Emmett Richard ‘Dick’ Morris


Emmett Richard “Dick” Morris, 92, of Bellefontaine, passed away Friday evening, Feb. 28, 2014, at Green Hills Care Center, West Liberty.

He was born in Bellefontaine on Feb. 16, 1922, to the late Emmett A. and Merle Robinaugh Morris.

Dick married the former Geraldine A. “Gerry” Eleyet on Jan. 28, 1945, in Bellefontaine, and she preceded him in death July 25, 1990. He also was preceded in death by a sister, Arlene Braden.

He is survived by his children, Cindy (Skip) Kipker of Hilliard and Mike (Beci) Morris of Bellefontaine; three grandchildren, Andy (Mira) Kipker, Jenny Kipker and Chad (Nikki) Morris; two great-grandsons, Nathan Kipker and Graham Morris; and brothers, Dave (Jody) Morris of West Liberty and Robert “Derrell” Morris of Ada.

A graduate of Bellefontaine High School, Dick was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, served during World War II and was a recipient of the Navy Cross. He was a member of the American Legion.

Dick was an avid photographer and took pictures for many weddings in the Bellefontaine area. He retired in 1982 from Conrail after more than 40 years as a yardman, welder and maintenance worker.

He and Gerry traveled abroad, including trips to Africa, Egypt, China, New Zealand and London.

Private family services are at a later date, with burial in Highland Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were handled by Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.