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Morris Franklin Somerville
June 25, 1921–February 1, 2011
Morris F. Somerville, 89, of Onslow, died Tuesday, February 1, 2011, at Silvercrest of Anamosa in Anamosa. A celebration of his life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 5, at New Life Community Church of the Nazarene, Monticello. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Lahey Funeral Home in Wyoming. Burial will be in the Wyoming Cemetery, Wyoming.
Morris Franklin Somerville was born June 25, 1921, in Marshalltown, Iowa, to William V. (Big Bill) and Florence E. (Bevins) Somerville. He graduated from Harlan High School where he participated in all sports and made All-Star football and basketball and was the state high school golf champion. He married his high school sweetheart Grace Miller, on April 18, 1942, at Papillion, Nebraska. She died July 28, 2003.
He owned and operated Big Bill Feeds in Wyoming for 50 years, and worked for Crop Production Services in Wyoming for three years.
He was a member of the Wyoming Fire Department, was former mayor of Onslow, and was named in the Jones County Cattlemen's Association Hall of Fame for his work with 4-H. He loved sports of all types and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan. Morris loved his family, many friends and his church family. He was a "people person" with a big heart who loved helping others.
He will be greatly missed, but his family finds comfort in knowing that he is with Jesus.
He is survived by four sons, Denny (Karen) Somerville of Onslow, Don E. (Cindy) Somerville of Dana Point, California, and Lou (Mary) Somerville and Mel "Yogi" (Leslie) Somerville of Onslow; twelve grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Helen Jorgensen of Onslow, Lois Ridout of Anamosa and Lefa Somerville of Longview, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and two brothers, the Rev. Paul and Robert Somerville.

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Source: Cedar Rapids Gazette, 2 February 2011

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