Donald R. "Moto" Morris

September 8, 1932November 9, 2021

Donald R “Moto” Morris passed away peacefully November 9, 2021 after 89 years of a life extraordinarily well-lived. Born September 8, 1932 at Coleman hospital in Indianapolis, he was the son of Ralph D and Evelyn C Morris.

Moto was a joyful, entertaining and memorable character, who valued friendships and built lifelong relationships with countless others in all periods of his life. As a youth, he attended IPS Schools 86 and 43 while roaming the streets of his Butler Tarkington neighborhood with friends whom he has counted as close throughout his life. As a 1950 graduate of Shortridge High School, he built a vast network of friends and continued his connection with his beloved school by attending many class reunions over seven decades, sharing his stories of fun and frivolity during those simpler times.

Moto graduated from Indiana University in 1954 with a degree in Marketing. While many would count graduation as the pinnacle of the collegiate experience, his greatest accomplishment was convincing his wonderful wife, Irma, whom he met on campus freshman year, to marry him while other suitors were in strong pursuit. When asked why she decided he was the one, Irma immediately confirms it was his sense of humor that won her over. As newlyweds in 1955, they truly enjoyed Moto’s military assignment in Fairbanks, Alaska, serving with the troops and protecting the Northern Front. Again, another time and place where friendships flourished. Returning to Indianapolis in 1957, Moto joined his father Ralph in the wholesale furniture business representing residential manufacturers for over 38 years. There is not a stretch of highway, county road or main street in all of Indiana and Ohio he has not traveled, delivering his wildly entertaining sales pitches to furniture dealers large and small, while making friends and building a successful business with them all. It’s an accomplishment he readily admits would have been impossible without Irma’s ability to manage the home front and the activities and antics of three sons.

Family was Moto’s highest priority in life. He was deeply proud of his boys and made certain no matter where he was on the road in his Buick Electra 225 or Lincoln Town car, he would not miss their school activities, sporting events, etc. From wherever he was at the end of the Summer work week, he would travel to his favorite place in the world, Lake Wawasee. He purchased the family lake cottage in 1968, upon hearing of its listing from a Shortridge classmate. With very few resources and a leap of faith, Moto and Irma created a destination that has provided family and friends with fond memories of togetherness for three generations. One of many memories would be Moto’s legendary under cover, early morning, surprise doughnut deliveries to friends…”GBF”.

Moto was past President of the IN Home Furnishings Club, a member of the Indianapolis Downtown Rotary Club, the Murat Shrine Club and Beta Theta Pi. His most cherished association is with The Junto of Indianapolis for 53 years, where he was past President and Emeritus member. He truly loved The Junto for the friendships he built and the knowledge he gained from such a diverse group of individuals.

In addition to his parents, Moto is preceded in death by his sister, Luanne Chamness and will be greatly missed by his wife, Irma, and sons Doug (Beth), Dan (Joanie) and Donnie (Tonya). True to form, Moto entertained his grandchildren with stories and jokes from his bed in hospice care. They are Abby, Andy, Mitch, Reece, Annie, Ryan and Kate Morris.

As he wished, there will be no visitation or funeral, however you are invited to visit the website where you can share a personal memory of Moto. Perhaps, a future gathering is on the horizon. Given his love for The Lake, donations in his memory may be made to the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation, dedicated to the protection and preservation of our lakes and watershed for present and future generations;


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Donald R. "Moto" Morris

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Spike and Linda Ford

November 19, 2021

Our prayers are with Irma and the Morris family. A great guy who lived a great life raising a wonderful family. As the obituary said, "a life extraordinarily well-lived!" Our memories of Moto will always bring smiles because of how much fun it was to be with him. We send our love.

Jennifer Lukemeyer

November 16, 2021

Morris Family -

What a character this earth lost but Heaven gained. I know he will be missed at the Lake but remembered as well. There are too many memories to share but even more to keep everyone smiling when reflecting. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Love, Jenny "Jens" Lukemeyer

Frank Buckner

November 15, 2021

Once in a while, we are truly blessed. One of my blessings came to me several decades ago when I met Don. I was fortunate to share some time with him over the years. He was a seasoned vet in the furniture industry and I was a novice. Nevertheless, he treated me as an equal. He quickly became a friend and a mentor. We had seriously good times when we were together. His wit and wisdom was legendary. I will always treasure those special memories. I didn’t say thank you to Don enough….but here’s one more-Thanks!

John Lehnen

November 13, 2021

Dear Donnie Morris , and family so sorry for your loss . Your dad was a special person . He called on our furniture store and was always pleasant hard working , and joking . our prayers , and thought are with you for your great loss. God bless , and condolences . John , Linda , Marc Lehnen , and all employees at Lehnen's Furniture Lafayette, and Frankfort .

Mike Nealley

November 13, 2021

Donnie Morris family: On behalf of all Indiana furniture reps and retailers we express our most sincere condolences. Moto will not be forgotten.

Terry Wallace

November 12, 2021

Dear Morris Family, The lake will not be the same without Mr. Morris! We will miss hearing his jokes and laughter on the front patio while we sit next door on our porch. He was always so cheerful and welcoming every lake season. We will miss Mr. Morris!
Terry Wallace

Jason Swathwood

November 11, 2021

Thinking of you in this time of mourning. I am honored I was able to meet your father and hear some of his amazing stories. God Bless!