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December 10, 1932 - October 2, 2019
Service Date: October 12, 2019
Church Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home with visitation beginning at noon.
Samuel Fredrick ‘Fred’ Morris Jr, 86, lifelong resident of Rapid City, died Wednesday October 2, 2019 at Rapid City Regional Hospital. He was a 3rd generation South Dakotan, born December 10, 1932 in Rapid City to Samuel Fredrick and Ida Pearl (Roberts) Morris. He grew up helping his father raising cattle and cutting hay and became friends with many of the landowners in the Black Hills.
Fred met Barbara Brown in 2nd grade and loved her until the day she died. They were married May 3, 1950. They raised their four children (3 boys and 1 girl), giving them all jobs at their construction company where they worked most of their lives. Fred was a Construction Developer in Rapid City for the majority of his life beginning in 1967, working closely with his sons and his wife Barbara. Fred ran the business with his son Mitch until he retired in 2017 to care for Barb. He was very busy all of his life.
Fred and Barb always knew when they were in need of help they could always count on their youngest son Mark to be there for them. He did a lot with them from hauling the Rapid City Cobbler wresting cheerleaders to all the out of town matches.
In the earlier years, Fred would take his family snowmobiling in the field across from the Bulldog Ranch and they would stay in a camper. He was involved in Trail #1, the first snowmobile trail developed by the Black Hills National Forest Service. He
He also worked with Rushmore Little League in the field development and the starting of Rushmore Little League. He enjoyed traveling to warmer climates with Barbara later in life.
Fred was the kind of man that was friends with everyone he met. He was a man of his word and he loved to tell you about all the things he had built in the state of South Dakota including many roads and Housing developments.
“I am proud to call him Dad”. Love you forever – Mark and family.
He is survived by his children, Samuel Fredrick Morris III, Mitchel Earl Morris, Cherie Lynn Morris and Mark Alfred Morris, his grandchildren and great grandchildren.