Albert Burr Morris, Jr.

Born: Sun., Jun. 28, 1925
Died: Mon., Feb. 4, 2013


Graveside Service

1:00 PM Mon., Feb. 11, 2013
Location: Athena Cemetery


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Albert “Al” Burr Morris, Jr. - a resident of Pendleton died Monday, February 4, 2013 at his home in Pendleton.  He was 87 years old. 

Graveside Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:00 PM, Monday, February 11th, 2013, in the Athena Cemetery, Athena, Oregon.  Send condolences to the family online at www.burnsmortuary.com   Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. 

Albert was born June 28, 1925 in Great Falls, Montana.  He was the son of Albert B. Morris, Sr. of Belt, Montana, and Alice E. Mickelson of Moore, Montana.  He was raised and educated in several cities across Montana, including: Moore, Square Butte, Geraldine, Great Falls, Highwood, Carter and Fort Benton.  He enlisted into the United States Marine Corps at the age of 17.  He was sent overseas in1942, and served in the Pacific Campaign in the Solomon Islands, the Russell Islands, and the Eniwetok Atoll. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps in 1945.  On December 11th, 1948, he married Joyce C. Tucker in Lewiston, Idaho. 

Al farmed with his step-father Emil Timmerman near Athena and Helix, Oregon in 1945.  He began employment with Parker Taxi in Pendleton, where he worked from 1946 to 1948.  In the summer of 1948 he went to work for the City of Athena as Athena City Police.  Following that he rode his Indian Motorcycle through Hells Canyon with his friend Laurence Bacus, gaining national publicity.  He then went to work with Pendleton Grain Growers, Pendleton Division, where he worked for two years before being named Manager of Petroleum, where he worked until retirement in 1987.  While employed at PGG he worked part time for twenty years driving wheat truck and hauling general merchandise for Oregon Film Service/McBreen Trucking to Ontario and Baker City.  After 39 years at PGG he retired.  He then was employed at Mid Columbia Bus Company, where he worked for fifteen years driving School Bus and Charter Bus, retiring for health reasons in 2004 at the age of 79.  He continued raising horses until 2008, he also had a Llama, Daniel.

He was a past member of the Pendleton Jaycees, was a past Charter Member of Pendleton Exchange Club, the V.F.W. Let’Er Buck post 922, Marine Corps League, Disabled American Veterans, was Chairman of Pendleton Oil Industry Committee, and the 10th Defense Battalion U.S.M.C..

Al is survived by his wife of 64 years Joyce Morris, his children: Joanne Spencer, Brenda Cook & Dundas Winn, Reggie Morris and Peggy Bronson, a brother, Bill Timmermann of Helix, grandchildren: Lisa Knox, Justin Peek, Nathan Peek, Andrew Peek, Laura Peek, Anna Peek, Kama Peek, Jessica Peek, Levi Peek, Ira Draper, Brett Cook & wife Kathy, James Preston & Rose Sigo, Dionne Bronson & K.C. Picard, Bryson & Lizzy Bronson, Alex Morris & Sarah Heise-Arroyo, and Lanee Rae Morris.   He loved his family very much and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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debbie hearn
   Posted Tue February 05, 2013
to joyce and family; my heartfelt condolences for you all. I have enjoyed being with you when I took care of Albert,he was the kind of man who had a lot knowledge about grow
ing up in Pendleton,being in the military and also the kind of heartfelt thanks for serving in the service. Iwas only there 2 times a week but I felt like I knew him for my whole lifetime. Thank You for coming into my life. Debbie Hearn


Janet Gilbertson
   Posted Wed February 06, 2013
Blessings to you Joyce and all of the family. I loved working with Al and think he was one of the kindest people I have ever met.

Kim Ashbeck Schwab
   Posted Wed February 06, 2013
Al was one of my favorite people-- he drove both my children to many a Sporting event when they were in High School- he was so great to everyone always had a smile and never seemed to get tired from those long trips- may you know that he made a difference to many kids that he served while driving the bus-- he was one of a kind--

Jim Harris
   Posted Thu February 07, 2013
Condolences to you, Mrs. Morris, and to all of your family. When I was a new PGG petroleum customer 30+ years ago, Al made sure that doing business was always a positive experience. It was also intriguing how our lives intersected over the years. Al transported my children to athletic events and later was my Dad's "roommate" briefly at Willowbrook a year ago. It was always a pleasure to see him.

Pam Wachter
   Posted Fri February 08, 2013
I am so sorry to hear of Al's passing. When he drove school bus my kids absolutely loved him. He was never afraid of making the one mile treck up our driveway no matter what the weather. My thoughts are with you all. He will be missed.

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