Marion Paul Mourning died on July 15, 2020 in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 93.
Marion is survived by his children: Megan Mourning of Minneapolis, Minnesota (and her husband, Joseph Anthony), and Paul Mourning of Brooklyn, New York (and his wife, Laura Locke); his grandchildren: Robert Hirseman, Daniel Hirseman, Emma Mourning and Louisa Mourning; and his sister, Carolee Mastbaum of Scottsdale. He is preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Beverly; and his daughter, Marion (“Mimi”) Hirseman.
Marion was born on Dec. 17, 1926 in Columbia to Edith Buster Mourning and Paul Mourning. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating from Hickman High School in Columbia in 1945, serving in Italy before returning home to attend the University of Missouri, from which he graduated in 1951 with a degree in chemical engineering. He married Beverly Hill, his high school sweetheart, in 1949. Upon graduation, Marion moved to New York City to begin his career with M.W. Kellogg as a junior engineer.
While working for M.W. Kellogg, Marion, with Beverly and their two daughters, Mimi and Megan, lived in England, Italy, Yugoslavia and Australia. In 1957 Marion took a job with a small oil refining company in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, which was later bought by the Gulf Oil Corporation. Marion subsequently worked for Gulf Oil in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Madrid and Bilbao, Spain, and Cleves, Ohio, where he managed the Gulf refinery until his “retirement” in the late 1980s.
Marion then embarked on a variety of farming, furniture and home building and land development activities in and around Dillsboro, Indiana, and spent many years volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Cincinnati. Marion and Beverly loved the opportunity to live and travel overseas, and they made many trips to Europe after Marion’s retirement. After Beverly’s death in 2013, Marion moved to Northfield, Minnesota, where he enjoyed spending time with daughter Megan and her family, including Brooke Anthony, her husband Michael Karber and their two sons, Sam and Ethan, and Lindsay Anthony, her husband Edgar Rapoport, and their two children, Lanie and Ollie. Marion also spent winters in recent years with Megan and her husband Joe in Scottsdale.
The family plans to host a memorial service to celebrate Marion’s life after the current pandemic subsides. In the meantime, the family asks that family and friends consider sending a donation in Marion’s name to Habitat for Humanity in Cincinnati (habitatcincinnati.org), or Hospice of the Valley (hov.org) in Scottsdale.