Rev. Kevin Joseph Morris
1955 - 2019
BORN
1955
DIED
2019
Rev. Kevin Joseph Morris

Richmond - May the Risen Christ come to receive his faithful servant FATHER KEVIN MORRIS.

The world lost a cherished pastor, a devoted brother/uncle, a thoughtful friend, and a zealous fan of the Notre Dame Irish and the Indianapolis Colts when Father Kevin Morris died in Centerville on March 12, 2019. He was born on October 28,1955 in Bitburg, Germany to Joseph F. and JoAnn (Mortimer) Morris, both of whom pre-deceased him.

A proud alumnus of Holy Spirit School, Cathedral High School, and IUPUI, Kevin worked as an accountant at Jenn-Air, Corp. in Indianapolis. In 1980, he married the love of his life Carol (Bixler) Morris who died in 1990. A grief that never left him would shape his special ministries to the sick, the dying, and the grieving.

Kevin entered St. Meinrad School of Theology in 1992 and in 1997 was ordained to the priesthood. He was beloved by the parishioners and staff of the two Catholic communities he served: St. Susanna in Plainfield (1999-2012) and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Richmond (1997-99 and 2012-19). Schoolchildren speak about Father Kevin lighting the fire of faith in their souls. He brought Christ to hundreds of couples through pre-Cana and marriage ministry.

Family survivors are his brother Michael (Toni) Morris, sisters Patrice Morris, Terri Morris (Tim) Downs, Angela (Jaye) Jump, and Laure Morris (Steve Taksar), nieces Claire and Emma Morris, Brooklyn Bowling, Grace and Caroline Downs, Katie (Keegan) McCamment, and Caitlyn Valentine, nephews AJ Morris, Patrick Kraft, Samuel and Eli Taksar, and Michael Valentine, great-nieces and nephews Nora and Nolan McCamment and Emmie and Eli Valentine, mother-in-law, Emma Bixler, brother-in-law David Bixler, sister-in-law Mary Catherine (Jim) Valentine, uncle Dan (A'Donna) Mortimer, aunts Doris Wedge and Joyce (Bernard) Tencleve, and many loving cousins. Father Kevin was predeceased by his parents, his wife, his father-in-law Jerome Bixler and brother-in-law Michael Bixler. The family gratefully recognizes the friendship of Mary Ann (Peach) Holbrook for her expert care and support of Father Kevin over many years.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 4-8PM, with a 7PM Vigil Service at Holy Family Church, 815 W. Main St., Richmond. Additional Visitation will be held on Monday, March 18, 2019 from 8:30-10:30AM, with a 10:30AM Funeral Mass at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1347 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Flanner Buchanan -Washington Park East is assisting the family with arrangements. See flannerbuchanan.com for the full obituary and suggestions for memorial contributions.





Published by The Indianapolis Star on Mar. 17, 2019.
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Mar
17
Visitation
4:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Holy Family Church
815 W. Main St., Richmond, IN
Mar
17
Vigil
7:00p.m.
Holy Family Church
815 W. Main St, Richmond, IN
Mar
18
Visitation
8:30a.m. - 10:30a.m.
Saints Peter and Paul Cathedra
1347 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN
Mar
18
Funeral Mass
10:30a.m.
Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral
1347 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN
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Father Keven will be sadly missed by the whole Richmond Community .
Jacqueline Kloer
March 24, 2019
William Mercer
March 18, 2019
I had the privilege of being a good friend of Kevin's in Seminary. Even though we have gone our separate ways I hold many fond memories of times spent together and the humor that he displayed!
William Mercer
March 18, 2019
I had the privilege to be Father Morris' physician for a few years, prior to his transfer to Richmond.He was a fine priest and wonderful person. I will miss him very much.Earth is poorer for his passing.May God welcome Father Kevin to his heavenly kingdom and Bless his family and friends he leaves behind.
T J Story
March 17, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Father Kevin's passing. He was a great Pastor to us at St. Susanna and always ready to listen and advise. My prayers go out to his family.
MC Pence
March 16, 2019
Fr. Kevin was extremely humble, kind, self giving and wise but also very humerous, which you couldn't help but walk away with a smile after an encounter with him, and this was in spite of obvious pain he must have had many times!. I appreciate his gift to us of the priesthood and may God embrace him immediately in His loving arms.
Nancy Reed
March 15, 2019
There are not enough words to express our sympathy in the loss of our pastor and friend. Fr. Kevin was one of a kind, we loved his faith and shared in his joy of being our pastor, leading us in love and doing good, avoiding evil as he would say to his flock. He loved the cherry pie and chocolate chip cookies I baked on occasion when he would throw the diet to the wind ,he called me "sunshine" and I always enjoyed the smile on his face. God Bless him as he is with the love of his life, Carol. Ann Smith
Ann Smith
Friend
March 15, 2019
a loved one
March 15, 2019
Father Kevin Morris will be deeply missed by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish of Richmond IN, as well as by all who have been touched by his life and teaching. I have found growth through his leadership in Richmond, and am deeply grateful to have known him.
Vera D. Crowl
Friend
March 15, 2019
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