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CONRAD Fred Ernest Morris, 88, died of natural causes Nov. 28 at Pondera Medical Center.

Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, at Gorder Jensen Funeral Home. Service is 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Choteau. Burial at Choteau Cemetery will follow. Gorder Jensen is handling funeral arrangements.

A longtime resident of Choteau and Augusta, he spent the last seven years in local nursing homes - Choteau, Big Fork, Shelby and Conrad.

Fred was born on the family homestead near Augusta on Jan. 15, 1924, the son of Mike and Katherine Morris. He attended schools in Augusta and Helena. He spent his early and mid-years working the family cattle ranch with his two brothers. As a sideline he worked in the Great Falls smelter, as a mechanic, and then started his own earthmoving business. He met the love of his Life, Judy Hanson at Simms and they married on New Year's Eve 1946.

Fred loved animals, music, tinkering and people. He had an intense imagination and sense of humor. He was most happy creating, collecting and fixing just about anything and everything. He was both artistic and mechanical and enjoyed fishing, travelling and playing music in his brother's family dance band.

Survivors include daughter Judy (McKee) Anderson of Dillon; sons Fred (Laurie) Morris of Conrad and Randy (Jerri) Morris of Choteau; sister Pauline Warn of Helena; six grandchildren: Matt Morris of Choteau, Jamie Morris of Conrad, Gena Morris of Conrad, Jeremy Morris of Conrad, Amber Anderson of Tucson Ariz. and Cameron Morris of Great Falls; two great grandchildren: Ryder Campanian of Conrad and Charlee Morris of Conrad; and many Nieces and Nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; five siblings: George Morris, Ellen Gorder, Kaye Namen, Fern Woodcock, and Mike Morris; and a grandson Cyril Morris.

The family wants to thank the many care givers that attended and befriended Fred in his long residency at the nursing homes. "A cup of Coffee, 2 Sugars, and give me your pop top."

Memorials are suggested to the St Mathias Catholic Church in Augusta or to a , online condolences may be posted at www.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Dec. 2, 2012
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