Obituaries

Obituaries

K. Duane Morris 1937 - 2005

Funeral services for K. Duane Morris, 68, Lawrence, will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.Mr. Morris died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness.He was born April 14, 1937, in Fairbury, Neb., the son of Raymond and Alene Bassett Morris. He graduated from Kansas University in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in industrial management. He played football for KU from 1957 to 1959.Mr. Morris served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1963.He worked most recently building homes in Lawrence as partner with Paragon Homes. Formerly, he worked as an industrial manager for three private contractors on the Lunar Landing Module project for NASA at Cape Canaveral, Fla., from 1963 to 1970. He later worked as a system plant manager for IBM in Essex Junction, Vt. He opened Morris Sports in Lawrence with his family in 1976. He also worked as a Realtor for Stephens Real Estate and founded Master Plan Management in Lawrence.Mr. Morris was a member and former president of the Downtown Lawrence Assn. He was also a member of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, Plymouth Congregational Church Endowment Board and the board of directors for Accessible Residential Options in Lawrence. He also had served on the board of the Lawrence Boys and Girls clubs.He married Judy Allen on May 29, 1959, in Lawrence. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include two sons, Ken and Bret, both of Lawrence; a brother, Donald, San Jose, Calif.; and four grandchildren.The family will greet friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.The family suggests memorials to Accessible Residential Options, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Lawrence or Special Olympics of Kansas, sent in care of the mortuary.Online condolences may be sent to <a href="mailto:info@warrenmcelwain.com">info@warrenmcelwain.com</a>, subject: Morris.