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Lorenzo Dow Morris Jr.

7/18/2014

Lorenzo Dow Morris Jr., 56, Dighton, Kan., died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kan., following a short illness.

Lorenzo Dow Morris Jr., 56, Dighton, Kan., died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kan., following a short illness.

Graveside services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Embarrass Cemetery, with Tom Carroll officiating. Stewart and Carroll Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dow Morris was born June 11, 1958, in Salem, the son of L. Dow and Nancy Verchota Morris, who preceded him in death.

An avid Illinois sports fan as well as the Bears and Cubs, Dow was a 1976 graduate of Paris High School, where he was active in sports including football, basketball, and baseball. He attended Illinois State University and received a bachelor's of science degree in accounting in 1981.

Dow joined the Houston Accounting, CPA's firm in June 1981, performing entry level audits and basic tax work until May 1982. In June 1982, Dow joined the Englum Grain Co. as an assistant manager, purchasing grain from farmers and selling to processors. He settled with the farmers and rectified the daily position of the company as well as all accounting functions.

In July 1986, Dow moved to Edgar Electric Cooperative, now EnerStar, as a work-order accountant. He accepted a position with Shelby Electric on Jan. 2, 1991 and became director of accounting, responsible for all accounting, payroll, billing, as well as work orders, benefits, insurance, and budgeting. On March 1, 2006, Dow joined the Lane-Scott Electric Cooperative in Dighton as assistant manager.

Dow was a member of the Catholic Church and Sons of the American Legion. He served as a member of the Honor Guard for the Dighton American Legion Post No. 211. Dow also was a cancer survivor.

Surviving are his two sisters, Anne (Tony) Kirby of Paris and Mimi (Dave) Brown of Robinson; four brothers, Doug (Paula Marmion) of Mooresville, Ind.; Dave, Chris (Liz) and John (Renae) Morris, all of Paris; and his nieces and nephews, Annie (Nick) Connell, Cody Morris, Ryan Kirby, Stephen Brown, Tyler Kirby, Mark Morris, Hunter Morris, Sarah (Ben) Setzer, and Rene Cusick.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, that for those who wish, memorials may be made to the Paris Challenger Baseball League in care of the Edgar County Foundation at the Edgar County Bank or the D.O. it! Cancer Fund.

For more information and online condolences, please go to www.stewartandcarrollfuneralhome.com.