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William "Bill" L. Morris

March 12, 1952 — October 29, 2020

North Manchester

William “Bill” L. Morris, 68, North Manchester, Indiana, passed away at his home on October 29, 2020. Bill was born in Dayton, Ohio, on March 12, 1952 to the late Victor and Vivian (Tannruether) Morris.

Bill graduated from Valley View High School in 1970 and Manchester College in 1975. During his younger years, Bill raced motocross. He met the love of his life, Debra Freshour, during spring break in 1973 while working at Peabody Seating Company. On November 23, 1974 the two were wed. During their forty-five years together, they had eight children and fostered hundreds of others. Bill and Debra were foster parents for over twenty-five years, giving their care, love and home to those who needed them. Bill was always willing to go the extra mile for his family. He was family-orientated, caring and humble. He taught his family the “R” word - responsibility - and believed people should take ownership of their actions and if they said something, they should do it.

For many years Bill served the North Manchester community as a volunteer fireman. He was Captain of Chester Fire Department and Chief of North Manchester Fire Department. Helping those in need was something about which Bill was passionate. He was often the first one in a burning structure and the last one to leave the scene. Bill was also instrumental in starting the Junior Firefighter Class for children wanting to be firefighters. After his adventures in firefighting, Bill worked in Quality Control for Precise Manufacturing, Fort Wayne, Indiana, from 1989 to 2019 when he retired. On Sundays Bill ran the audio and visual for many years at the North Manchester United Methodist Church, where he was a member. He was always thankful for all that he had and the opportunities he was given.

The loving memory of William “Bill” L. Morris will be forever cherished by his wife, Debra Morris, North Manchester; sons, Jeff Morris, North Manchester and Tyler (Stacey) Morris, North Vernon, Indiana; daughters, Wendy Schoettmer, North Manchester, Ethel (Steve) Baker, Warsaw, Nikki Morris, Shelbyville, Indiana, Keisha (Chuck) Marley, Marion, Indiana, Janie Morris, North Manchester, and Dawn (Doug) Macklin, Syracuse, Indiana; sister, Ann Gibbs, New Lebanon, Ohio; twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Family and friends may call Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Funeral services will begin at the conclusion of calling. Rev. Steve Bahrt and Pastor Larry Ray will officiate. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 Beckley Street, North Manchester, Indiana, at a later date.

For those wishing to honor the memory of Bill Morris, memorial contributions may be made to the North Manchester United Methodist Church, 306 East 2nd Street, North Manchester, Indiana 46962 or the North Manchester Fire Department, 709 West Main Street, North Manchester, Indiana 46962.


North Manchester United Methodist Church
306 East 2nd Street, North Manchester IN 46962

North Manchester Fire Department
709 West Main Street, North Manchester IN 46962

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