RICHARD (DICK) LEE MORRELL SR.
October 1, 1938—February 15, 2017
Richard (Dick) Lee Morrell Sr. died Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at the age of 78 years, four months and 15 days.
Richard was born in Crandon, WI, to Louis and Leona (Holmes) Morrell on October 1, 1938.
Richard grew up in Crandon and entered the Army at 17 years of age. His Military career began in April of 1956. He served active Army and Reserves, retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1998. Over the course of his military career, Richard served in Korea, Alaska, and three tours in Germany. Richard mainly trained troops when they came in. The last 12 years he was a senior combat truck instructor. During his later service years, he was stationed at Camp (Fort) McCoy. Richard was a life time member of the VFW.
Richard was united in marriage to Gale Izard in August of 1964. To this union two children were born, Richard (Rick) Lee Morrell II and Maureen. Richard and Gale were later divorced. Richard Married Joyce (Hackbart) Landgraff March 26, 1977. To this union Richard gained four step children, Connie, Cheryl, Chris, and Curt.
Dick enjoyed bowling in his earlier years, fishing, camping, hunting, playing cards, and his coffee clutch with the guys at Syverson’s gas station.
Richard is survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Joyce Morrell of Sparta, WI; son, Richard (Rick) Morrell and daughter, Maureen McDonald, both of Pocatello, Idaho; step children, Connie (Scott) Jerome of Sparta, Cheryl (Dave) Slezewski of Sun Prairie, WI, Chris (Shelley) Landgraff and Curt Landgraff, all of Onalaska, WI; brother, Chuck (Rose) Morrell of Crandon, WI; sisters, Roberta Possing of Hiles, WI, Phyllis (Jay) Cleveland and Margaret Morrell, all of Crandon, WI, Rose Ann Hansen of Bristol, WI, Vernice (Wayne) Montgomery of Laona, WI; sisters-in-law, Carol-Dee Morrell of Colorado Springs, CO, Carole (Denver) Wright of Iola, WI, and Colleen Hackbart of Ripon, WI; brothers-in-law, Raymond (Luann) Hackbart of Coloma, WI and Richard (Judy) Hackbart of Ripon, WI.
He is further survived by his grandchildren: Christin Turner, Erin (John) O’Connor, Bobbie Gomez, Austin Morrell, Alex Morrell, Logan Fagnant, Joshua McDonald, Brian Leis, Eric Jandt, Danelle Jandt, Kelly Jo Clark, Samantha Clark, Rachel Clark, Alexis Landgraff, and Cole Landgraff, 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Louis J. and Leona M. (Holmes) Morrell; brothers, Edward, Warren, James, and William; sisters, Clara and Violet Morrell; brothers-in-law, Peter Hansen and Elroy Hackbart; sisters-in-law, Faye Morrell and Josephine Morrell; parents-in-law, Elmer and Bernice Hackbart.
Richard’s family would like to thank the Morrow Home Staff and Community for the wonderful care he received while residing there, and the Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home for assisting the family with arrangements.
A Celebration of Life for Richard will be held Sunday, March 19th at the Sparta American Legion from 1 to 4 p.m.
Online condolences may be offered to the Morrell family at www.schanhferfh.com.
Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home