OBITUARY

Robert C. Morie

October 18, 1936March 12, 2019
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MORIE, Robert Charles, 82, on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Beloved husband of the late Peggy Sue (nee Baxter) Morie; loving father of Lisa (the late Larry) Borchers and Pamela Racer; dear grandfather of Amanda Morie, Robert Racer, and Samantha Racer; dear brother of Donald (Joan) Morie; dear uncle, cousin, and friend to many

SERVICES: The family will receive friends and neighbors from 1-3pm on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Kriegshauser Mortuary West Chapel 9450 Olive Blvd., Olivette, MO followed by a Celebration of Robert's Life at 3pm.

  • FAMILY

  • Gordon Morie, Father
  • Ethel (nee Hammer) Morie, Mother
  • Peggy Sue (nee Baxter) Morie, Wife
  • Lisa (the late Larry) Borchers, Daughter
  • Amanda Morie, Granddaughter
  • Pamela Racer, Daughter
  • Robert Racer, Grandson
  • Samantha Racer, Granddaughter
  • Donald (Joan) Morie, Brother

Services

  • Receiving Family and Friends Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • A Celebration of Robert's Life Saturday, March 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

Robert C. Morie

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Dawn Garrison

March 21, 2019

Bob was one of the few subcontractors that would physically come in the office and do a takeoff for a project in the plan room. Bob did not like doing take-offs from a computer. When he finished he would stop and chat. Bob loved talking about his family. We would also talk about fishing at Lake Wauwanoka. We did have lake life and fishing in common. I told him if I ever had the opportunity purchase a lot at Lake Wauwanoka we would have a fish-off. I regret that we never had our fish-off. I am sure you are in the sweetest fishing spot ever. You are truly missed! ~ Dawn

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Biography

Robert Charles Morie was born on October 18, 1936, to parents Gordon and Ethel, and older brother, Donald. Growing up in north St. Louis city and in Normandy, Bob was an active child and a good student. He was close to his Grandma Hammer and enjoyed many visits to Sportsman’s Park to watch Cardinal baseball during his childhood years. As a student at Normandy High School he participated in the choir, was on the wrestling team, and was voted “Best Dressed” in his senior class. After graduation in 1954, he began his undergraduate studies at Purdue, and later transferred to Washington University where he finished a Bachelor’s degree in Business, which was immediately put to good use in the family business, Morie & Williams Painting & Decorating Company.

It is not clear exactly when they met, but when Bob started dating Peggy they sometimes went on double dates with Bob’s cousin Ronnie and his then-girlfriend Joan. They dated at a time when Gaslight Square was a popular destination for couples, and they were lucky to catch an up and coming act in East St. Louis called, “The Ike & Tina Turner Revue.” Peggy’s parents welcomed Bob with open arms. In fact, her father was often awake when they returned from their dates. They would find Mr. Baxter preparing a midnight snack of cold beans and ham which he gladly shared with Bob.

Peggy and Bob got married in 1962, shortly before his commission in the Air Force sent him to Europe during the height of the Cold War. Upon returning home from the Air Force, Bob served in the National Guard and got back to work focusing on the family business.

Their first child, Lisa, was born in 1963, and Pam (later known as “Daddy’s little helper”) was born in 1965. Bob loved his girls dearly, but that doesn’t mean that he was a pushover. In fact, he always made sure that they did their chores before they could leave the house. Sometimes it seemed that he made up work for them to do, but looking back now, Lisa and Pam both recognize that he was simply trying to instill a good work ethic in them.

At the same time, Bob loved having kids around their Creve Coeur home. It was not unusual to find him playing Indian ball in the street with the neighborhood kids. And then there were the many times he would have everyone pile into his car for a trip to McDonald’s or Baskin-Robbins!

Family time was sacred to him. Every Saturday night, they went out to eat together. Nothing would get in the way of that tradition.

Bob was a perfectionist, a trait that could be hard for the girls to live with, at times, whether he was coaching their softball teams, or teaching them how to do yard work correctly. Although later when his granddaughter Amanda came along, he would soften his instructions with, “I don’t want you to embarrass yourself!”
Pam and Lisa recall countless weekend trips over the years to the family cabin at Lake Wauwanoka in Hillsboro. Their father loved being on the water and in the sun. He would go swimming, fishing, waterskiing, and boating, teaching his children and, in time, his grandchildren the same skills. A favorite family memory comes from the time when Bob was teaching his grandson, Robert, how to ski on one ski. When making a turn, the motor suddenly just fell off the boat and sunk to the bottom of the lake, where it remains to this day!

Bob was a hard worker, attacking most jobs with energy and enthusiasm. He continued to work in the family business many years after others would have retired. He truly loved to do yard work, as well, sometimes cutting the grass at his daughter’s homes even when it did not need cutting.

He loved animals of all kinds. Lisa and Pam remember taking in wounded animals which Bob would show them how to care for. And then there was the kitten he rescued in Forest Park, Tanya, the Siberian huskie who came to live with them, and later one of her pups, Brutus. Under Bob’s care and direction, the Morie home was always a safe haven for critters.

Bob was a “sports enthusiast” He played softball and hockey with men half his age for years, loved participating in any sport on the water, and was ice skating as recently as six months ago. In addition to coaching his daughters’ softball teams, he attended his grandchildren’s sporting events whenever possible, including basketball, baseball, and softball games; even suffering through many gymnastics and dance recitals. In fact, he continued to attend sporting events at Westminster Christian Academy long after his granddaughter, Amanda, had graduated.

Bob loved playing games, as well as doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku. He’s had lunch with his friend Bill nearly every Friday for over fifteen years, where they watched Jeopardy and played trivia together.

These last six months were particularly difficult for a man who had been so active and energetic for so long. And yet, he did not lose his sense of humor. As recently as a few weeks ago, he shared a funny moment with Amanda, when he called to ask her which channel was showing the local Soulard Mardi Gras parade. Of course, no station would air it live, but she assured him he could catch a glimpse on the evening news!
Truly, what Bob leaves behind for those who love him is not so much about what he did during his lifetime, as about who he was. Shortly before he died, he turned to his daughter, Pam, and granddaughter, Samantha, and simply said, “I love you – for real!” That is something we can all take with us and hold in our hearts, that Bob was genuine and “for real!”

Bob Morie was a family man who lived for his children and grandchildren. He was extroverted, energetic, intelligent, compassionate, and he had a dry sense of humor. He was also thrifty and frugal, or as Peggy liked to say, “Cheap!” Bob was an adventurous eater who liked to try new foods. His love for being outdoors showed itself in both work and play where he could never get enough time in the fresh air and sun. Truly the world is a better place because a very real man named Robert Charles Morie lived and loved here among us.