Robert Morrison, of Muscatine, IA moved to his heavenly home on October 7, 2019 while sleeping peacefully next to his loving wife after a four year decline due to FTD (Frontotemporal Dementia).
Bob, also known as Rob, Tiger, and Robert, was born in Iowa City, IA on June 27, 1951 to Donald and Phyllis Morrison. He loved saying he was born wearing a Hawkeye sweatshirt, and he was an avid Hawkeye fan until the day he died. His life was a miracle as he was born with a hole in his heart and would not have lived past 8th grade if he had not had open heart surgery at 6 years old.
A Celebration of Life honoring Bob will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday October 19th at Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Avenue, Muscatine, IA. Visitation will precede the service at 9:30.
Bob spent his growing-up years with his younger brother Rich in Marshalltown, Des Moines, and Mason City where he graduated from high school with the Class of '69. He met Norma, the love of his life, while attending NIACC, and graduated with a BBA degree in Marketing and Finance (and partying) from the University of Iowa in 1974.
Bob and Norma began their married life together on June 1, 1974 and spent the next 45+ years loving Jesus, loving each other, and making the world a better place. Bob received many awards over the years but especially meaningful to him were the Marriage Encounter "Ham and Eggs" award for sacrificial service, The Silver Beaver award from the Boy Scouts of America, Rotary International's Guardian of Integrity Award, the Quad Cities "Hometown Hero of the Year" award (twice), the Mason City High School Distinguished Alumni Award, and most treasured may have been earning his Eagle Scout award.
Bob made great contributions to his employers over the years at Ridgecrest Village, New Hope Foundation (which included United Marriage Encounter), Iowans for Tax Relief, GMAC, and Sherwin-Williams. Bob also seemed to always find himself in multiple leadership roles in countless organizations including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Quad Cities Philanthropy, Wesley United Methodist Church, the Iowa Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, Rotary International, and United Marriage Encounter.
Bob loved people and his greatest joy was helping them grow in confidence, relationships, leadership, and faith. While Scouting with his sons Rob, Tom, and Jimmy, he helped thousands of boys (and girls too) become leaders, overcoming fears like heights and public speaking, and so much more. While presenting 61 Marriage Encounter Weekends in the US and Asia with Norma, hundreds of couples became closer to each other and to God in their marriages.
Many know Bob as the founder of Honor Flight of the Quad Cities where he served as the first Hub Director and set the foundation that continues today. He personally led the first 33 flights taking over 3,000 veterans to see their memorials in Washington D.C.
Bob was an amazing husband to Norma, father to Rob, Tom, and Jimmy, father-in-law to Kayla (Tom) and Kelsey (Jimmy), and grandpa to Noah (Rob), Hayden, Isaac, and Tyler (Tom and Kayla), and Molly and Audrey (Jimmy and Kelsey).
In honor of Bob, please consider donating to the charity of your choice or Unity Point Hospice at Home, 106 19th Ave, Suite 101, Moline, IL 61265. Include in the memo: In memory of Bob Morrison. The family will love for you to share how you have honored him.