Gordon Roy Morris of Milwaukee, WI was called to his heavenly home to meet Jesus face to face on Monday, April 17, 2023. He was 80. Gordon spent his final days here on earth under the wonderful care of the staff at West Allis Memorial Hospital while surrounded by family and loved ones.
Gordon was born to Willard and Lois Morris on October 11, 1942 in Chicago, IL, and became a big brother to Malcolm in 1947. Gordon lived in Pennsylvania, Kansas, and Wisconsin where his father, Willard, pastored several congregations. After attending Sterling College in Kansas and receiving a Master’s Degree at Syracuse University in Radio and TV, Gordon served in the U.S. Navy until 1969. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant and deployed aboard the Destroyer USS Gearing to the Middle East as Electronic Materials Officer overseeing the radarmen and electronics technicians.
Then Gordon followed the Lord’s call into Christian broadcasting and worked in areas such as operations management, news direction, and program production over the next 45 years.
Shortly after beginning full-time work in radio at WBON, Gordon met Carol Muenzmaier at a church prayer meeting in West Allis, WI in 1971, and they were married the following year on May 20. Together they had two children, Tim (1974) and Heidi (1976), before moving to northern Wisconsin so Gordon could work at WRVM. After ten years, the family returned to Milwaukee where Gordon worked at VCY America until his retirement in 2017. Gordon and Carol celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2022.
Gordon will be remembered as a man of God, an evangelist by heart who shared his faith and worked tirelessly behind the scenes, a faithful and loving husband, and a compassionate and patient father…as well as someone who could talk puns all day. Among Gordon’s greatest interests were music and supporting Christian missions. He found fulfillment in both areas along with teaching classes and being an Elder at Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church in New Berlin, WI where he and Carol have attended for over 20 years.
In reflecting on how he wanted to be remembered in light of his life’s accomplishments, Gordon once wrote, “Only when things are done with a heart of love, based on the love God showed me when I did not deserve it, do they have any significance whatsoever!”
Gordon is survived by his wife Carol, son Tim and daughter-in-law Julie, daughter Heidi, sister-in-law Mary, grandsons Andrew, Aaron, and Caleb, and great-grandsons Judah and Samuel. Preceding him in death are his father Willard, mother Lois, and brother Malcolm.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hartson Funeral Home in Hales Corners, WI. A private burial is planned for Monday, April 24.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to Voice of the Martyrs is requested by the family. This was one of Gordon’s favorite mission organizations to support because they work to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Christians around the globe and share stories through VOM Radio podcasts. https://www.persecution.com/donate/