Henry "Hank" Wesley Morris

Henry "Hank" Wesley Morris was born in Gary, Indiana May 23, 1929 to Henry Oscar Morris and Cozie Ethel (nee Bogan). He died June 2 at Rio Terra Community in New Braunfels, Texas watched over by their excellent staff and nurses. Hank joined the US Army in 1944 as a 15 year old volunteer. He was trained as an MP and spent his days during World War II in central Germany. After the War, Hank returned to Northern Indiana and began a long career as a city planner, utility director and union organizer. He married Marian Morris (nee Bowen) in 1974. On the side, he was a basketball coach, owned a pizza restaurant, and kept an immaculate farm. He retired from Gary-Hobart Water in 1982 and soon relocated to Texas with Marian. Hank & Marian lived in Halletsville, Texas, where he assisted his friends to rehabilitate homes. In December 2011, they moved to New Braunfels and Marian passed away in June 2012. Hank grieved deeply, but soon blossomed into the comedian, friend, and outright Rock Star he was always meant to be. He was a legend at Rio Terra and was loved by many who knew his baritone singing, his sidekick/dog Beau, and his charm. He unofficially supervised the construction of the Rio Terra cottages and was lucky enough to see that project through to the end. Hank discovered that the beauty of New Braunfels could only be matched by the warmth and generosity of her citizens. In his (Scooter Store) scooter, he enjoyed watching traffic around the Plaza while smoking his cigar (Tobacco Haus) and coffee (Crosswalk) would wander downtown while chatting with perfect strangers. Hank enjoyed a last year of near perfect health in his last year thanks to the diligence of Dr. Gus Frieha, Dr. Eric Miller & Dr. Bill Davis. His health enabled him to attend the various school events of his grandchildren including a passionate commitment to see every home game of the Unicorns. We think his only regret was not seeing the Unicorns and the Spurs into the championship rounds and would love to know that next year they could win those in his memory. In the lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Community Fellowship Presbyterian Church of New Braunfels whose congregation was faithful to help him through the grief process, moving, and life. Preceded by his sisters Marcelene, Rosalene, Joyce and his son, Grant. Survived by his children Kim Pierce, Michael & Tam Morris, Mark Morris and 6 grandchildren. A Remembrance Celebration and Reception will be held from 1:00pm to 3:00pm on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Rio Terra in New Braunfels.

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  1. My Mother lived at Rio Terra and when I was there, I always got a “kick” out of Hank and Beau. What a pair! My condolences to the family and pray that the wonderful memories of Hank will keep him close to your hearts. I know everyone and Beau will miss him greatly.

  2. I miss Hank dearly, but happy that he has reunited with his wife. My prayers and condolences to the family. Hank was an amazing man and friend. It was an honor and pleasure to care for him at Rio Terra. Until we meet again…..

  3. No truer words could have been written about Hank. I miss you so much, but I feel you with me every single day and I thank you for that! I’m glad our last words were “goodnight” and not “goodbye”, because we’ll see each other again and I can’t wait for that day! I smile knowing you and Marian are back together again! All my love to the Morris family.

  4. Bright blue inquisitive eyes is the way I will best remember Hank. We had many things in common as Hank was a country boy at heart and I live on a farm in the country south of New Braunfels. He alsways asked how my goats or cows were doing and how things were on the farm. He once commented, “Janice you have strong hands.” I will miss him,the unending knowledge he shared and his HUGE loving/caring heart. My prayers and condolences go out to the family.

  5. My deepest condolences to Mike, Tam and the kids. Thank you for the opportunity to meet your dad and share in your family adventures as you enjoyed time with him over the last couple of years. I am so sorry for your loss and pray that the peace of our Heavenly Father will comfort you during this very difficult time.

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