William Northway Morris, age 93, died at Geauga Medical Center with family at his side on Wednesday November 18, 2020. William was born November 1, 1927 in Orwell OH; the son of Henry T. Morris and Mabel Northway Morris. When William was 7-8 years old they moved to Bloomfield OH where his mother and father owned a feed/hardware store. William always considered Bloomfield his hometown and maintained many life-long friendships there. In 1944 his family moved to Orwell and in 1945 William graduated from Orwell High School. In 1943-44, while still attending high school in Bloomfield he met Irma. Irma was in a school play, The Importance of being Ernest, and William would drive her home from practice. They would marry in 1947 and be married for sixty-four years until her death in 2011. William was a US Army veteran of WWII Japanese Occupational Forces, having served in Korea. After his service he returned to Orwell, married Irma on August 24, 1947, and settled in on the original 1860 Morris homestead as a life-long dairy farmer. William did not grow up on a farm, so his father Henry would teach him the ins and outs of farming, but Henry developed a serious heart condition and died young at the age of 63. William’s oldest boys had to grow up fast to help out. The farm continues under a fifth and sixth generation. William loved spending time with family. He loved taking long Sunday drives with Irma to visit friends and family. William is survived by six children: David (Joyce) of Painesville, Gary (Gail) of Orwell, Alan (Carma) of Orwell, Jeffrey (Sam Cha) of Lumberton, NJ, Brian (Darla) of Zanesville, and Kevin (Susan) of Orwell, and his late daughter’s husband, Bob Dobos, plus many-many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. William is preceded in death by his wife, Irma, and his daughter, Sandra J. Dobos. A memorial services will be scheduled during the summer of 2021.
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