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Richard D. Morris (May 17, 1933 - February 6, 2008)

The Lusk Herald
February 13, 2008

Richard D. Morris

Funeral services for Richard D. Morris, 74, were held Feb. 12 at First United Methodist Church in Newcastle with Rev. Eric Parker officiating. Burial followed at Greenwood Cemetery under direction of Worden Funeral Directors of Newcastle. The family asks that any memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Richard passed away at his daughter's home in Torrington on Feb 6, 2008.

Dick Morris was born 18 miles West of Newcastle to Ben and Edna (Pridgeon) Morris on May 17, 1933. He was one of eight children. Dick attended Knobby Knoll School and Newcastle High School, graduating in 1951. In 1956 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Korea. After being discharged from the Army he did ranch work including working for Bob Wright and George Mill. In 1962 he married Karen Hammell. To this union two children, Fern and Cody were born. He later worked at Black Hills Power and Light plant in Osage and for Townsend Oil Company. He owned and operated Western Processing in Newcastle with his brother. Dick enjoyed ranching, hunting, fishing and gardening. His family was very important to him.

Mr. Morris was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Edna, and one brother Jim Morris.

He is survived by four brothers and two sisters; Buster (Charlee) Morris of Glendive, Mont., Bill (Peggy) and Ben (Vina) Morris both of Newcastle. Bob of Wickenburg, Ariz., Helen (Dick) Knipp of Osage and Joy (Mickey Hammell) of Casper. Survivors also include his former wife Karen and his children Fern Morris of Torrington, and Cody (Jeanette) of Osage; and two grandsons, Tye and Brandon; and several nieces and nephews.

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