Benjamin M. "Ben" Morris, 6048 Stateline Road, Walla Walla, passed away Aug. 7, 2010, at his home at the age of 86 years. Memorial services will be Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Walla Walla. Memorial contributions may be made to the Walla Walla Community Hospice through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
Mr. Morris was born July 14, 1923, at the family farm north of Armel, Colo., the son of Freeman W. and Velma V. Matney Morris. He grew up on the farm and graduated from Armel High School. He attended Colorado A&M before enlisting in the Air Force and learning to fly airplanes. He flew B-26 bombers during World War II and later became a helicopter pilot in the Korean War. Mr. Morris married Leona Brenner, and the couple had a son and two daughters. They divorced in 1959. On Nov. 14, 1979, he married Dorothy Morrisette in Albuquerque, N.M. The couple enjoyed traveling as he flew helicopters for the U.S. Forest Service, Atomic Energy Commission, Shell Oil as well as many other places in the world before settling in Walla Walla. His first love was flying and he had many tales to tell and pictures to show.
Mr. and Mrs. Morris were blessed to have a grandson, Arron Richards, come into their life in 1989. Mr. Morris loved pinning the wings on Arron as he also became a helicopter pilot. His zest for life will be missed along with his sense of adventure. He was a member of the Lutheran Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post #24.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Morris at their home; a son, Freeman Morris of Idalia, Colo.; two daughters, Nancy Flower of Esparta, Calif., and Mary Lou Whisenand of Greeley, Colo.; three stepsons, Wesley Morrisette of Olympia, and Frank Morrisette and Daniel Morisette, both of Walla Walla; 13 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, and beloved pets.