Obituary: William E. “Bill” Morrison

1992 Bill Morrison, Morrison’s Warehouse 1260 Court Street

Bill Morrison passed away peacefully September 10th, 2013. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Janice.

A native of Redding, CA, Bill was born July 10th, 1935 in the Hotel Redding to parents William J. and Sara Morrison. His fun-filled childhood began while living above his parents new and used store on California Street. The building was built by his father and is currently Jack’s Grill.

Known for his perfect school attendance he roamed the halls of Pine Street School, Sequoia, and Shasta High (class of 1954). After two years enrolled at Shasta College Bill continued his studies at Humboldt State and graduated with a degree in fisheries. Jobs were plentiful in his field and he thoroughly enjoyed his time working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service counting and tagging fish in Alaska. He supplemented his income with landscaping projects and collecting and selling live snakes, stoneflies, and other biological specimens to universities across the country.

1957 Bill on the job in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

During the 1960s and ’70s Bill was employed by his half-sister, June Stanley, as manager of Jack’s Grill. Also in the early ’60s, while raising their three daughters, Bill and Janice opened Morrison’s Warehouse, selling discount general merchandise to the Redding public until the store closed in 2009. Faithful customers loved the bargain prices on everything from housewares to fishing tackle and knew Bill to be a humorous and generous businessman.

1973 Morrison Family left to right: Sara Morrison (Bill’s Mother) Bill and Janice with daughters Linda, Yvonne, and Beverly

1980 Morrison’s Warehouse 1752 Oregon Street

For recreation Bill enjoyed stamp and coin collecting, fishing, and exploring the great outdoors of Shasta County, preferring to drive bumpy back roads in the family’s Nash Rambler much to the chagrin of his daughters. We love you Dad!

Bill is survived by his daughters Beverly Clark (Matt); Yvonne Stevenson (Kent); Linda Sharrett. Grandchildren Michael Stevenson; Landon Sharrett (Ashlee); Lisa Hodge (Chris). Great grandchildren Sterling, Parker, Makenzie, Jaycie, and Alyson Sharrett. Niece Carol Tobias (Marty) and their children; Mia McNeal (husband Terry, daughters Marissa and Claire); Mauri Tobias (Maida). Preceded in death by his parents William and Sara, “Unk” John de Cima, and half-sister June Stanley.

No services will be held. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to The Shasta Historical Society or Behrens-Eaton House Museum.

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