William R. Morris

Born: Saturday, August 23, 1941
Passed: Monday, January 15, 2018

1/19/2018 | 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
St. Anskar Episcopal Church 

1/20/2018 | 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
St. Anskar Episcopal Church 

1/20/2018 | 11:00 AM -
St. Anskar Episcopal Church 


William "Bill" R. Morris, 76, of Rockford, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 in his home. Born on August 23, 1941, in Chicago, the son of Edward and Helen (Bernhardt) Morris. He graduated from St. Rita High School in Chicago. Bill then attended Walton School of Commerce, Chicago, IL before receiving his bachelor's degree at DePaul University. He then later received his CPA degree from Wilson Junior College. Bill married Susan "Sue" Schmidt on June 27, 1970 in Arlington Heights (47 years). Before his marriage to Sue, Bill was formerly active in the Roman Catholic Church. He then became an active member at St. Anskar Episcopal Church in Rockford and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Ft. Atkinson, WI. After school Bill served 2 years in Peace Corps in Liberia, Africa. Bill was active for 13 years as a Cub Scout Leader with Pack 5, Winnebago, IL. Receiving the Silver Beaver Award and District Award of Merit; was active in the Religious Retreats and was a Brotherhood member of Order of the Arrow, Wulapeju Lodge #140; and supported day camps through the years. Bill enjoyed spending time with his family; taking annual vacations to Northern Wisconsin, fishing, playing his French horn and always enjoyed a good game of golf. He was also active in the Masons and Loves Park Kiwanis. He had a deep compassion for animals. He supported numerous charities but the closest to his heart is Valley of the Kings Sanctuary & Retreat in Sharon, WI.
Survived by his wife, Susan; children, Michael W. Morris of Lithonia, GA, Andrew (DeAnna) Morris of St. Louis, MO, Robert D. Morris of Rockford, Katherine S. (Patrick) O'Keeffe of Canton, MI, and Victoria A. (Nicholas) Sughroue of Conroe, TX; grandchildren, Rylee, MaKayla, Noah, Caitlyn and Niles; and brother, Richard (Kumyon) Morris. Predeceased by his parents; and brother Edward (Irma) Morris.
Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at St. Anskar Episcopal Church, 4801 Spring Creek Rd. Rockford, with Father Andrew Hanyzewski officiating. Visitation will be held at 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 19, 2018 at the church and also from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the Mass. Burial at Willwood Burial Park. Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to St.Anskar Episcopal Church, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Valley of the Kings Sanctuary and Retreat, or Boy Scouts of America, Wanchanagi District. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd.

Condolences & Shared Memories (6)

  1. MJ

    I am deeply sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one in death is one of the most difficult things families ever have to deal with. I have personally found comfort in the scripture at John 5:28 where it talks about a time when our loved ones in the memorial tomb will come out. In line with that thought is Revelation 21:4 where it says soon "death will be no more." So soon we can look forward to a time when not only we can be with our loved ones, but we do not have to fear losing them to death ever again. If you would like to learn more about the hope for our loved ones, please visit jw.org where there is much more info on what the bible says. Again, I express my sympathies and hope this brings you comfort in this difficult time.

  2. Mike and Tracie Condon

    Our deepest sympathies go to Susan and the Family. We have very fond memories of Bill when he brought Susan and the family out to Australia to surprise our daughter Nadene after she spent 12 fantastic months as an exchange student with the Morris’s. We remember picking Bill and the family up from the airport Bill kept asking are you sure we are driving on the correct side of the road. This was one of many great moments and fun times with us.

  3. Katie, Ken, Nathan Swank

    We're truly sorry for your loss, Katie and family. May you find some comfort in knowing he is at peace.

  4. Ron & Linda Tallacksen

    There are no words to help with your loss...Bill was a one of a kind man~ sending love and prayers for you and your family.

  5. Tracey Strunz (Lester)

    My deepest sympathies for you and your family Sue.

  6. Dan & Tracy Bengtson

    Sincerest Condolences to all of the Morris Family! We love you guys! If you need anything let us know! Sincerely, The Arizona Bengtsons