Roger Earl Morrison, 82, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2011, at the Ringgold County Hospital. He was born March 29, 1928, on the family farm south of Tingley, Iowa to Herschel and Macelle Steinkamp Morrison. He attended Eighme #9 country school until January 1941 and graduated from Tingley high school in 1945. He attended the Tingley Christian Church and was baptized there as a youngster. He was active in 4-H. In December 1950, he joined the army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War.
On February 14, 1954, he married Donna Joyce Ferguson at her family home in Tingley. To this union three children were born, John Roger, Rebecca Rae and Lori Denise.
Roger was a farmer and a rural mail carrier. He enjoyed driving teams of ponies and mules in area parades and always had a joke or story to tell. He enjoyed going to Texas in the winter. He attended the Iowa State Fair every year beginning as a child. He was an avid high school girls softball fan and had tickets to Iowa State football games for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Donna; son, John of the home; daughter, Becky and husband Tiger Gordon of Fayette, Missouri, and daughter, Lori and husband Rich Mercer of Kellerton, Iowa; grandchildren, Tony Mercer and wife Ashley of Tingley, Iowa, Alex Mercer and wife Tanicia of Des Moines, Iowa, Andy Mercer and special friend Rachel Appenzeller of Ames, Iowa and Matt of Kellerton, Iowa, and great-grandchildren, Logan, Angela and Tysen.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial contributions are to the Tingley Christian Church or Ringgold County Fairgrounds. Arrangements were through Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Services were held at the Tingley Christian Church in Tingley on Tuesday, January 4, 2011, with Rev. Merlin Wilkins officiating. Musician was Peggy Skarda.
Casket bearers included Tony Mercer, Alex Mercer, Andy Mercer, Matt Mercer, Mike Lechtenberger and Doug Ferguson.
Honorary pallbearers were Donald Weeda, Elbert Skarda, Turk Allen, Donald Grout, Jim Eason, Robert England, Jim Smith and Dr. Max Pool.
Roger was laid at rest in the Tingley Cemetery in Tingley.