Howard Morrison

Dates

March 22, 1921 - August 15, 2017

Obituary

Howard Morrison, 96, of Fulton, SD died Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at the Tieszen Memorial Home in Marion, SD. Visitation will be 5-7:00 PM Tuesday, August 22 at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, August 23 at the Bittner Funeral Chapel. Interment will be 10:30 AM Thursday in Greenwood Cemetery at Brookings, SD.

Howard Warren Morrison was born March 22, 1921 in a log home his grandfather built on the Morrison ranch north of Phillip, SD.

He enjoyed boxing while in high school where he earned the nickname Tuffy. He also boxed in college and the Airforce. He was a South Dakota state boxing champion and a contender in the Golden Gloves. He also served as referee in many South Dakota state boxing tournaments.

He married Neva Langner of Elkton, SD on August 10, 1941. Neva passed away September 10, 1965.

Howard was a World War ll veteran. He worked in aircraft factories prior to serving in the Airforce from 1944-1946. He was a lower ball gunner on a B-17 and a right scanner (gunner) on a B-29. His three brothers were already serving in the military when he joined because thought he needed to do his part. He lost his youngest brother, Donnie, when the B-24 he was co—piloting was shot down and he was MlA for several years.

He was a game warden and land manager for the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks from 1949—1970. During which time he helped with Boy Scouts and Trained many youth in the hunter safety course.

Upon leaving the Game Department, he began his search for his dream place and in the fall of 1970 he purchased 50 acres in Little Spearfish Creek Valley in the Black Hills near Lead. There were over 37 springs and 14 dams on this property and he started a trout hatchery which he operated until 1996 when he sold the property.

After selling the hatchery, he lived in a log cabin in Spearfish Canyon for a year, before moving to White Lake, South Dakota where he purchased ten acres with a log home. He also had some land near Pickstown that had a grouse booming grounds and other wildlife which he enjoyed.

In 2014 he sold his log home in White Lake and moved to a smaller home in Fulton which he enjoyed very much. Howard was preceded in death by: his wife Neva, parents, three brothers, Wallace, Lyle and Donnie; two sisters, lola (an infant) and Caroline McGibney (James).

He is survived by: two daughters, Camilla Walton (Stan) Humboldt, SD and Patricia Peterson (James) Fernly, NV; son Thomas Morrison (Kathy)Farson, WY and a sister Dorothy Strande (Arthur) Rapid City, SD; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


Visitation(s)

Date
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Time
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301

Service

Date
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Time
2:00 PM
Location
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, SD 57301

Cemetery

Greenwood Cemetery
Brookings, SD


Posted by Bev Morrison on September 21, 2017
Morrison family, I just noticed that Howard had recently passed away. As you remember, Clyde and I bought our little acreage from him back in 1965. Clyde passed away on May 2nd, 2014... suddenly... what a shock to me and our family. I'm still living on the place w.e bought from Howard, however I couldn't if my daughter & son-in-law didn't live next door. We had sold 5 acres to them to build a new home. I know it's late, but I'm sending my thoughts and prayers to all of you. Your Dad was a great guy:-)
Posted by Carl and June Hansen on August 21, 2017
We didn't know Howard personally, but we are honored to be good friends to Tom and his wife Kathy. Just wanted to send our condolences to the entire family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by peggy wickman on August 20, 2017
I will always hold dear the memories of Howard and his Life. I admired his ability to go through a bad time and always bounce back. He set a good example of how to live. He was very generous with his time and home. I would visit my mom and dad in the summer time and we were always invited out to the headwaters to fish. On my parents 65th anniversary he came with the wild flowers from the black hills. Thank you Howard for being a star in my life.
Posted by Sandy Ekern on August 20, 2017
So sorry to hear about your loss. He was one special uncle to us. You don't forget them. Our thoughts are with you
Posted by Phyllis & Bill Williams on August 18, 2017
Sorry to hear of Howard's passing. Our deepest sympathy to his family. So sorry that we were unable to make it to the reunion in July. Always will have fond memories of Howard. He lived a good life and may he Rest In Peace.
Posted by Linda Heath on August 18, 2017
Howard and Les Jensen used to ho walking and then they would come by the coop sit around and talk for a bit and also have an ice cream. Howard alwsys bought me an ice cteam too when I was working. He was lots of fun. Prayers for the family.
Posted by Linda Heath on August 18, 2017
Howard and Les Jensen used to ho walking and then they would come by the coop sit around and talk for a bit and also have an ice cream. Howard alwsys bought me an ice cteam too when I was working. He was lots of fun. Prayers for the family.
Posted by Barb & Troy Becker on August 18, 2017
Howard was a great friend. We loved taking drives down to his land and just sit and visit with him about wildlife. He will be missed. Deepest sympathies to his family.
Posted by Dave Wickman on August 18, 2017
We were so fortunate to have had a recent couple of days with Howard in June. Fun times, fond memories, he is truly an example of a long fully lived life, vital to the very end.
Posted by Dick & Lynn Manthei on August 17, 2017
Pat, your Dad was a legend. What a remarkable guy. We are sorry for your loss.
Posted by Kari Manthei on August 17, 2017
Pat, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Janet Morrison on August 17, 2017
Sorry to hear about Howard, last time I saw him was at Larry's funeral 6 years ago but we always heard from him at Christmas. Visited with him several times at Spearfish.
Posted by Steve Manthei on August 17, 2017
Pat, so sorry for your loss. I do remember meeting your father, he was a great guy.
Posted by Charles and Donna Korus on August 16, 2017
Sorry to hear of Howards death. He was quite a man. Loved to visit with people and loved to dance. He enjoyed life. May he rest in peace.
Posted by Charles and Donna Korus on August 16, 2017
Sorry to hear of Howard's death. He was quite a man. Good dancer and loved to visit. Enjoyed knowing him. He lived a long full life.
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