Fred Ernest Morris, 88, retired rancher and earthmover, passed away Nov. 28 at Pondera Medical Center in Conrad from natural causes.
Services were held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Choteau on Dec. 4. Burial followed at the Choteau Cemetery. Visitation was held on Dec. 3 at Gorder Jensen Funeral Home. Gorder Jensen is handling funeral arrangements.
A longtime resident of Choteau and Augusta, he spent the last seven years in local nursing homes - Choteau, Bigfork, Shelby and Conrad.
Fred was born on the family homestead near Augusta on Jan. 15, 1924, the son of Mike and Katherine Morris. He attended schools in Augusta and Helena. He spent his early and mid-years working the family cattle ranch with his two brothers. As a sideline he worked in the Great Falls Smelter as a mechanic, and then started his own earthmoving business. He met the love of his Life, Judy Hanson, in Simms and married on New Year’s Eve 1946.
Fred loved animals, music, tinkering and people. He had an intense imagination and sense of humor. He was most happy creating, collecting and fixing just about anything and everything. He was both artistic and mechanical and enjoyed fishing, travelling and playing music in his brother’s family dance band.
Fred is survived by a daughter Judy (McKee) Anderson of Dillon; sons Fred (Laurie) Morris of Conrad and Randy (Jerri) Morris of Choteau; a sister Pauline Warn of Helena; six grandchildren: Matt Morris of Choteau, Jamie Morris of Conrad, Gena Morris of Conrad, Jeremy Morris of Conrad, Amber Anderson of Tucson, Ariz., and Cameron Morris of Great Falls; two great-grandchildren, Ryder Campanian of Conrad and Charlee Morris of Conrad; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; five siblings: George Morris, Ellen Gorder, Kaye Namen, Fern Woodcock and Mike Morris; and a grandson Cyril Morris.
The family wants to thank the many caregivers that attended and befriended Fred in his long residency at the nursing homes. “A cup of Coffee, 2 Sugars and give me your pop top”.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Mathias Catholic Church in Augusta, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Choteau or to a charity of the donor’s choice. On-line condolences may be posted at www.gorderjensenfuneralhome.com .