Dennis Eugene Morris
Dennis Eugene Morris, 73, of Springfield, died at 11:31 am, Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born May 21, 1943 in Belvidere to Edwin and Edna Lungstrom Morris. He married Doris Dulaney on August 19, 1967, and she survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Darren and Dedrick Morris both of Springfield; one daughter, Dayna Swartz of Springfield; two grandsons, Charles Jacob and Dylan James Swartz; two brothers, Edwin (Cyndy) Morris of Belvidere and Robert (Karen) Morris of Cherry Valley; one sister, Connie (Dan) Shiroda of Poplar Grove; brother-in-law, David (Barb) Yakey of Kirkland and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister, Linda Yakey.
Dennis became a Christian during college and shared his faith with many including his parents and siblings. He was a member of Western Oaks Baptist Church for many years, were he was involved in many of the ministries including “Journey to Bethlehem” and nursing home services at Heritage Manor. He endeavored to spread the love of Christ wherever he went by everything he said and did.
He was an Art Educator for elementary, middle and high schools for District 186 retiring in 2000. He was Horace Mann Educator of the Year for District 186 in 1991. He was a member of Prairie Art Alliance (Springfield Art Association); National Education Association; Illinois Educational Association and Illinois Art Education Association. He produced and exhibited art works done by painting, sculpting, paper making and print making. He has pieces currently on display at the Springfield Art Association and St. Louis Art Guild.
He was an Illinois Master Gardener. He served on committees that planned, created and maintained various garden projects at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, the Lincoln Home area, and the Children’s Garden at Henson Robinson Zoo.
The family will host a Celebration of Life on Friday, May 27, 2016 at Western Oaks Baptist Church, 5345 Old Jacksonville Rd., Springfield, IL.
Visitation: 9:00–10:45 am
Service: 11:00 am with Pastor Josh Parsons officiating.
Burial: 2 pm Friday at Roselawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of sending flowers, the family requests you send flowers to someone you love.