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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Robert Donald "Bob" Morrison, 83, resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at Mercy Health Center.

He was born July 16, 1928, in Quapaw, Okla., the son of Robert Morrison and Sadie Scott Morrison. He married Kathryn Emma Keeney on June 25, 1950, in Pawnee Station, Kan.

Bob graduated from Fort Scott High School and Fort Scott Junior College. He taught school for one year at Jubilee School and then went to work for the Western Insurance Company.

In January 1952, he joined the Army to serve in the Korean War. He took basic training at Camp Breckenridge, Ky., and was sent to the Presidio of Monterey Army Language School in Monterey, Calif., to study the Polish language for one year. He continued to serve for two years with the 532nd Military Intelligence Company in Viengin, Germany.

He was discharged as a sergeant and returned to Fort Scott and continued to work for the Western, where he served as assistant secretary of the fire department. He then worked for American States/Safeco until his retirement in 1993.

Bob was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Methodist Men's Brotherhood, the Masonic Lodge, Chamber of Commerce, Toast Masters and Rotary Clubs.

He also taught the high school Sunday school class for may years, was chairman of the Bourbon County Republican Party for eight years, and was a Cub Scout master.

Bob loved being with his family and friends, helping others, reading and outdoor activities. Bob will always be rememberd for his quick wit, kind heart and loving nature.

Survivors include his wife, Kathryn, of the home; two daughters, Linda Walker and husband Dr. Raymond, Garden City, Kan., and Barbara Beugelsdyk and husband Tony, Wichita, Kan.; two grandchildren, Christopher and Jennifer Morrison and daughter-in-law, Kim Davenport, Olathe, Kan. Also surviving is a sister, Sally Duvall, Salem, Ore.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved son, Paul, father of Christopher and Jennifer.

Rev. Ken Van conducted Memorial Services at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the First United Methodist Church under the direction of Cheney Witt Chapel.

Music was furnished by Pat Harry, organist, and Steve Harry, trumpeter. The eulogy was given by Barbara Beugelsdyk and Raymond Walker. Private family burial will take place today in the U.S. National Cemetery with military honors conducted by the V.F.W. Honor Guard.

Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church and may be sent to Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kan., 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com