Robert E. Morgan


August 13, 1924 - August 17, 2009





     Robert E. “Bob” Morgan, Ret. Assoc. Justice, Supreme Court of South Dakota, was born on August 13th, 1924, in Mitchell S.D. and died peacefully in his home in Sioux Falls on August 17th, 2009.

     The son of Chester L. “Chet” and Phyllis (Saterlie) Morgan, Bob grew up in Mitchell, where he was a member of the Mitchell High School, Class of 1942.  Bob Morgan studied pre-Law at Creighton University, after which he answered his country’s call, serving in the Pacific theater as a radioman in the Army Air Corps during World War II.  He was awarded the Soldiers’ Medal for the rescue of a fellow airman performed under fierce enemy fire on Saipan.

     Upon his return from the war Bob completed his education, receiving his law degree from the University of South Dakota in 1950.  Joining his father Chet in the practice of law in the Mitchell law firm of Morgan & Fuller (now MorganTheeler), and later his brother Jack, Bob faithfully represented clients in transactions and disputes throughout South Dakota for more than 27 years.

     Justice Morgan was elected to the Supreme Court of South Dakota in 1976, on which he served until his retirement in 1991.  He lived in Pierre and Vermillion during his Court tenure, maintaining offices in the State Capital and the USD School of Law.

     Bob Morgan was united in matrimony to Mary Doyle of Yankton in October of 1950, with whom they raised four children, until her death in 1971.  He and his second wife, MaryAnn (Vermeulen), had two children, one of whom died in infancy.

     In his retirement, Bob lived in Vermillion, later moving to Sioux Falls, where he resided at Waterford At All Saints.  In his later years, he returned to the practice of his Catholic faith, and will return to the Father on Friday, August 21st (at 1:30 p.m.) from Holy Family Church in Mitchell, where he had been baptized as an infant in 1924.

     He is survived by his brother, Jack (Nancy) Morgan, Niles, MI and five children: Mary Alice, Sioux Falls, SD, Mike (Kathy), San Diego, CA, Tom (Susan) Sioux Falls, SD, Maggie, San Diego, CA and Dan, Oakland, CA; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister, Constance; his first wife, Mary; and his infant daughter, Elizabeth.



Thursday, August 20, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Rosary Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, August 21, 2009
1:30 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church
321 East 3rd
Mitchell, South Dakota


Military Graveside Rites
Calvary Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Paul Bjorneberg on August 21, 2009
Mary Alice, Maggie, Tom and Mike,

I'm so sorry I wasn't able to accompany Elizabeth to your Dad's funeral. Although I only met him a few times over the years, he always impressed me as a good, solid, well-read and fascinating gentleman. Mary Alice, I particularly remember you, Elizabeth and I having having breakfast with him a few years back and how fascinated I was by his stories.

It's time we had a Morgan/Doyle (and out-laws) reunion to share memories and create some new ones. How about a Yankton invasion next summer?

All my heartfelt sympathies and love,

Posted by Marianne Ewing Texley on August 21, 2009
Dear Tom,
My deepest sympathy is extended to you and your family. I know my Dad had a deep respect for your Dad and appreciated the time they were able to work together in the court system. It is never easy losing a parent. I think of my Dad almost daily, and it gets easier to laugh and remember great memories. Take care, Marianne Ewing Texley, Winona, MN
Posted by Cheryl Schrempp DuPris on August 21, 2009
Dear Mary, Mike, Tom, Maggie and Dan,
My sincere sympothy on the loss of your father. I law clerked with your father in Pierre in 1988 when he was a Justice on the Supreme Court. It was my first job in the legal profession. I will always remember how he made me feel welcome and how he sought out my ideas and opinions on the cases he handled, even though I knew so little about the law. In the years following my clerkship, he continued to show an interest in my career accomplishments. I appreciated that very much.
I regret that I was not able to attend the funeral today, but please know that I regarded your father warmly and that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Posted by Laurie Hoffman and Cathy Struckman on August 20, 2009
Mary We were very sorry to hear of your father's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Cathy and Laurie
Posted by Debra Artus on August 19, 2009
I haven't seen Maggie since 7th grade but have always remembered what good friends we were. My deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your father. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
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