Robert Gene Morgan, 80 years of age, of Hume, Missouri passed away on Friday, February 18, 2022 at Kindred Hospital Northland, Kansas City, Missouri. Bob is survived by his wife Sheila Morgan; his children- Preston Morgan (Rainey), Doug Morgan (Christine), Lesley Morgan Cochran (Dave) and Rhonda Morgan Yarick (Steve); fourteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents James and Eula, Betty Wilson (sister), Tommy Morgan (brother), and Tonda Sims (sister).
Bob was born to James Thomas Morgan and Eula VanDaun Morgan (Lile) in Greensburg, Kentucky on September 21, 1941. Bob was one of six children. While growing up, he spent several years with his maternal grandparents in Hodgensville, Kentucky. He worked with his grandfather planting, tending, and harvesting tobacco plants by hand. It was here that he learned the value of hard work and also how to have fun drag racing cars. After school, he moved to Moorpark, California where he worked installing machinery for Julius Goldman Egg City plant. It was the world’s largest egg farm at the time. It was here that he met Sheila. He would fondly tell the story of how his boss would move Sheila from machine to machine as they needed to be fixed and then they would “run like a charm”.
Bob married Sheila Fern Farrell “the love of his life” on October 29, 1967 in Ventura, California. Bob and Sheila moved to rural Hume, Missouri in March of 1969 where he engaged in farming with his father in-law. They moved into the family home of Sheila’s maternal grandparents where they have resided since 1969 in a century farm. Bob had a great passion for farming over the years. He also enjoyed several career opportunities in addition to farming. In the early years in Missouri, he worked at Feemster’s Gun Shop where he learned the trade of gunsmithing. After retirement and most recently, Bob filled the role of road grader operator of Henry Township which he enjoyed a great deal.
Bob had a tremendous love for cars from a very young age. Early in life he had a 1966 Chevy II 327 4 speed that he would drag race. He also “souped up” Sheila’s 1966 Chevelle 396 4 speed much to her dismay! Bob strove for excellence and perfection in everything he did. He prided himself in straight crop rows long before technology could help us out! That perfection led him to the love of his hobbies- gunsmithing and woodworking. Bob worked hard to provide for his family, loved deeply, and treasured his time with family dearly. He knew how to have a good time and never missed an opportunity to pull a good prank, share a quirky quote or eat “Sheila’s chocolate pie”!
If you knew Bob, you understood that his faith and belief in God carried him through life. He loved to spend time studying the Bible. In the last few months of life, Bob shared with friends and family his peace and readiness to be with God when the time came. The following was his favorite scripture: “If you have any encouragement being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love; if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and in purpose.” Philippians 2:1-2
A Celebration of Life will be held at Hume Christian Church on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 2 pm with visitation to follow until 4 pm. The family invites all that would like to attend to join them as they celebrate Bob’s life. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests Memorial Contributions to Hume Christian Church.