Howard Ray Morris (1931 - 2017)

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Howard Ray Morris passed away Oct. 28, 2017, at Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont. He was 86 years old.
Howard was born on Feb. 14, 1931, in Edgewater to Charles and Elizabeth (Menzies) Morris. Howard was one of seven children, growing up in the hills west of Denver. He was a Colorado native, living the majority of his life in the Conifer area.
He married Carol Ann Keyes on March 12, 1966, in Bailey, and they shared 51 years and seven months loving each other.
Howard began his working life at 14, cutting timber and Christmas trees; he also rode bareback broncs in rodeos to earn extra money.
Before he turned 18, he was a lineman for the Intermountain Rural Electric Association, where he set and built power poles and lines across the Front Range and into the foothills. Soon after, he had his own crew, and he became a district manager.
Howard went on to receive his master electrician license, and owned and operated his own business, Morris Electric, in Conifer for 33 years until his retirement in 1999.
After he retired, Howard and Carol sold their home in Conifer and traveled the entire country for the following eight years in their fifth wheel, before moving to Frederick in 2007.
Howard was of the Christian faith and attended Life Fellowship Church in Frederick.
He enjoyed elk hunting every fall with his son and never returned empty handed. He loved riding horses with his family and snowmobiling with friends. He was at home in nature no matter the season.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wayne and Don Morris; and two sisters, Janet Rhane and Betty Carter.
He is survived by his wife, Carol, of Frederick; his children, Skip (Tanya) Morris of La Porte, Minn., Cheri (Chris) Downare of Cañon City, Gary (Cathy) Morris of Woodlake, Neb., Christine (George) Hartman of Morrison, Deborah (John) Fuller of Johnstown and Kara (Rich) Jones of Pueblo; grandchildren Cody, Chrissy, Catie, Jesse, Josiah, Justin, Sarah, Bobby, Lindsay, Jena, Hailey, Carly and Kirstin; 24 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Glenda Garrison and Vicki Higdon.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Life Fellowship Church, 415 Oak St., Frederick.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Howard Morris Memorial Fund to assist with hospital expenses at any First National Bank branch, or they may be mailed to First National Bank, 100 Johnstown Center Drive, Johnstown, CO 80534.
Cremation entrusted to Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. Visit www.ahlberg to share condolences.
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Published in Canyon Courier on Nov. 8, 2017