Joseph Harold Morrow, 90, of Malta Bend, Mo., died Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 15, 2 at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall. Visitation was Saturday at the funeral home, with burial in the Malta Bend Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Marshall or Malta Bend Cemetery. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born September 24, 1922, near Urbana, Mo., in Dallas County, he was the son of the late Robert Manuel Morrow and Gussie Edna Howard Morrow. On June 19, 1948, he married Helen Sullens, the love of his life, at the First Christian Church in Marshall, Mo. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage before her passing on April 18, 2010.
Harold was a farmer near Malta Bend and had a great love for the land. After his retirement, he continued to enjoy working the soil by gardening, growing both vegetables and flowers. He generously shared his vegetables with his family, friends, and those in need. His yellow rose was his pride and joy. His neighbors worked hard to build a sidewalk around the rose to save it. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, playing with his pets, and having fun with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed country music and especially enjoyed the Outdoor channel. He loved inventing gadgets to make work tasks easier whether it was for picking fruit or cutting weeds out of the soybeans.
Harold enjoyed visiting with his friends and family in the front yard. He enjoyed his faithful dog, Sam, and spent many hours discussing life with him. He greatly enjoyed reflecting on the vacations he had taken with family and friends. He was very proud of organizing one of the first 4-H Outdoorsman Hunter Safety Programs in Saline County. The program was enjoyed and remembered by over 40 participants. He was honored to have been selected by the Malta Bend FFA Chapter as an Honorary Chapter Farmer. He loved to reload shotgun and rifle shells and teach others to do the same. He was an excellent teacher and loved teaching fishing, gardening, and farming skills to people of all ages. He was known in the family for his ability to be a caregiver in times of sickness. He was a good angler and brought in many a good stringer of fish.
Harold is survived by one daughter, Jean Morrow of Columbia; one son, Robert Morrow and his wife, Marla of Montgomery City; one granddaughter, Leah Deeds and her husband, Lee of Branson; three great-grandsons, Jason Deeds, Nathan Deeds and Caleb Deeds; one brother, Carl Morrow of Malta Bend; one sister, Mrs. Vera Luehrman and her husband, Ed of Lexington, Mo.; and a number of nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by an infant son, David Wayne Morrow; and one grandson, Brent Morrow.
He will be sadly missed for his wit, kindness, patience, and generosity.