Robert Eugene Morris (2-4-17) service 2-10-17
Robert “Bob” E. Morris was born on 30 September 1931 in Savannah, the son of the late Mr. Arthur Cahal Morris and Mrs. Willie-May Briley Morris.
Mr. Morris passed beyond this life on 4 February, at his home, surrounded by family, in San Jose, California. Bob was 85 years old.
Bob spent his childhood on Riverside Drive in Savannah, graduating from Savannah High School, where he met and married Virginia Lee Fondren, who resides in San Jose, California.
After entering the U.S.A.F., Bob and Virginia left Savannah for the military life. Bob was an Airman for SAC, working B-52 Electronics, acquiring the rank of TEC-5 (SSGT).
Mr. Morris took an opportunity in the mid 1950s to join a budding ‘Space Program’ in Houston, Texas. There, Bob took charge of a group of engineers and had direct access to, and supported the Gemini, Mercury and Apollo flight programs, including command of the engineering team overseeing the Lunar Landing in 1969.
Following the Apollo 12 mission, Bob took another opportunity at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Bob Morris was a skilled engineering team member of the Voyager 1 & Voyager 2 Deep Space Probes. Bob had his expertise applied to many other missions while at JPL, and those missions took Virginia and he across the world.
Bob Morris met various Sr. U.S. Government officials, notable scientific dignitaries, and at least two sitting U.S. Presidents. Bob completed his working career after 39 years with one single employer. Bob was loyal to his country, his employer, his family, his friends, and his faith in the Lord. My Pop was an extraordinary man.
Bob and Virginia had three children, Kathy Jeanne of Orange County, California, Barry Wayne of San Jose, California, and Robert Cahal of Cookeville, Tennessee. Bob and Jenny also adopted a daughter, Buffey Joella. Bob enjoyed each of his 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. ‘Papa’, as he became known was the perfect playmate to all of those ‘Grands’, with endless energy and intriguing stories that flowed like a river out of our beloved Papa.
Robert E. Morris was interned with full military honors, on 10 February, at Los Gatos Memorial Garden, Los Gatos, California. Rest Easy Pop.