Clark Morrison, age 85, of Philip, S.D., died Friday, June 7, 2014, at his home in Philip
Clark E. Morrison was born July 9, 1928, in Philip, the son of Guy and Ethel (DeLand) Morrison. He grew up on a farm 22 miles northwest of Philip and attended Elbon Rural School in that area. He later attended Philip High School, graduating in 1946. As a young man he farmed and ranched with his parents.
Clark was united in marriage to Bonnie Lindgren on February 25, 1950, in Sturgis. They made their home in Rapid City for a year and a half while Clark worked for Fairmont Creamery. They moved back to Philip in 1951. In the fall of 1952, he purchased a hay baler and did custom haying. In the fall of 1954 they purchased the Morrison Ranch. He continued to do custom haying and grinding along with operating the farm-ranch. In 1991, they moved into Philip, but continued to operate the farm-ranch, until the fall of 2011. He loved gardening with his special friend, Thelma, and spending time with family.
Clark was a member of the United Church in Philip, a former member of Hilland Lutheran Church where he served on the board for many years. He served as Haakon County commisioner for four years, and enjoyed playing cards and traveling to Deadwood, Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev.
Survivors include six children, Glenda Bilbrey of Sidney, Mont., Joan Kirchhevel of Rapid City, Ed Morrison and his wife, Marcia, of Philip, Dale Morrison and his wife, Tami, of Philip, Shar Moses and her husband, Mike, of Philip, and Cindy Schuler and her husband, Rowdy, of Philip; 19 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Thelma Hardt, of Philip; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Clark was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie, on July 25, 2007; a granddaughter, Shanda Kay Moses; a grandson, Daylyn Morrison; a son-in-law, Steve Kerns; his parents; and two sisters, Ruth Schneider and Helen Smith.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 12, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.
Music will be provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Barb Bowen and Mike Seager, vocalists. A poem will be read by Jory Kirchhevel.
Ushers are Norm Stoeser, Clay King, Ben Hartman, Steve Lindgren, Jordan Schofield and Dave Shumaker. Pallbearers are Justin and Beau Bilbrey, Jory and Nick Kirchhevel, William, Heath and Brandon Morrison, Michael Moses, and Jeremy, Shawn and Dana Kerns.
Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com
Memorials has been established to the Hope Lodge in Rochester, Minn.