Ours) Morvatz.

He was a graduate of the Perrysville High School and pursued a lifelong career as a general contractor and jack-of-all-trades in the Carroll County area.  Johnny as he was affectionately known, painted barns, sprayed crops, combined crops, and did many other jobs for area farmers. He was an accomplished carpenter and built many buildings in the northeastern Ohio area. Some of his other achievements in life included building and operating the Silver Skate Roller Rink in Carrollton during the 1960's. He was also known as the "Soundman" for the Carroll County Fair, a business he operated for over 45 years. During his lifetime he was employed by the Carrollton Livestock Auction for more than 70 years. Johnny was always proud to exclaim, "I have probably worked on nearly every property in Carroll County at sometime during my life."

Johnny is survived by his wife of 65 years, Edith (Sell) Morvatz of Carrollton; four sons, Jim of Dade City, FL, David of Clover, SC, Michael of Crystal River, FL, Patrick of Carrollton; one daughter Linda Fiscus of Darnestown, MD; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one sister, Marie Minnie of Akron.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Melven, Matthew, and Elmer; and one sister, Anna.

Funeral services were Sept. 20 in Sweeney-Dodds Funeral Home of Carrollton with Rev. David Krankovich officiating. Burial followed in the Westview Cemetery in Carrollton. In lieu of flowers the family request that a donation be made to the charity of your choice.

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