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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

900 East Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI

OBITUARY

William "Bill" F. Morris

November 22, 1937January 11, 2020
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William Fred Morris died Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Fairview AFC in Grand Ledge, at the age of 82. He was born in Reed City, MI on November 22, 1937, the son of Frederick and Florence (Weiland) Morris. Bill graduated from Reed City High School in 1955 and joined the Navy. In 1959 he became a police officer at the Grand Rapids Police Department. Bill left GRPD in 1963 to become a police officer at the Lansing Police Department. In August 1966, Bill left LPD and began his career with the Michigan State Police. He retired from MSP in 1990 and began employment with the Michigan Department of State (Secretary of State) as a fraud investigator. In November 2002, Bill “retired”; however, retirement didn’t last long. In February 2003, Bill accepted part-time employment with the Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Homes as an Assistant Funeral Director (i.e. “go-fer”). He continued in that capacity until sometime in 2013 when he really retired and moved to Florida.

In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by three brothers, Robert, James and Thomas; four sisters, Helen Lynch, Dorothy Morris, Mary Jane Deschryver and Margaret Morris; and step-daughter, Jackie Brinker-Cohen of Napels, FL.

Bill is survived by his wife, Marjorie of Grand Ledge; sons, Gregory Morris, of Fowlerville, and Jeffrey (Susan) of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Elizabeth Morris of Grand Rapids; step-sons, David NcNurlen of Grand Ledge and John Brinker of Alaska; step-daughters, Debbie Willey of Grand Ledge, Holly (Alex) Oliva of Texas. Bill is also survived by his brother, Joseph (Helyne) of Reed City; brother-in-law, Joe Deschryver. Bill is the grandfather of five children and step-grandfather of 13 children.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 16, 2020, 10 a.m., at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow Highway, Lansing, MI. Interment will follow at Fort Custer Military Cemetery near Battle Creek. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 3-6 p.m. at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes., 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing and one hour prior to services at the church.

For those desiring, contributions may be made to a charity of your choosing in memory of Bill. Memories and online condolences may be shared with the family at www.grlansing.com.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Greg Morris, Casket Bearer
  • Jeff Morris, Casket Bearer
  • Derek Morris, Casket Bearer
  • James Brinker, Casket Bearer
  • Jared Brinker, Casket Bearer
  • John Michael Brinker, Casket Bearer
  • Mitchell Ramirez, Casket Bearer
  • DONATIONS

  • Charity of your choosing

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 16, 2020

Memories

William "Bill" F. Morris

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Deborah Willey

January 17, 2020

Bill was one of the most giving people I knew. He was always straightforward with his replies and often had good advice.
He even went as far as to drive from MI to MS to bring me a car then turn around on the same day and take a Greyhound bus home. However, I heard that it would be the last time he ever rode a bus. 😉 He has done so many things for me throughout my life and is very much appreciated.

It was hard toward the end when mom went places and Uncle Dad stayed home but needed help with meds, meals etc. I would do what I could to spend time with him and make sure he had what he needed. I will miss those quiet moments together drinking coffee with him and reading the paper.

I love you Bill, you will forever be in my heart ❤️

Debbie

Terry Wilks

January 16, 2020

Good Morning
Please accept my condolences regarding Bill's passing and journey home to be with our Lord and Savior.

I worked with Bill during all of his time with the Secretary of State and he was one of the most honest, hard working, funny, interesting persons I ever had the privilege to know.

May God's grace hold and keep your entire family

Jennette Stahelin

January 14, 2020

Bill and I used to joke around a lot. He always told me I had a great complexion.
During the holidays he would tell me to bring him a green bean casserole.
Many times when I would leave his and Margie's home. Bill was the gas fairy; I would have a full tank of gas, compliments of Bill. He always did it in secret.
He would call my 3 boys (his grandsons) JJ, because he had trouble telling them apart, and they all had names beginning with J.
He was loved, and I will miss him a lot.

Mary & Roe Williams

January 14, 2020

Will never forget get all our dinners with the Ulmer's, Lee's and Roe and I had with you and Bill together. He will always be remembered.

Carol Stickney

January 14, 2020

My favorite memory of Uncle Bill was when he came to my "show and tell" at Bretton Woods School when I was in first grade. He came in his State Trooper uniform and put handcuffs on me. I got to walk through the rows of my classmates showing them how "cool" it was to be handcuffed. I wonder if Uncle Bill said, "Now, kids, this really isn't cool." I also got to ride in the backseat of his patrol car once. Again, "cool" as a kid--not as an adult. :) Love you Uncle Bill. Your favorite second oldest Eaton County niece.

Alana Brinker

January 13, 2020

It was always enjoyable to visit Grandpa Bill at his and Gma Margie's house. I married into the family (to James Brinker) and he would sometimes have a hard time remembering my name, which was made harder because I married an identical twin. To help him remember, he would ask me where I went to college, which was Albion, and refer to me as that. It was always with fun and laughter. I didn't know him in his prime, but he seemed to have lived a very full life with many children and grandchildren around to love and care for him, and most of all his steadfast wife Margie who cared for him so well.

Kristine Malone

January 13, 2020

I remember as a child of perhaps 10 riding in a car from Grand Rapids to Reed City on a hot summer day with Ruthie & Bill. Because we had no car A/C back then, we rode with the windows wide open. Ruthie had a new, treasured hat in a hat box on the ledge behind the back seat. The power of the hot air swooshing thru the open windows blew the hat box out the window. Ruthie exclaimed, “ oh Bill, my new hat! You’ve got to turn around & go get it!” I could tell by Bill’s facial expression he was none too pleased. But, being the sweet, loving husband, he turned around & retrieved the hat. Wow! What a man I thought.

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Biography

William Fred Morris died Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Fairview AFC in Grand Ledge, at the age of 82. He was born in Reed City, MI on November 22, 1937, the son of Frederick and Florence (Weiland) Morris. Bill graduated from Reed City High School in 1955 and joined the Navy. In 1959 he became a police officer at the Grand Rapids Police Department. Bill left GRPD in 1963 to become a police officer at the Lansing Police Department. In August 1966, Bill left LPD and began his career with the Michigan State Police. He retired from MSP in 1990 and began employment with the Michigan Department of State (Secretary of State) as a fraud investigator. In November 2002, Bill “retired”; however, retirement didn’t last long. In February 2003, Bill accepted part-time employment with the Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Homes as an Assistant Funeral Director (i.e. “go-fer”). He continued in that capacity until sometime in 2013 when he really retired and moved to Florida.

In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by three brothers, Robert, James and Thomas; four sisters, Helen Lynch, Dorothy Morris, Mary Jane Deschryver and Margaret Morris; and step-daughter, Jackie Brinker-Cohen of Napels, FL.

Bill is survived by his wife, Marjorie of Grand Ledge; sons, Gregory Morris, of Fowlerville, and Jeffrey (Susan) of Eaton Rapids; daughter, Elizabeth Morris of Grand Rapids; step-sons, David NcNurlen of Grand Ledge and John Brinker of Alaska; step-daughters, Debbie Willey of Grand Ledge, Holly (Alex) Oliva of Texas. Bill is also survived by his brother, Joseph (Helyne) of Reed City; brother-in-law, Joe Deschryver. Bill is the grandfather of five children and step-grandfather of 13 children.