The Woodward News


July 2, 2012

Walter Morris

Woodward, Okla. — Walter Morris 82 year old Woodward resident died Saturday June 30, 2012 in Shattuck. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday July 3, 2012 at the May Cemetery with Reverend Wesley Peterman officiating. Interment will follow with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.    

     Walter Franklin Morris was born on February 15, 1930 in May, Oklahoma the son of George Henry and Celia Lavenia (Bonham) Morris. Walter was reared in May and graduated from the May School in 1948. While in school Walter lettered in Basketball and Baseball. Walter was united in marriage to Lenora Fae Ishmael at the Woodward Courthouse on September 22, 1950. Walter and Fae made their home in May. Walter was inducted into the United States Marine Corps in 1952. He served overseas during the Korean War near the Island of Guam. Walter was honorable discharged in 1954. The couple then moved to Twin Falls, Idaho in 1954 and then Rupert, Idaho in 1957. They returned to Laverne living their until moving to Sidney, Nebraska in 1964. In 1969 they moved to Hennessey and finally they moved to Woodward in 1975. Walter drove tuck for J&R Transport for many years. He also worked for C.R. Antony Co. and Wal-Mart.


     He is survived by one son, Henry Morris; one daughter, Annitta Tillman and husband John all of Woodward; eight grandchildren, Brandy Laszacs of St. Robert, MO; Daniel Mitchell of Woodward; Eric Tillman of Theresa, NY; Becky Sarabia of Medicine Lodge, KS; Amanda Morton of Vici; Devin Harris of Buffalo; Skiler Morris and Troi Morris both of Woodward; 21 great-grandchildren; three sisters, May Kincheloe of Twin Falls, ID; Iona Wilson of Scappoose, OR; Darlene Walker and husband Gene of Hereford, TX; several other family members and friends.

     Walter was preceded in death by his wife Leonra Fae, one son Walter George "Gowdy" Morris, daughter Elizabeth Morris, one grandson, his parents, and one brother Ray Morris.

     Memorials may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for Cancer Research with the funeral home accepting.

     Remembrances may be made online at

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