Thomas (Tom) E. Morris

Thomas (Tom) E. Morris 76, of Valley Park, MO (formally from Vermilion, Ohio) passed peacefully on May 10, 2022 at St. Claire Hospital in Fenton, MO surrounded by his loving family. 

Tom was born on October 10, 1945 in Littleton, West Virginia. 

He is predeceased by his father; Donald L. Morris, mother; Nora (House) Raymer, a step-father; Adolph Raymer, two brothers; Marvin Lee and Donald Kevin Morris, two sisters; Donna Dent and Barbara (Chip) McCoy, an infant son; Steven, stepbrother; Ronald Raymer, and a niece; Diana Dent. 

Survivors include his wife of 59 years; Wanda (Simmons) Morris, three sons; Thomas of Huron, OH, Michael (Beth) of Norwalk, OH, and Eric (Amy) of Fenton, MO, four grandchildren; Tyler Gray, Jacob Morris, Rylie Morris, Ellie Morris, and four great-grandchildren, two brothers; Arnold (Barbara) of Dennison, OH, and Dennis Morris of Port St. Lucie, FL, half sister; Christi (Carlos) Gonzales of Boca Raton, FL, step brothers; John (Ruth) Raymer of Vienna, VA, Vince (Delores) of Naples, FL, Raymond (Tami) of Harrisburg, NC, step sisters; JoAnn (Kent) Holland of Adena, OH, Bernadette Dometrovich of Charlotte, NC, Antonette Brockmeyer (Blair) of Adena, OH, Yvonne (Gary) Niskala of Rindge, NH, four nieces and five nephews.

Tom graduated from Wayne High School in 1964, retired from Ford Motor Company in Lorain, OH in 1997, and was a member of the UAW Auto Workers Local 425. For many years he participated in softball, bowling, pool and golf leagues in the Lorain area. After he retired, he worked at Dragon Ranch Golf Course in Amherst, OH. Most mornings you could find him at the Nest Restaurant having coffee with “the regulars.” At the time of his death he worked at Crescent Farms Golf Course in Eureka, MO. 

Tom loved his family, enjoyed his grandchildren’s sporting events, and watching sports on TV.  He enjoyed golfing, fishing, cooking, canning, baking pies, gardening, playing card games, doing magic tricks and spending time with family and friends. He felt blessed to have been from a very loving family and had a long list of lifelong childhood friends, coworkers and very special neighbors. Tom was often the neighborhood handyman who helped anyone that reached out, and enjoyed sitting in his driveway to give love and a treat to every dog that walked by. He especially loved his granddog, Cooper.

Memorial services in Ohio will be announced at a later date.


  1. Thomas Hammond on May 12, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Wanda we are so sorry for your loss. We pray for you and your family. Such a shock to our family. God be with you and family. Love, Your friends Tom and Sandy

  2. Linda Weatherford on May 12, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Wanda so sorry to hear of your loss. Tom was a great man and will be remembered and loved by all

  3. Jude Richardson on May 12, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Wanda, I am so sorry! Such shocking news.
    Praying your strong faith and love from family and friends help you during this difficult time.
    Love, Jude

  4. Ted and Sue Wiese on May 12, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Dear Wanda, this was so sad to read. We are so sorry for your loss. We didn’t know Tom for years but just the few times we were with him lately it was very evident what a special person he was. Sending you love and prayers.

  5. Doug & Lisa Sherman on May 12, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Wanda, we are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Doug & Lisa

  6. Dick and Diane Hall on May 12, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    What a wonderful neighbor and forever friend. He will always be in our hearts. Our sympathy to you for the loss but blessings for your lovely life together. God be with you ❤️🙏

  7. Joe and Dianne Gonzales on May 13, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Wanda, was very sad to hear the news of Tom’s passing. I didn’t see him that much but could tell he was a wonderful person and kind to all he met. Our hearts go out to you and family. Bless you all and prayers to all in the family.

  8. Mary Koetting on May 13, 2022 at 4:28 am

    Tom was the best neighbor ever. He became a beloved member of our family, and stepped in to help fill Charlie’s shoes after he died in 2019. I’ll remember him for his delicious homemade chicken noodle soup, pies, porch handrail and mailbox, landscaping, driving, coffee and cookies in the garage, gluing my organ shoes, on and on. He left behind a lovely wife and wonderful family. We love them very much. Mary Koetting & family

  9. Harv and Pat Skaugen on May 13, 2022 at 5:06 am

    Wanda and family,
    We are so sorry and sad to hear about Tom. We have such wonderful memories of time spent in Vermilion. You both were such good and caring people to Mom and Dad. Best neighbors anyone could have.
    Harv and Pat

  10. Stephanie Werton and Emily Toeniskoetter on May 13, 2022 at 6:39 am

    Our hearts are with you all. Sending prayers and love to everyone.

