Father Robert P. Morris, retired priest of the Springfield diocese, died, Oct. 24 at St. Joseph's Home, age 84.
He was born Sept. 19, 1923 in Springfield, the son of Thomas F. and Helen Bridget Casey Morris. He graduated from St. Agnes Grade School, Cathedral Boys High School, Springfield College in Illinois, and then Kenrick Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood on April 17, 1949 by Bishop William A. O'Connor at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.
Father Morris served as assistant at St. Patrick's Church in Pana from 1949-1951. He then was appointed to St. Joseph Church in Granite City from 1951-1955; St. Thomas in Decatur from 1955-1959; Our Saviour Church in Jacksonville from 1959-1961. He became the pastor of St. Clare in Altamont from 1961-1966; St. Raymond in Raymond from 1966-1970; St. John in Carrollton from 1970-1976; Ss. Peter and Paul in Collinsville from 1976 until his retirement in 1999.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, James J., Rev. John and Richard W. Morris and his sister Helen Frances Morris.
Father Morris is survived by his brother, Thomas C. Morris of Springfield; a niece and nephew; three great-nephews and two great-nieces; several cousins.
The funeral Mass was held Oct. 31 at St. Agnes Church with Bishop George J. Lucas as principal concelebrant. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Springfield.
Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home, Springfield, was in charge of arrangements.