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Robert J Morford
03/20/1936 — 10/10/2023
From Richland, WA | Born in Missoula, MTWatch Service
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Robert J Morford
Robert Joseph Morford was born in Missoula, MT on March 20, 1936, to George and Perpetua Morford and died at age 87 on October 10, 2023, in Richland, WA. Raised in Spokane, he graduated from Rogers High School, where he excelled in math and tennis, and from Gonzaga University with a BS in Physics. He married Marilyn McNeil in 1959 and they began their life together in Seattle, where he worked for Boeing.
Following jobs in the aerospace industry, they eventually lived in California, Missouri, and Delaware, adding four children along the way. In 1976, they settled in Richland, where Bob worked for Westinghouse. After his retirement, he acted as a consultant with Moore and Associates. He always inspired his family with his selfless work ethic and personal moral code.
Bob frequently hiked Badger Mountain and biked thousands of miles with his friends. In later years, he rode his recumbent bike solo several times per day. Serving primarily with St Vincent de Paul, the Tri-Cities Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity, he volunteered countless hours. As the family mechanic and neighborhood fix-it guy, he spent many a weekend puttering around the garage. There was nothing he enjoyed more than a family picnic or a reunion in Sunriver.
He was preceded in death by his brother John, sister-in- law Jerry, sister-in-law Arlene Gomez, brother-in-law David McNeil, son-in-law Eric Stewart and nephew Jim Morford.
He is survived and forever loved by Marilyn, his wife of 64 years; brother Dan and Sue Morford of Vancouver; daughter Debra and Bruce Kittrick of Redding, CA; daughter Dianna Stewart and David French of Nailstone, UK; son Michael and Debbie Morford of San Ramon, CA; son Mark and Jennifer Morford of Lancaster, PA; devoted nieces, nephews and the next generation—Brian, Kara, Scott, Gregory, Benjamin, Theresa, Chloe and Aimee. He also leaves many good friends, especially Gene, who was there every day for Dad and all of us.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Christ the King Catholic Church in Richland, on Wednesday, November 15, at 11 am.
Dear Marilyn and Family,
St. Vincent de Paul home visits with Bob are cherished memories. Bob could give you directions to anywhere in Richland without a map! That is if you had the correct address, then he was very, very patient with me while I figured out the right one. We’ve missed Bob at our meetings these last few years. He will always be remembered as an example of Christian and Vincentian living.
Gina and Bruce Hugo