February 20, 2013
John Morris, 81, of Grandview, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many, passed away on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.
John was born Sept. 23, 1931 in Hayden Lake, Idaho to James Hollie Morris and Altha Merrick Morris.
He married Margaret Paulson on Nov. 11, 1949.
John moved to Grandview in 1947 and started working at Hanford as a laborer until 1952, when he became an asbestos worker. He was a very strong union man, and belonged to the Asbestos Worker Local 82 in Spokane.
John retired from Hanford in 1987. After retirement he and his wife enjoyed many years in their RV as snow- birds.
He was a handyman and had many rentals, tried his hand at farming for awhile, and owned the Grandview Motel from 1968 to 1978.
He enjoyed woodworking, golf, square dancing and helping others with any home projects they needed. After the snowbird life, John and Margaret bought a home in Quail Run Mobile Home Park, where they managed the park from 2001 to 2011.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret Paulson Morris; his daughter, Lynda Morris Phillips; two sons, John (Butch) Morris Jr. and Kevin Morris; nine grandchildren, Jackie Walsh Hughes, Jerrielyn Morris Thomas, Lisa Phillips, Jimmy Walsh, Steven Phillips, Matthew Phillips, Michelle Morris, Cheryl Morris and Kara Morris-Phillips; and six great-grandchildren, Jaelynn Morris, Rebecka Lyn Morris, Travis Winslow, Dreason Hughes, Jonathan Phillips and Austin Sain. John enjoyed his grandchildren and they gave him so much fun and joy. He is also survived by his brothers, Gordon Morris of Richland, Donald Morris of Ellensburg, Clyde Morris of Grandview and Jim Morris of Ridgefield.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hollie and Altha Morris; two brothers, Kenneth Morris and Keith Morris; three sisters, Joy Morris McDermott, Sharon Morris Highsmith and Sandra Morris; one grandson, Jimmy (Jimbo) Walsh; and special friend and brother-in-law, Glenn Paulson.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Family Life Church (formerly Grandview Assembly of God Church) in Grandview.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude's Hospital, the Lung society or your favorite charity.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.valleyhillsfh.com
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in care of arrangements.