Eugene Edward Morris

December 22, 1929April 23, 2014


DECEMBER 22, 1929 - APRIL 23, 2014

Eugene "Gene" Morris passed peacefully from this earth on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at home in Redding, California, with his wife by his side.

He was born December 22, 1929, in Howard, Kansas, to Edward and Alice (Poole) Morris. One of eight siblings, Eugene attended a one-room school and learned the value of hard work and determination growing up on a share cropper's farm during the Depression.

After graduating high school in 1948, Eugene enlisted in the US navy and served as a radioman on the USS Deuncan during the Korean War. While stationed in San Diego,, he met his future bride, mary Lou Gregor. They married in 1951 and began their life in Southern California together.

Gene and Mary Lou lived in Covina, California where he was employed by Western Electric, then AT&T, for 35 years.

Together they raised five children: John, Ken, Mary, larry, and Linda.

Gene retired in 1984 and they moved to Redding, California.

Gene was a faithful family man who enjoyed fishing, gardening, puttering, and maintaining his home. He was also among the favorites at the weekly Bingo games at Redding Senior Center and their bus trips to Reno. an avid storyteller, he could entertain a crowd of any size with his recollections of life in the Midwest and his exploits in the Navy.

Gene Morris is preceeded in death by his parents; his brothers, Willard, Chester, and Lewis; his sisters Ruth, Coretta, and Edith; and his daughter-in-law, Linda Morris. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Lou Morris of Redding; his sister, Dorothy Goss of Wichita, Kansas; his five children and their spouses, fourteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces, a legacy of which he was extremely proud.

A committal service will be held at Northern California Veterans Cemetery on Monday, April 28, 2014, 11800 Gas Point Road, Igo, Calfiornia, at 12:30 p.m.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the Mercy Hospice of Redding for their kind assistance.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Northern California Veterans Cemetery would be appreciated.


  • Funeral Service Monday, April 28, 2014

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Rev. Susan Davis

May 17, 2017

Mr. Eugene Morris was my favorite teacher at Gompers (Junior High, back then). He nurtured my love of music, and always encouraged me. I will always remember the time he told me that, "Girls can't play the trombone." So, I took the trombone home, learned the hardest song ("Faith of Our Fathers). While I was playing it after class, Mr. Morris got out his trombone and played a duet with me! He was the best! I just saw that he had passed away; I will miss him, and be grateful to God for blessing me to have him for Band Class (1967-1970).

April 30, 2014

My Father, My DAD, My Pops.
He was a good hard working man who I have looked up to all my life. He was the one who gave me away to another good man in my life. He will be missed and thought of every day. Love ya POPS. One of your favorite daughters. Linda Lou

Christie Morris

April 29, 2014

Eugene Morris was a great man, and we will miss him dearly. Our garden is dedicated to this man who made it all possible. We love you mom...Larry and Christie

Beverley Davies

April 29, 2014

I remember Gene as an outstanding man who was devoted to his children. He loved life, humor, baseball, and Mary Lou. I'll never forget his laugh. He was a really good man. Bev Riley Davies

Jane Layne

April 28, 2014

A GREAT story teller. I always liked them.

Yulanda King

April 27, 2014

Gene will always be in our hearts.

Yulanda and family

Danny & Gayle Walter

April 27, 2014

Great picture of a great man.

Atwood Family

April 26, 2014

Love and prayers your way. RIP

Bonnie Tibbitts

April 26, 2014

Gene was such a wonderful person always there to help if he could.Mary Lou & Gene went on many of our Reno Trips and attended many of our potlucks at our Senior Hall in Shasta Lake.Gene will be missed by all and loved by so many.My love and prayers are with the family.