Clifford Elvin Morris, 102


Clifford Elvin Morris, 102, formerly of Markesan, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Serenity Villa Assisted Living in Slinger.

He was born Aug. 3, 1910, to Van and Goldie (Taylor) Morris in Wiota; the second of five children.

Loving father of Carol (Henry) Orth, Roberta (Robert) Cruff, Joan (Nick) Orth, and Barbara Morris, all of Hartford; and father in-law of Cynthia Bloodgood (Ralph) Morris, of West Des Moines, Iowa. He is further survived by 14 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and friends.

Cliff was raised on a farm in Lafayette County and graduated from Darlington High School in 1928 where he played football, basketball and boxing. In 1929 he attended Coyne Electrical School in Chicago and completed a two-year program in just 18 months and was graduated. In the fall of 1932 he enrolled in Platteville State Teachers College to become a math teacher. When the Great Depression hit, he had to drop out of school to return to the family farm to help his father.

In the mid-1930s and early 40s he drove semi-trailer truck for Express Freight Lines between Milwaukee and South Bend or Detroit. In 1936 while driving truck he met and married his first wife, Ruth Mrozinski of Rolling Prairie, Ind. The family moved from New Carlisle to Milwaukee in 1941. Shortly thereafter he started his own business, Bowling Pin Service in Milwaukee, which continued until his shop burned down in 1956. His first wife and mother of his six children died in 1948 after a short illness. He married Marie Wittkowski Knier in 1952.

He returned to work as a licensed electrician and moved to Butler where he was appointed Village of Butler electrical inspector in 1973. In 1970 he purchased a cottage on Little Green Lake near Markesan. After selling his Butler home a couple of years later, he and his second wife divided their time between Pine Island, Fla. and Little Green Lake. In 1990 the Florida property was sold and they lived year-around in the cottage on Little Green Lake where his second wife died in 1995. Cliff continued to work as an electrician until age 94.

A man of integrity, Cliff was quick-witted and well-liked by everyone. He enjoyed the great outdoors; hunting, fishing and bowling, but he especially enjoyed watching all sports on TV, and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He was very patriotic, flying the American Flag daily at his residence. He was a member of the Nathanial Ames Chapter of Wisconsin Society Sons of the American Revolution.

Clifford was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; infant daughter, Joyce Eileen; son, Ralph; one great-grandchild, Rachel Kaphingst; brothers, Earl, Clyde, Vernon; and sister, Lona (Fred) Swanton.

Memorial Services for Cliff will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at the Shimon Funeral Home. 824 Union St., Hartford. The family will greet relatives and friends on Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Trees From Home, Inc. 2130 Brantwood Avenue, Glendale, WI 53209, are appreciated.

The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be found at www.shimonfuneralhome.com.