Norman Elton Morris, 72, a longtime Baker City resident, died Feb. 20, 2005, at Baker City.
His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Elkhorn Baptist Church, 3520 Birch St. Friends are invited to join the family after the service for a reception at the church.
Norman Morris was born in Baker on June 11, 1932. He was a 1950 Baker High School graduate. He was involved in FFA throughout school, which was a prelude to years of his love for farming.
After graduation, Norman joined the U.S. Army and served from 1951 to 1954. In 1953 he and Margaret Craig were married in Baker City.
Norman and Margaret had four children; Rick, John, Norma and Jim.
After fulfilling his duty in the Army, Norman and Margaret returned home to Baker. Norman went to work for Ward Ranches and farmed most of his working life.
He loved doing anything with his family. Camping and fishing were two of his favorites. He attended bull riding competitions and any sport that his children and grandchildren were involved in.
Because of his love for farming, Norman never truly retired. He enjoyed working in his yard and garden and spent some time building birdhouses.
Church was important to him, as were all of his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Margaret Mae Morris; his son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Leslie Morris of Moses Lake, Wash.; son and daughter-in-law, John and Terri Morris of Moses Lake, Wash.; daughter, Norma Haye, of Baker City; son, Jim Morris of Baker City; brother and sister-in-law, Delbert and Charlotte Morris of North Powder; sister Betty Klilepier of Turner; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, William and Myrtle Morris; a stepmother, Lena Morris; an aunt and uncle, Bill and Eva Robinson, (who raised him from the age of 3); two brothers, Bob and Duane Morris; and a cousin, Pug Robinson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Guardian Hospice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, February 25, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor