Morris, age 82, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at home on March
9, 2019, after a lengthy illness.
He was born on May
22, 1936, to Alma (Meiss) and Clarence Morris. He married Kathleen Parry in
He is survived by
his son, Roger Alan (Jianing) Morris of Bloomington, Indiana, and daughter,
Ruth (Ralph) Johnston of Valparaiso; sister Jeanette Ellian of Fredonia, NY;
sister Kay (Walt) Lindemeyer of Greensboro, NC; and half-sibling Joanne
Johnson of Indiana; granddaughters Lia Morris of San Diego, CA, Lena Morris
of Berlin, Germany; grandsons Roger, Jr., and Andy Morris of Bloomington,
IN; Evan and Zachary Johnston of Valparaiso, IN and many nieces and nephews.
Roger was preceded
death by his wife of 56 years, Kate; infant son, Roger Charles, Jr.; father,
Clarence and mother, Alma; brother, Charles; and half-siblings, Lena Babs,
Betty Casterling, Louise Cromey, Ralph Morris, Arletta Walker, Chris
Zimmerman, and Paul Zimmerman as well as many nieces and nephews.
A graduate of
Wheeler High School in 1955, Roger worked as a millwright at U.S. Steel in
the Sheet and Tin Division. After being drafted in the Army, he served in
Korea after the conflict. He worked in construction and served as a handyman
for most of his life. His retirement job was at Hopkin’s ACE Hardware in
Chesterton for many years. In the 1970s, he was a baseball coach for State
Park Little League. He has participated with the Duneland Seniors and was a
poll worker for many years. He loved to cook and had a heart for serving
There will be a
celebration of life later.
In lieu of flowers,
please send memorial donations to the Dunes Hospice and to Porter County
under the care of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN.
Memories may be