|Birth: ||Nov. 27, 1905|
|Death: ||Dec. 17, 1985|
Albert George Morris, 80, of Springfield, Missouri died at 2:03 p.m., Wednesday, December 17, 1985 in St John's Hospital after a long illness due to lung cancer.
A Springfield resident since 1948, he was a 36 year employee of the Missouri Conservation Department, and had retired as Supervisor of the Department of Fisheries. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Everton. George was an Army veteran of World War II where he served in the Pacific. (George was perhaps the oldest draftee in to World War II, he was inducted the day before his 38th birthday when he would have been exempt from the draft. He took part in the battles of Anguar and Peleliu serving with Amphibian Tractor Battalion, Company B.)
He is survived by his wife Verna, son Allan and his wife, three grandchildren, a sister Lucile Morris Upton and brother Mount Etna Morris.
Services will be Thursday in Ralph Thieme Chapel with the Rev. Dean Hendricks officiating. Burial will be in Dadeville Masonic Cememtery, Dadeville.
The National Fish Culture Hall of Fame in Spearfish, South Dakota recently recognized the late A. George Morris.
He developed Missouri's highly sussessful catfish propagation program which still continues today. His catfish work was published as early as 1939. In the 1950's George pioneered dry diets and worked with Purina to produce one the country's earliest fish foods for hatcheries. He is credited with developing a special water-powered paddlewheel catfish hatching trough and special egg hatching baskets.
Although not formally educated in biology and fisheries, his insight, motivation, ability to see ahead and concern for fisheries resources, enabled him to guide and lead Missouri's highly successful fish culture programs that are still in practice today. He is sometimes called the father of modern day Missouri fish culture.
A. George Morris was also named one of the first seven inductees in the Missouri Conservation Hall of Fame, which recognizes those who have made lasting contributions during their lives.
George loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting from an early age. As a child, his mother paid him a penny apiece for every mouse he trapped. He was known to skin and mount them on a board to prove his catch. Yikes! His teacher allowed him ride in the buggy to the country school with her in the mornings. After school he would walk home, hunting as he came back to town.
In the 1950's he and several friends built "homemade" houseboats that floated on barrels, and anchored them in a cove on Bull Shoals Lake near Highway K boat dock. His family, including grandchildren, enjoyed decades of fun fishing, boating, skiing, swimming and relaxing at the much loved houseboat.
In retirement George and Verna were "snowbirds" to Florida, parking their Airstream trailer at Bonita Springs from November to March. They made many friends and continued to fish and enjoy outdoor recreation.
Summers in Missouri they would have a huge garden with all kinds of vegetables, red and black raspberries, strawberries, and lots of flowers. Verna also made use of the green apples from their tree, turning them into frozen applesauce.
They spoiled their three grandchildren with lots of love, attending many of their activities and programs, and spending numerous hours of quality time with them.
George was also a writer with published articles beginning in the 1930's. Most of his works involved fish, fishing and fish culture. He had many articles published by the Missouri Conservationist, as well as in other publications. In retirement he had a few in Modern Maturity, the early AARP magazine.
He used his sense of humor in a number of articles, making them fun, and easy to read. He was known for his sense of humor in all writing, whether it be a note, business letter pertaining to his career, or a letter to family.
Albert G Morris (1874 - 1908)
Veda Palestine Wilson Morris (1875 - 1960)
Verna Mae Jones Morris (1905 - 1988)
Allan George Morris (1933 - 1997)*
Lucile Morris Upton (1898 - 1992)*
Mount Etna Morris (1900 - 1988)*
Albert George Morris (1905 - 1985)
Dadeville Masonic Cemetery
Created by: P Jones
Record added: Mar 27, 2011
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Much loved Papaw|
Added: May. 1, 2011
Fisherman and fisherman's friend. Inductee to the National Fisheries Hall of Fame for his decades of work in fish culture here in Missouri.|
Added: Apr. 19, 2011
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