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On Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 Gordon Morrison went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Gordon Henry Morrison, better known as "Gordie" to those who knew him, was born September 17th, 1932 in Woodward, Oklahoma. He was the sixth child of six, born to Damon "Shorty" Morrison and Mable Gertrude (Ward) Morrison. He attended school in Woodward, OK. Gordon was an all-around athlete including playing for the Woodward Traveler's baseball team, Woodward and Buffalo boxing teams, and football. He actually turned down two baseball scholarships from Oklahoma State University and Phillips University. The Boston Red Sox were looking at him as a recruit, but they decided he was too small. He then became a Golden Glove Boxer and had a record of 51 wins and three losses. He joined the Airforce at the age of 19 and served for 8 years, including active duty in the Korean War. He married Dorothy Robinson and they owned three Dairy Queen restaurants in Richmond, Virginia with two of his brothers. Gordon and Dot moved to Headland, Alabama where he was a supervisor for Cannon Oil Company for 9 years. They then moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where he worked for Western Offshore Drilling Company. After a year in Alaska, they returned to Woodward, Oklahoma in 1970, where he managed Briarwood Apartments for nine years. They had two daughters, Kelly Taylor and Kendra Conner.
Gordie's love for Alaska took him back to live there several times throughout his life. He loved the outdoors and the rugged beauty of the wilderness. He returned permanently to NW Oklahoma where he worked at Mann's Rental until his retirement. Gordie loved fishing, hunting, and living in the country. As his health declined he moved to the Clinton Veteran's Center in 2008, where he was able to be with his brother, Bob, who was also living there. Gordon loved the staff at the Veteran's Center and he had many friends who enjoyed his kindness and orneriness.
He is preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings, Damon, Wendall and Bob, and his two sisters, Naomi Miller and Winona Crites. He is survived by his two daughters, Kelly Taylor and Kendra Conner both of Woodward, OK. Two grandchildren Rachelle Rogers and her husband Steven, and Cody Conner, three great grandchildren, Lily Luckett, Kyler and Rylan Rogers, all of Woodward, Oklahoma, and many nieces and nephews, and his special friend Jessica who was like a granddaughter to him. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 22nd at 10:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, 1620 Lincoln Avenue, Woodward, Oklahoma .
Published on July 20, 2017
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