Robert (Bob) E. Morris III, age 96, formerly of Brooks & Erskine, MN died March 23, 2021 at Northern Lakes Senior Living in Baxter, MN.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Johnson Funeral Service in Oklee, MN, with Rev. Tim Lundeen officiating. Burial will follow at Saron Lutheran Cemetery, rural Erskine, MN.
Visitation will take place one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday at the funeral home.
The family prefers no flowers or memorials. If you would like, please send memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association in memory of Bob.
Bob was born Sept. 30, 1924, the son of Robert and Katherine (Coughlin) Morris, in Omaha, NE. His parents moved to Kolin, MT in 1927 where Bob grew up. Bob served in the US Coast Guard during WWII, where he learned to work with heavy equipment.
Bob married Lorena (Jeffery) Porter on December 15, 1948, and they owned a farm near Lewistown, MT. Bob also had his own construction company using heavy equipment to clear trees, level land, and build dams. In 1967 they moved with their two youngest children to a farm near Erskine, MN. In 1972 they sold that farm and purchased a smaller farm near Brooks, MN where they continued to grow grain and raise beef cattle.
Bob treasured time spent with family and friends both in Montana and Minnesota. He had many special friends who were second family to him. Bob loved farming, ranching and working the land. He enjoyed visiting, playing cards, hunting, fishing and boating. One of his favorite things was pulling grandkids behind his boat on tubes and water skis, (especially when he dumped them in the water)!
Bob is survived by step-daughter, Marcia (Pete) Eddins, from CO; daughters, Cathie (Nick) Benson from Baxter, MN, Christie Bellows (Jake Deem) from CO; grandson, Darren; granddaughters Danielle, Nichole, Melinda and Vanessa; 5 great -grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren; brother John (Susan) Morris, sister-in-law Marion Converse; several nieces, nephews and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Lorena, step-son Michael Porter, sister Mary Nedved.
He made many new friends when he moved into Northern Lakes Senior Living in Baxter, and the family is thankful for the wonderful care he received.