A celebration of life will be held for Morris Henry Humphrey, 76, on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Cuba City, Wisconsin (401 S. Main Street) with Rev. Dan Verdegan officating. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Erickson Funeral Home (235 N. Judgement St, Shullsburg) on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.ericksonfuneralhome.com.
Morris passed over on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 peacefully at his Leadmine, Wisconsin, home after a long illness. As always, he and his wife, Dolores, faced it together.
Morris was born on March 23, 1939, to Henry and Sylvia (McShery) Humphrey of Andrew, Iowa. He also has a brother, Francis of Epworth, Iowa, who he is survived by. He married Dolores Van Gordon May 2, 1959, and began making a lifetime of memories.
As a natural mechanical specialist and craftsman in many professional genres throughout his life, Morris started his career in Rockford at Sunstrand Aviation as a Class A toolmaker. Some of his mechanical work even traveled to the moon on Apollo 11 in 1969. From there he went to John Deere Dubuque Works where he was an instrumentation and test and electronic technician for 28 years, retiring in 1997. He and his steadfast companion, Dolores, also owned and operated the Leadmine Greenhouse from 1989-2002. Regardless of what Morris had going on in the forefront of his life, in the background he was always taking on side occupations, tinkering, contriving and exploring new avenues to tax his skills and many trades. He also played a very instrumental role in his son Steve’s business, Humphrey Transport & Towing in Shullsburg – from running for parts and advising the mechanics to driving the tow truck and offering his guidance on major business decisions.
Morris served for over 22 years on the District and Building Location Committee for the United Methodist Church Southwest District and was a member of Dubuque’s Habitat for Humanity.
In addition to his brother, survivors include: his wife Dolores at home; son: Steven “Kount” Humphrey of rural Shullsburg; his grandson: Elijah “Eli” Humphrey of Platteville; brothers-in-law: Richard Bruce (Pam) Van Gordon of Kieler, and Fred Hofer Sr., of Cuba City; a sister-in-law, Linda Van Gordon of Dubuque, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews. Morris was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Edna Hofer and a brother-in-law, Wayne Van Gordon.