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.