John M. Morrow
1933 - 2017
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Kimberly, WI
Morrow, John M.

John Melville Morrow, age 84, of Sherwood, WI, passed away October 21, 2017. He was born April 27, 1933 in Port Huron MI, son of John and Dorothy (Frack) Morrow. John graduated from Ann Arbor High School. John attended Staunton Military Academy before attending the University of Michigan.

John was a talented multi-sport athlete, excelling at football and basketball, playing for U of M Wolverines football teams from 1953 to 1955.

He married Gail Lundstrom of Manistique, Michigan in 1956.

He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 28th round of the 1956 NFL Draft. He played three seasons and appeared in 35 games for the Rams, principally as a center, during the 1956, 1958, and 1959 NFL seasons. John was traded to the Cleveland Browns where he played for seven seasons from 1960 to 1966. He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1961 and 1963 and was the starting center on the 1964 Cleveland Browns team that won the 1964 NFL Championship Game.

"Center John Morrow was a superb pass blocker, who could open holes up the middle for the Browns' running game and had the speed to get outside and downfield to help spring Cleveland's backs." -Jim Cnockaert, author of Michigan: Where Have You Gone?

After football, John had a successful career in the paper industry. He enjoyed golf, sailing, skiing, and was a breeder of Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

In retirement, John loved to spend time maintaining the Lundstrom Family "Camp Retreat" in Manistique, Michigan.

John was a dedicated husband and loving father. He is survived by his brother Tom of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and daughter Johnna Morrow of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

John was preceded in death by his wife Gail on October 9th, 2017, brother Gordon, and sister Ann Woodell.

A memorial service for John and Gail will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in John's honor.

Published by Appleton Post-Crescent on Nov. 12, 2017.
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Dear Johnna,

We are so very sorry to hear of the loss of both your mother and dad this past October.

We have many fond memories of our years together when we were with the Browns especially that 1964 Championship game.

Knew that you lived in Minneapolis, because the last time Paul saw John at a Browns re-union, he told Paul that he occasionally came into town to visit you.

Sad to see our good friends and good pass on.

In deepest sympathy.
Carolynn and Paul Wiggin
January 7, 2018
Johnna, So sorry to learn that you lost both parents within this short time frame. We knew them and you back in the 1970's when we all attended North Olmsted Congregational church. Such down to earth people, despite your dad's past career. Some great memories of times with both John and Gail and I suspect you were with my daughters in the church school.
May you be strengthened by great memories of two great parents.

Estella King
Lakewood, Ohio
Estella King
November 22, 2017
Johnna, I am so very sorry for your loss of your parents. John, Gail and yourself are always part of the Thompson Family. I loved both your parents and am very saddened to learn of their passing. John introduced me to Catamaran sailing on his SolCat in 1964...bought a Hobie Cat 16 when I was 18. I will always cherish my memories of sailing & racing with John on Indian Lake, visiting with him at our Hunting Camp and at "Camp Retreat", your gorgeous Log Cabin on the Stutts Creek. Your Father was an inspiration to me and I am honored to be able to call him and Gail - Family.

Gary & Patricia Thompson
Gary Thompson
November 20, 2017
Johnma, I remember your dad taking us sailing on his sailboat at Interlochen. Such a kind and lovimg dad..I am so sorry for your loss dear friend.
Laura Steinke
November 13, 2017
Johnna, So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers for you.
Mike Chaganos
November 12, 2017
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