Henry "Hank" Wesley Morris
May 23, 1929 ~ June 2, 2015
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.