Robert Dale Morrissey, 91
Posted on December 12, 2013
Robert Dale Morrissey, 91, of Bluffton, passed away at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Markle Health & Rehab Center.
Mr. Morrissey was born in Wells County July 11, 1922, to Thomas Michael and Hattie Marie Pruitt Morrissey.
He graduated from Rockcreek High School with the class of 1940. He served his country in the United States Army from October of 1942 and was honorably discharged in January of 1949 as a staff sergeant in the 128th Infantry Regiment.
On Feb. 14, 1952, in Bluffton at St. Joseph Catholic Church, he married Evelyn Haflich. They have shared the last 61 years of marriage together.
Dale was an owner/partner in the Haflich & Morrissey Shoe Store. He worked in the Bluffton Store starting in 1939 and moved to Decatur in 1950 to open and operate the Haflich & Morrissey Shoe Store in Decatur. After retirement in 1984, his favorite activities were mowing and enjoying the outdoors. In 2003 Dale and Evelyn moved back to Bluffton. His favorite expression was, “Oh Happy Day.”
Dale was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bluffton. He was a Fourth Degree – Knights of Columbus in Decatur along with a member of the Third Order of St. Francis. He was an active member of the Decatur Optimist Club for 43 years, where he was awarded perfect attendance for that time, and a member of the Bluffton Optimist Club for seven years.
Dale is survived by his wife Evelyn of Bluffton, along with children, Nancy (Larry) Leitz, Janet (Doug) Lehman and Michael (Jill) Morrissey, all of Bluffton, and Patrick Morrissey of Fort Wayne. He was a proud grandpa to four grandchildren; Nathaniel “Nate” (Erica) Lehman, Gregory Lehman of Bluffton, Nicole (Doug) Miller of Fort Wayne, Matthew (Jordan) Morrissey of Zionsville, and three great-grandchildren; Carter Allen Lehman and Cadence Danielle Lehman and Cale David Morrissey.
He is preceded in death by his brother, Harold Morrissey.
Calling hours will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. A prayer service and rosary will be held at 7 p.m. following calling. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bluffton with Father Pius N. Ilechukwu and Father Steve Colchin officiating, with calling for one hour prior to Mass at the church. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery with military honors performed by the American Legion Post 111 of Bluffton and the United States Army Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made in Dale’s memory to the Bluffton Optimist Club or Mass of Intentions at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Friends can send online condolences to the Morrissey family at www.thomarich.com.
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