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Hurly A. Morris April 9, 1932 – Jan. 19, 2017

Jan 25, 2017

CEYLON, Minn. – Services for Hurly A. Morris, 84, of Ceylon will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday January 23, 2017, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Estherville. Burial will be following the service at the Lake Belt Township Cemetery in Ceylon with full military honors by the Nassen-Detert American Legion Post #529. Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont and will continue one hour prior to the time of service at the church. Hurly passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, Jan. 19, 2017, at his home in Ceylon. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Hurly Alison Morris was born on April 9, 1932, the youngest son of Clarence O. and Linda (Gilberg) Morris in Welcome, Minn. In 1938, they moved to Ceylon where he attended school and graduated in 1952. Hurly entered the U.S. Army in 1952, and served in Korea until his honorable discharge in 1954.

On May 11, 1952, Hurly was united in marriage to Sandra Stefanski at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. This union was blessed with three children: Mark, Todd, and Lori.

Hurly worked at the Ford Garage in Sherburn as a mechanic until 1955. He then worked for Poppe Construction from 1955 to 1966. After that, he worked for Lampert Building Center from 1966 to 1972. In 1972, Hurly stated his own business: Hurly’s Construction and ran it until his retirement in 1994.

After celebrating over 50 years of marriage, Sandra passed away. Hurly then met Carol Danek and they were married on April 23, 2005.

Hurly was a life member of the American Legion, the V.F.W., Disabled Veterans and the Korean Veterans Association where he was commander for a number of years. He also served on the American Legion Color Guard for a number of years.

Hurly and Carol traveled by RV to the West Coast. They spent three summers from May to September in the RV in Alaska where he fished for halibut and salmon. They spent six weeks in Arizona one winter. The biggest trip was the Revisit Korea program where they spent a week in Korea and then another week in China seeing the Great Wall and the Terracotta Soldiers. In addition were many trips to the Missouri River for fishing and yearly trips to Beltami State Forest for deer hunting.

Hurly was very active. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and woodworker. He loved watching baseball, football, and Nascar on T.V. He volunteered at the Salvation Army and ran slot cars for the CER program at the Fairmont School as well as for Ducks Unlimited. He coached Peewee baseball and built many things for the home including building the house and even made guitars that went to special people.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Carol Morris of Ceylon, MN; sons, Mark (Deb) Morris of Fairmont, MN, Todd (Ramona) Morris of Fairmont, MN, daughter, Lori (Tom) Bents of Ceylon, MN; grandchildren, Matthew (Liz) Morris of Fairmont, MN, Amanda (Joe) McFarland of Mankato, MN, Emily (Ryan) Seale of Cedar Springs, MI, Abby (Doug) Roderick of Madison, SD, Erin Morris of Fairmont, MN, and Dani Morris of Fairmont, MN; five great-grandchildren; brother, Jim (Toots) Morris; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Shirley Stefanski, David (Annyea) Stefanski, Gerald (Stephanie) Danek, Richard (Candace) Danek, and Barbara Danek, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Hurly was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Linda Morris; wife, Sandra Morris; brothers and sisters-in-law, Merrill (Virginia) Morris, Leslie (Mary Jane) Morris, and Donald (Audrey) Morris, sister, Audrey Newell; two infant siblings; brother-in-law, Mike Stefanski; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Dorothy Stefanski.