In Memory of Robert Dale Morr
Died: February 24, 2019
Robert Dale Morr, age 83, of Lake Havasu City, AZ (formerly of Odebolt, Iowa) passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at his residence in Arizona.
A Graveside Service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the Odebolt Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. Military Rites will be conducted by the Roose Post No. 313 of the American Legion, of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.christensenvanhouten.com
Robert “Bob” Dale Morr was born in Odebolt, Iowa, on June 21, 1935, to Floyd A. and Wanda V. (Moore) Morr. He grew up in Odebolt, attending school and working at the local variety store until entering the service. He also attended the University of Iowa.
Bob served in the armed forces, both in the U.S. Army and Air Force. He was a Vietnam Veteran, during which time he was involved with an intelligence group where he served as analyst and agent. Following his enlistment, he resided in Thailand for several years until his return to the states where he spent several years in the Ames, Iowa, area where he owned and operated a coin shop. He most recently resided in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
Bob had fond memories of his childhood in the Odebolt community and chose to make it his “eternal home”. He was a lover of flowers and plants and enjoyed growing and tending his own. Other personal interests included coin collecting and playing the lottery. He spent a great amount of time following politics and policies and researching various other topics related to his interests.
Much time was devoted to researching the Morr genealogy and history for the benefit of future generations. His impeccable desire for accuracy and organization contributes to this legacy he has compiled for family. He was an avid reader and enjoyed analyzing government and legal policy. Over the years Bob helped numerous individuals with both personal and financial burdens. His compassion and generosity have been honorable. Bob was a proud member of the American Legion.
Robert is survived by his older brother, Earl A. Morr of Hampton, VA, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Morr and Wanda Morr Pratt, brothers Richard D. Morr, James F. Morr, and Craig M. Morr.
The family wishes to thank Art and Luann Bauer and Bill and Terri Cline for the compassion and care they provided Bob both in the past several years, and especially in his final days.
1:30 p.m., Wednesday,
March 13, 2019
Bob tried to help other people and become involved in their lives. He did truly care about others’ well-being, he often agonized over what people were doing and why. He lived by a strict personal code of honor. But Bob was not an easy person to be friends with. Yes, Bob was very likeable, but he held those he was close to very accountable. Being a bit of a control freak, he made demands on friends and expected them to be carried out without delay or complaint. “DW, I am low on brandy, order me a case.” “I want you to research prostate cancer and PSI readings for me.”
Bob was not computer literate, when he first left Lake Havasu City over 20 years ago, he loaded Mike Olson and me down with paperwork he needed done. Ultimately, he had Joe Bohlman do a tremendous amount of legal paperwork and financial management for him.
When Bob made friends, they were extremely loyal to him. For some reason, although he was an atheist, he tended to make friends of people who were religious. At one time in his youth he considered becoming a minister, but turned from that course to become atheist.
Bob never married. He was convinced that it would come to a bad end because he did not want to answer to anyone but himself. Early in his life he determined through a random survey of friends, that most men, even those he considered happily married, regretted being married. Although he admitted to me “you needed to be married DW.” I was probably the happiest married person he knew.
I miss Bob. He was demanding and harsh at times, but he always cared about and looked out for those around him. He was always as active as possible, and always pushed me to be my best. It was never boring with Bob around, he would not allow himself to be bored. He maintained high standards. Even in his last year of life, when it took him four hours, he would make an attempt to get around and look good if he left the house. At the very end it just became too much. He was a father and sibling to me in many ways, and even at the most frustrating of times, a friend.