History & Staff - Morrison Funeral Home

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Our History

Lake D. Steffee
Jan 7, 1893 – March 22, 1960

In 1914, Lake D. Steffee entered the employment of R.G. Koch, local mortician and furniture dealer. In 1924, Mr. Steffee purchased Mr. Koch's "undertaking business" and began operation of the Steffee Funeral Home at 110 Petroleum Street, Oil City, PA. The Steffee Funeral Home was the first in this area.

In May, 1957, Mr. Steffee retired and sold his business to his nephew, Charles A. Morrison. Mr. Morrison owned and operated the funeral home until September, 1987 when he sold the business to his son, Michael D. Morrison who continues operation of the family business and heritage.

Lake D. Steffee was a funeral director for 35 years. He graduated from the Eckels School of Embalming in Philadelphia. After his discharge from the Army in World War I, Mr. Steffee returned to work for Mr. Koch and later purchased the business. He was prominent in the Masonic Order, in which he was affiliated with Oil City Lodge, No. 710, Free and Accepted masons; Oil City Chapter, No. 263, Royal Arch masons; Talbot Commandry No. 43, of which he was Past Commander; the higher Scottish Rite bodies, including Oil City Lodge of Perfection and Pittsburgh Consistory; Zem Zem Temple, at Erie, PA, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; and the Royal Order of Jesters of Erie.

Mr. Steffee was also affiliated with Oil City Lodge, No. 589, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In addition to these connections, he was a member of the Oil City Chamber of Commerce, Young Men's Christian Association, the Pennsylvania Undertakers' Association and the local Eagles, Elks and Moose Clubs and the Oil City Club of which he was a charter member.

Mr. Steffee also served as a director for the Venango County Tuberculosis Society for a number of years. He also was active in the local Red Cross Chapter and was known never to decline his services to that organization.

On January 14, 1956, The Exchange Club paid a tribute to Mr. Steffee as one of the city's outstanding citizens.

Charles A. Morrison

Oct 10, 1921 – Sept 23, 1987

Charles A. Morrison graduated in 1939 from Cranberry High School and then attended Grove City College for two years before entering military service. He became associated with the Steffee Funeral Home in 1941 and worked there with the exception of the three and a half years he served with the military. During WW II, he served in the US Army Air Corps where he was a navigator aboard a B-29 in the Pacific Theater being discharged with the rank of Captain. Upon his return from service, Mr. Morrison enrolled at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and was graduated with highest honors in 1948, returning to work at the Steffee Funeral Home. It was in May 1957, when he purchased the funeral home from his uncle and changed the name to Morrison Funeral Home.

In 1963, the Morrison Funeral Home was accepted into the fellowship of the Order of the Golden Rule, an international organization of funeral directors.

Mr. Morrison attended many postgraduate courses and seminars for licensed funeral directors across the country. He was a member and past secretary-treasurer of the Venango County Funeral Directors Association, was a member and past district governor of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and was a member of the National Funeral Directors Association.

A particular honor was accorded to Mr. Morrison in 1983 when he was presented the Golden Deed Award. The award, given by the Oil City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Exchange Club of Oil City, recognized the time and effort he donated for the betterment of the community. This was the same award which his uncle, Lake D. Steffee, was awarded with in 1956.

Mr. Morrison was a member and Elder of the Second Presbyterian Church.

He also was a member and past president of the Oil City Rotary Club and held memberships in the American Legion Post, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the BPO Elks of Oil City.

Mr. Morrison was affiliated with many Masonic organizations, including Oil City Lodge No. 710 F&AM, the Venango Lodge of Perfection, New Castle Consistory, Oil City Royal Arch Chapter, Talbot Commandry, the Zem Zem Shirne and Acacia Grotto.

He was a member and past director of both the Oil City Club and the Franklin Club, and he was a member of Wanango Country Club and The 100 Club.

Mr. Morrison was a trustee at Polk Center, a past director of the Oil City Chapter of the American Red Cross, a member of the advisory board for Mellon Bank (North), a past director and president of the Oil City YMCA board of directors, and a member of the Foundation Board and Professional Advisory Committee for the Visiting Nurses Association of Venango County.

He was a past director of the Oil City Area Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the Town Club of Jamestown, NY. He also had been a member of the advisory boards for the Oil City Economic Development Corp. and the Oil City Hospital, and he had been a director for United Way.

Mr. Morrison also was instrumental in providing an eye enucleation program in Oil City, in cooperation with the Lions Club.

Our Valued Staff

Michael D. Morrison

Michael D. Morrison, Funeral Director

Mike is the son of Mary Rena Friedhaber Morrison and the late Charles A. Morrison. He is married to the former Linda M. Hartle and has a daughter Mrs. JD (Jackie) Postage and two granddaughters. His son, Timothy Chad Morrison died in a car accident in 2003.

Mike is a 1969 graduate of Oil City High School. He attended Lindsey Wilson College and the University of Kentucky prior to the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science where he graduated with honors in 1975. In September 1987 he purchased the funeral home from his father.

Mike is a member of the Warren, Elk, McKean Funeral Directors Association, a member, past District Governor and past President of the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association and a member and past Policy Board member of the National Funeral Directors Association. He is a member of the American Society of Embalmers and a charter member of the Funeral Ethics Association. He also served on the Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors.

He was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by the Oil City Jaycees. Mike and Linda were recipients of the Oil City Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen Award. It was the same award given to his father, Charles A. Morrison, and great uncle, Lake D. Steffee.

Mike is a member of St. Stephen Church where he serves on the Finance Committee. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Mike is a member of the Oil City Kiwanis Club and the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the Planning Commission for the City of Oil City.

Mike is a member and past Master of Petrolia Lodge No 363 F&AM, a member of the Venango Lodge of Perfection, New Castle Consistory, Cyrus Chapter RAM, Talbot Commandry, Acacia Grotto and Zem Zem Shrine. He serves as Secretary/Treasurer for the Masonic Hall Association.

Matthew T. Deal

Matthew T. Deal, Funeral Director, Supervisor

Matt was born and raised in PA, and graduated from Chambersburg Area Senior High School in 1994. He went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Penn State University in 2000 before embarking on a career in private security and inventory management with several large corporations that would move him to NY and NJ.

In 2005, he decided to follow in his father's footsteps and pursue a career in funeral service. Matt graduated from Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY with an Associate in Applied Science in Mortuary Science in 2007 and began his career in funeral service right away, becoming licensed in NY and PA before coming back home to PA.

Matt became a member of the Morrison Funeral Home staff in June 2012.

He lives in Oil City with his wife Rebekah, daughter Madeleine, son Teddy, step-daughters Brooke and Taylor, and step-son Bryce. He enjoys working around his house, fishing, and taking long floats down the river with his family.

Rebekah E Deal

Rebekah E Deal, Funeral Director