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Carl Morris, 92

Carl August Gordon Morris, age 92, of Cokato, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

His funeral service will take place Monday, April 25 at 11 a.m. at the Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato.

There was visitation Sunday, April 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato. Visitation will continue Monday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements are with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.

Carl was born May 20, 1923, in French Lake Township, to Isaac and Ruth (Peterson) Morris. He was baptized June 3, 1923, and confirmed June 5, 1938, at North Crow River Lutheran Church in Knapp.

He grew up in French Lake and Lamson, attended Dassel High School, and graduated from Cokato High School.

Carl worked as a farm laborer until joining the United States Army, serving his country in Okinawa, Japan in the 11th Airborne from January of 1945, until July of 1947.

Returning home, he bought the farm in 1948, and married Florence Illstrub Feb. 15, 1957, at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. They enjoyed traveling many places, including Alaska and Europe. Florence passed away Jan. 2, 2005.

Carl was united in marriage to Elnora May Peterson Schmidt in September of 2005, and they made their home in Cokato. Carl continued farming until he sold the farm in 2008. Nora passed away in August of 2012.

Carl enjoyed fishing, woodworking, golf, horseshoes, and traveling. He was a member of the American Legion, North Crow River Lutheran Church, Cokato Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his sister, Elizabeth (Marvin) Johnson of Lindsborg, KS; step-daughters Rose Schmidt (Bob Swanson) of Florida, Gail (Michael) Mooers of St. Louis Park, and Mary (Bill) King of Duluth; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and many friends.

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