Robert Derrell Morris

Robert Derrell Morris, 85, of Alger, died peacefully Tuesday morning, March 11, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Bellefontaine on Nov. 25, 1928, to the late Emmett A. and Merle Robinaugh Morris. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Nina Morris; his son, Richard Alan “Dick” Morris; his sister, Arlene (Alfred) Braden; and his brother, Emmett Richard “Dick” Morris.

His is survived by three of his children, Christie Ferraraccio of Angola, Ind., Debra (Tim) Smith of Alger and Barbara (Wayne) King of Hudson, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, Dave (Jody) Morris of West Liberty.

A graduate of Bellefontaine High School, Robert was a member of the Masons and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving during the Korean Conflict.

He started working at Ford Engine Plant on Aug. 11, 1959, and retired Apr. 1, 1987, as a foreman in the piston and rocker arm department.

A memorial service begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lighthouse Baptist Church, 900 W. Grand Ave., Lima. He will rest in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to help the homeless vets at or call (877) 4AID-VET (424-3838).

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