Irvel N. "Irv" Morford

Irvel Neil "Irv" Morford, age 71 of Philip, S.D., died Friday, September 2, 2011, as a result of an accident near Philip.

Irvel Neil Morford was born on January 28, 1940, in Highmore to Newton and Dorothy (Reisner) Morford. He grew up on the family farm north of Highmore and attended rural school in Washington Township, having the same male teacher all eight years of grade school. He attended Highmore High School, graduating in 1958. In 1959, he moved to Pierre and worked for Al's Construction, driving truck and delivering ready-mix concrete.

On February 14, 1960, Irv married Patricia Moss in Highmore. To this union two sons were born, Stephen in 1960 and Jeffrey in 1966.

After his marriage, he went to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Oahe Dam, transferring to Omaha in 1963. This job provided the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the central part of the United States from North Dakota to Texas. In 1964, Irv moved back to Highmore and went to work for Northwestern Public Service Company as an electrician. During this time he was a member of the Highmore Fire Department, serving from 1966 to 1985.

In 1977, he went to work for Western Area Power Administration as a substation operator at Ft. Thompson. WAPA transferred Irv to Huron in 1980 when he worked as a high voltage electrician. In 1985, he was promoted to foreman of the WAPA maintenance crew and moved to Philip, where he was responsible for maintaining 16 high voltage substations throughout western South Dakota. Irv retired from WAPA on January 3, 2004, with 31 years of federal service. During his retirement Irv enjoyed working part-time for Moses Building Center in Philip.

Irv is survived by his wife, Pat; his sons, Steve (Kathy) and Jeff (Bev); five granddaughters, Kristin, Kim, Kellie, Kara and Kylie; Kristin's husband, Derek Meyers and his first great-grandson, Kooper. He is also survived by his brothers, Merle (Vicky) Morford of Chadron, Neb., and Lynn (Mary Ann) Morford of Highmore; and one sister, LaVerta (Gerald) Palmer of Miller. He is also survived by numerous other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

Closed casket services were held Tuesday, September 6, at First Lutheran Church in Philip with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating. Graveside services were held at the Highmore Cemetery with Pastor Dave Peterson officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and Kim Kanable, vocalist.

Pallbearers were Steve Morford, Jeff Morford, Derek Meyers, Merle Morford, Lynn Morford, Lee Vevig, Mike Moses and Rick Palecek.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com