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Obituary: Morris, Ronald C.

Age 91

MORRIS, Ronald C.
June 20, 1921 - November 3, 2012

Beloved husband and father passed away at the age of 91 on November 3, 2012. Ronald was born in Winnipeg, Canada on June 20, 1921, and grew up in Long Island, New York. He was attending the U.S. Merchant Marine Radio School when World War II broke out in 1941. He finished his schooling and promptly enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving as a radioman primarily on a minesweeper and sub chaser in the European Theater. After the war he served as a radio officer in the U.S. Army Transport Service traveling throughout the Pacific. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1948 and retired as Master Sergeant in 1964. He last worked and retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in 1979. Ronald is survived by his loving wife Gloria of 65 years; son, Scott Morris of Spokane; and daughters, Darlene Crites of Albuquerque, NM, Ronelle Cuilty of Spokane, and Anita Morris of Vancouver, WA. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Jason and Michael Hickenlooper of Vancouver, WA; three great-grandchildren, Jason Jr., Ryan and Jacob also of Vancouver, WA; his brother Dale Morris of Galveston, TX; and his beloved dog, Misty. Ron met his wife, Gloria, in Oakland, CA, while on a brief shore leave in 1947. After a whirlwind courtship of six weeks, they married and began their long life together. They enjoyed many years filled with happy memories of raising their four children and traveling to different duty stations such as Okinawa, Japan, El Paso, TX, Rome, NY, Sacramento, CA, Scott Air Force Base, IL, and Fairbanks, AK, where they towed their camper trailer up the treacherous newly gravel packed Alaskan Canadian Highway (ALCAN). They also enjoyed the outdoors and camped throughout the US and Canada. Ronald had many hobbies but particularly enjoyed conversations across the globe with his ham radio, tending his vegetable garden, raising chickens and geese for his mini egg business, tending his bees and traveling. He had an adventurous spirit and loved seeing and learning new things such as learning how to use a computer at the age of 82. A celebration of life will be held on a later date with family and friends. Please visit the online guestbook at to share your memories with the family.


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