Robert Charles “Chuck” Morris, 90, of La Grande, died July 28, 2008, at his property at Wallowa Lake.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Elks Club in La Grande. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Baker City.

Chuck was born on March 20, 1918, at Haines to Edward Jenkins and Fanny Ann Borton Morris. He was a Haines High School graduate and became an engineer for the railroad.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1943. He married Mary Jean Metcalf on Nov. 9, 1945, at Baker City. The couple moved to Seattle, Wash., while he was in the service.

He was honorably discharged in 1946, and he and Mary returned to Baker City. They moved to La Grande in 1950. In 1965, they purchased property at Wallowa Lake and started to build their dream cabin.

Mary Jean and Chuck were proud to say that they did all the construction, except the electrical work. Once completed, they spent all their free time enjoying a job well done with family and friends.

Chuck was a 50-year member of the La Grande Elks Lodge and a member of the Baker Elks Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Jane, who died in 2004; sister, Clara; and brothers, Frederick and Raymond.

Survivors include his daughter Judy and her husband, Jim Rygg, of La Grande; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Loveland Funeral Chapel and Crematory of La Grande is in charge of arrangements.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, July 31, 2008
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor