Donald Morrison


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Posted Online: April 01, 2013, 7:53 pm
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Donald Eugene Morrison, 81, of Rock Island, died Friday, March 29, 2013, at home surrounded by family and friends.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be planned at a later date. A private family burial service will be in Stuart, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to your favorite charity or organization. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, is assisting the family.
Don was born June 29, 1931, in Stuart, Iowa, a son of Harry and Freda Hadley Morrison. He married Marilyn J. Hutchcroft on Feb. 28, 1954, in Mediapolis, Iowa.
Don graduated from Drake University and received his master's degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He also studied at the University of Southern California, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Oakbrook University.
Don served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955.
Don was a music teacher. He began teaching in 1957 at Hanover College, Indiana. In 1966, he continued his teaching career at Augustana College, Rock Island, and retired after 27 years. Mr. Morrison conducted the Augustana Choir, Chamber Singers and Handel Oratorio Society, and also taught voice. In retirement, he conducted the El Paso Chorale, organized the Las Cruces Chamber Choir (New Mexico) and was a mentor, accompanist and choir director for the Las Cruces high school. Don served the Church as an organist and choir director from high school through retirement.
One of his most cherished awards was to be named an Honorary Alumni at Augustana College — to be included in the group he valued so much, his students.
Don loved his family, friends and students. He enjoyed sports, following the activities of his grandchildren, many hobbies, flying kites and riding motorcycles, He was a former Commodore of the Lake Davenport Sailing Club.
Surviving are his wife, Marilyn Morrison; son, Jonathan Morrison, daughter-in-law, Adrienne Morrison and grandchildren, Sarah, Jacob, Gillian and Taylor; son, David Morrison; son, Michael Morrison and daughter-in-law, Julie Morrison; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ted and Beverly Hutchcroft and Nancy and David Cox. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Hank; and sister-in-law, Jane.
Online condolences may be left at wheelanpressly.com.







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