  11. Twila Colley on May 13, 2022 at 6:43 am

    My prayers are with you and your family. I’m so sorry to hear this. He will be missed. Sending a hug Wanda.

  12. D’Anna Mitchell on May 13, 2022 at 7:12 am

    My heart felt condolences on the passing of Tom. It was a honor to know Tom and work with you both at the Farm. God has bigger plans for Tom. During this difficult season it is easy to get discouraged. May God Bless you with a out pouring of Love, and Surround you with strength to bear the great pain of loss.

  13. Ron Hechst on May 13, 2022 at 7:32 am

    Wow I can’t believe Tom passed away!! I just returned from Florida and was going to send a message and see if he wanted to join us for a round of golf Tuesday
    I am in schock Really enjoy playing golf with Tom
    What a terrific person to have the pleasure to have for a friend

  14. Susan Haynes on May 13, 2022 at 8:14 am

    Tom’s big bear hugs will always be remembered. So will his willingness to help you whenever you needed a hand.
    He was always there for you. We loved him deeply. We are thankful for the many, many good times we had together.
    From Norman Cole and Susan Haynes

  15. Brenda Hall on May 13, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Wanda, so very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Forrest Rose on May 13, 2022 at 9:03 am

    Thinking of you at this difficult time dear friend. Sending all my love to you and your family.

  17. Dick & Cindy Hull on May 13, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Wanda, we are so sorry for your loss are prayers for you and your family. We know Tom will be missed by all his family and friends. God bless!!!

  18. Margo Keen on May 13, 2022 at 10:49 am

    Wanda I am so sorry-I feel like I just talked to him on my walk yesterday. Prayers for you and the boys with memories to fill in the sadness❤️

  19. Garnett Huighe on May 13, 2022 at 11:33 am

    Wanda So very sorry to hear about Tom passing. You and your family are in my prayers. God`s Blessing

  20. Jeff Hayes on May 13, 2022 at 12:20 pm

    Wanda, my deepest condolences go out to and your family.
    My love and prayers are with you.

  21. Laura, Bryan, Wesley, Esther & Gunnar Hayes on May 13, 2022 at 12:38 pm

    We will always remember treasured talks and treats with Tom on our neighborhood walks with both my kids and my furbaby. His outlook on life and generosity towards all is one I will carry with me moving forward. We will miss him dearly and will continue to cherish his memory in talks ahead with Wanda. For a man who always has a plan to help and stay busy, I am sure he will be busy watching over his many loved ones and lives he has touched from up above.

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  23. Marty Fuhrman on May 13, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    I’m sorry about Tom’s passing, He was great guy and is gonna be missed!
    You guys will be in our thoughts and prayers, hang in there if there’s anything I can do for you just let me know love you all Marty…

  24. Kathy Newburn on May 13, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    Was so sorry to hear of Toms passing. Enjoyed spending time with you two with Bob and Judy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

  25. Carol Davis Ratliff on May 13, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    So sorry to hear this sad news. Our prayers are with the family.

  26. Bob and Karen Semrau on May 13, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Bob and I lost a very dear friend. Hoping the love of family and friends will help you Wanda in getting through this tough time of your life. We love you and are here for you.

  27. Frank McEwen on May 13, 2022 at 8:28 pm

    Wanda and family. I am so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I have known you both for 40 plus years now and I am a better person because I could call you both my friend. Ruth and I will keep all of you in our prayers. God bless you.

  28. Ron B Miller on May 14, 2022 at 10:38 am

    Wanda,so sorry to hear the news about Tom.

  29. Sue and Brian Cameron on May 14, 2022 at 2:55 pm

    Wanda and Family, We were so very sorry to hear of Toms passing. We always looked forward to seeing You and Tom at SLR when you came to visit in the park. May Tom Rest In Peace and May the Memories made during the 59 plus years you had together help you all in some way during the coming Days and Weeks.

  30. James P Allgeyer on May 14, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Wanda sorry. Tom was a very nice man.

  31. Tony Boeger on May 15, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Wanda, my deepest condolences . Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.❤🙏

  32. Steve Langhorst on May 15, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Wanda, I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed meeting Tom and loved his apple butter.
    My condolences to you and your family. All the best to you.

  33. Tom and Sandra Horinek on May 17, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Wanda and family, our prayers are with you and the family. Tom will be missed was a joy to know him and Tom enjoyed golfing with him in vermilion. God’s Love,Tom and Sandra

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