Morris M. Van Gorden

November 19, 1927 - September 1, 2019

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Morris M. Van Gorden

Beloved husband of the late Norma Van Gorden for 49 years. Loving father of Martin (Stevie), Roger (Nancy), Tim (Susan) and Jay (Marie) Van Gorden. Dear grandfather of Traci, Abbey (Tim), Zack (Amanda), Jason (Liz), Erin, Ben (Taylor), Kari, and great grandfather of Molly, Sally, Daniel, Joshua, Sadie. Liam, Katie, Jake, Cael, Jon, and Garret. Preceded in death by sister, Margie Ann Rosselot, and parents, Benjamin and Naomi Van Gorden. Passed away Sunday, September 1, 2019 at age 91. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at Bethany United Methodist Church, 6388 Cincinnati Dayton Rd, Liberty Township, OH 45044, from 4-7 PM. Visitation will also be held at the church on Friday, September 6, 2019, from 10 AM until time of funeral service at 11 AM. Burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Butler Co. Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund, 2273 Millville Oxford Rd., Hamilton, OH 45013.

Morris M. Van Gorden

  • Butler county 4-H leader for 32 years

  • Butler county Agricultural Society (Fair Board) 1970 to 2009. President of the Board 1992 to 2009

  • Liberty Township Trustee for 13 years

  • Butler County Farm Bureau board member for 10 years, two of which he served as Board President.

  • Served on the State Farm Bureau board for 12 years.

  • Butler County Landmark Co-Op for 12 years.

  • Served on the Butler County Soil Conservation Board.

  • Served on the State Dairy Herd Improvement (DHIA) board when it was organized in 1970 and served as President for the 6 years he was on the board.

  • District 15 Holstein Board for several years

  • State Holstein Board for 16 years, two of which he served as Board President.

  • National Beef Board, representing the dairy industry for 6 years when they started the Beef Check-off advertising.

  • Member of the Southern Ohio Draft Horse Association

  • Long Standing Member of the Bethany United Methodist church, he served on the Board for a few years.

  • Served on the Butler County Sherriff Office Caisson Unit with his Horses. He was the driver of the Caisson from 2002 to 2014. He was immensely proud to be a part of the unit who escorted Fire, Police and Military personnel to their final resting place.


  • 1979 – Inducted to The Ohio State University Dairy Science Hall of Service Award.

  • 1982 – The Butler County Soil Conservation Good Year Award.

  • 1989 - The Butler County Extension Service Edwin Zorn Memorial Award.

  • 1991 – Elected a Member of The Pioneer Family Society. Whose residence in Butler County has been established to the year 1814.

  • 2000 – The Butler County Farm Bureau Friend of Agriculture Award.

  • 2001 – Buckeye Breed Builder Award. Senior Division Ohio Holstein Association.

  • 2001 – Distinguished Service Award Ohio Holstein Association.

  • 2004 – Friends of 4-H Award Butler County.

  • 2005 – Inducted to The Ohio Fair Manager Hall of Fame.

  • 2010 – Century Farm Recognition.

  • 2018 – Butler County Fairgrounds Cattle Arena Named the “Morris Van Gorden Show Arena”.


Lisa McLaughlin - Sep 10, 2019
Uncle Mort was such a sweet, kind and caring man. I have many fond memories visiting his farm on many occasions over the years. He will be missed so much by his family. My sincere sympathy and prayers to his sons and their families. Love, Lisa McLaughlin
Dick Gilgrist - Sep 6, 2019
As members of Liberty Livestock in the 50's and 60's, we thought Mort was an "old guy", when he wasn't much older than we were. He took time from his family and very busy life to ensure our development in what was to be called "agribusiness". I fondly remember the annual trips to Pine Hill for swimming. He and Bob made every meeting fun. But most of all, he developed us as people. I always wondered why he insisted that there was a safety and health officer in our club. Another club member, Forest Cash and I, spent our professional careers in safety and health! I'm certain every one who encountered Mort as a 4-H leader had their lives enriched by his mentoring, too. To his entire great family, your loss is shared by so many others! You are in my prayers. Dick Gilgrist
Steve Vizedom - Sep 5, 2019
A pilar, a cornerstone, a icon of agriculture, and a friend to everyone he talked with. God Bless You Mort! Thoughts and Prayers to the Van Gorden Family
Beverly and Phil Foutz - Sep 4, 2019
This guy was so wise and full of vision...the reason he was sought out for so many Boards and positions to advance the interests of agriculture and future generations. Sure going to miss him. Our deepest condolences to the family. RIP Mort.❤️
Bill and Lynn Eisele - Sep 3, 2019
We are so very sorry. We enjoyed talking with him at the fair as long as he could attend. He always cared about the youth. All of the people he knew and yet he talked to everyone as if best friends. What a genuine person ❤️🙏
Anna Darner - Sep 3, 2019
My thoughts and prayers for you all. Your father was a wonderful man and always had time for youth at the fair.
Nick and Kathy Forrest - Sep 3, 2019
So sorry for your loss He was a great friend and we will miss him . Prayers for the family