The Billings Outpost

David Roy Morledge

Billings services will be held Saturday, June 29, 2013, for David Roy Morledge, 86, a retired physician who died Feb. 28.

He was born Oct. 25, 1926, in Columbus, Ohio, to Dr. Roy Vernon and Julia Alvida Terihn Morledge. After his father completed his medical training in 1929, the family settled in Billings.

At the age of 15, David Morledge attended the San Diego Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, Calif. He was accepted at age 17 to Stanford University but left in 1943 to serve with the Army during World War II.

After his honorable discharge as a sergeant at the end of the war, he returned to Stanford in 1947 to complete his undergraduate degree in biology. He graduated in 1948, then earned a master’s degree at Montana State University in bacteriology. He graduated in 1954 from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, completed an internship at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in 1954-55, and completed a general surgery residency at University of Oregon (Portland) Hospital in 1960.

That year, Dr. Morledge started a practice of surgery and general medicine in Lewistown. In 1961, the family moved to Billings, where he continued his practice for eight years.

Dr. Morledge was a captain for 10 years in the Medical Corps, U.S. Army Reserves, and in the U.S. Air Force Reserves from 1954-1964. In 1969, he and his family moved to the Los Angeles area to complete a residency in otolaryngology - head and neck surgery and facial plastic surgery at the University of California Los Angeles.

He completed the residency in November 1972 and accepted a position at the University of Vermont College of Medicine as assistant professor of otolaryngology - head and neck surgery. In August 1973, he accepted a position in Bakersfield, Calif., where he established a practice.

In July 2005, Dr. Morledge and his wife retired to Boulder Creek in the Santa Cruz mountains of California.

Survivors include his wife, Renate-Verena of Boulder Creek; children, Vivian Diana Timperman of Mansfield, Ohio, David Eric Morledge of Boise, Idaho, Thomas Joseph Morledge of Chardon, Ohio, John Charles Morledge of Vacaville, Calif., Michael David Morledge of Boulder Creek, Donna Michelle Morledge Istvan of Newport, Wash., and Daniel Louis Morledge of Azusa, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; a brother, Thomas Edison Morledge; and nine stepchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N.


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