BATH — Burman Lee “Bill” Morris, 86, died on Dec. 3 at Mid-Coast Hospital surrounded by his family.
Born July 21, 1924, in Thurman, Iowa, he was the son of Arthur and Maire Weight. He grew up on his grandfather’s farm before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1943. He served in the Pacific during World War II aboard the light cruiser U.S.S. Richmond, and he often spoke of spending his 21st birthday shooting down Japanese kamikaze planes while serving at a gun station.
Following his honorable discharge in Feb. of 1946, he moved to Plattsmouth, Neb. and worked in the machine shops of Union Pacific for 38 years, retiring in 1984. On Nov. 11, 1952, he married the love of his life, Lillie Josephine Svik, of Clarkson and Omaha.
Morris is survived by his wife, Lillie, of Bath; daughter Patricia Lee Morris Clark and her husband Jeffrey of Bath, and their children Jocelyn of New York, N.Y. and Erin and her husband Stephen Zaremba of Andover, Mass.; son Carl and his wife Sally of Clifton Park, N.Y. and their children, Anthony and his fiancee Rebekka Skerker of Colonie, N.Y., and Christina and her husband Ed Pickett of Balston Spa, N.Y. and their children Corey, Olivia and Hanna.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Dec. 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bath. A private viewing service preceded the service at Desmond Funeral Home.
Donations in Morris’s memory can be made to St. John’s Catholic School, 500 South 18th St., Plattsmouth, NB, 68048.