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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7 Responses

  1. Thank you, Yvonne, for submitting your father's obituary. He was a character of a man, who provided Redding shoppers with one of the first locally owned discount stores. "Mr. Morrison" (could never call him Bill) could act crusty and grumpy, but the guy had a soft heart, and was constantly donating goods to needy causes and people. I have especially fond memories of the Morrison's across from the ice house (gone now), and the one in the now-Ace Hardware location on Eureka Way. I still have things I bought at Morrison's. Rest in peace, Bill Morrison.

  2. Avatar Yvonne Stevenson says:

    Doni, I appreciate your kind words and sharing this tribute to my wonderful Dad with your news magazine community. Thank you.

    • Avatar Terry Hagaman says:

      Hi Yvonne, just ran across your dads obituary from last year. I am so sorry to hear that you have now lost both parents. I also have lost both parents but mine has been now almost 10 years.
      Looking at your family picture brings back good memories. That is just the way I remember you family looking like. My family and I moved from Redding Ca. to Nampa Idaho in 1973 but I still remember the good old day when I went to Magnolia School and your dad drove some of us boys from the fifth grade football team to our game, Of course I made sure I got in his car. Your Sister Beverly and I also went to Sequoia school in 1972-1973.
      Your family and mine went to Bethel church. I still remember your family sat on the left hand side of the isle and my family always sat on the right hand side of the isle across from your family.
      I also remember going to your dads store. I know that both of your parents will be greatly missed.

  3. Avatar Wayne Russak says:

    I met "Bill" Morrison when he called on me to help him rework the electrical at the Eureka way strip mall he purchased. He was going to move his warehouse into the old supermarket space. While working on the project I realized that I was in the presence of a very special man who had genuine love and concern for his community and for all people. I am very happy to have met him and had a small bit of time with his gentle nature and the peaceful resolve he expressed on most matters he encountered. I am sorry for your loss, Yvonne, and I do feel the Redding community has lost a great asset in Bill.

  4. Avatar Bob Weilmunster says:

    I had met Bill at Lakewood Christian Homecare earlier this year. In this short time, he became my best buddy there. We would share mutual nature stories and outdoor job experiences in fisheries. He was always happy to hear that I loved his fishing tackle deals at his warehouse in Red Bluff in the 1980's. He was always a grateful and kind man to the staff, residents, visitors and my family at LCH and would tell me that the home cooking there was always good. Our frequent visits in the living room and sometimes with his friend Dorothy will be missed, but in sharing Jesus together, I am comforted in knowing that we will be together again in the Kingdom. Thank you Yvonne for talking with me about your Dad. It really helped me feel better. Thank you Morrison family for such a great Dad!

  5. Avatar Sandy Tincher says:

    I was a school teacher, now retired, so I went into Bill"s store almost weekly to get things for my classroom and prizes for my classes. He was always so helpful and nice. I really enjoyed talking to him. My husband, Walt Cole, knew him even longer than I did and always had nice things to say about him. I hated to see his stores close as you could always get such a bargain there. Also, I know Beverly's husband, Matt Clark, as he was one of my son's best friends.

    This getting older is depressing at times as so many of the wonderful people that you knew or know are passing away. Makes me wonder sometimes when my time will be here. Hopefully, not for awhile as I love life.

  6. Avatar johnadelsol says:

    So sad to just find this out! Bill was instrumental in me starting my own business. I enjoyed visiting him and Janice in the early 1990's in Redding with my Dear Friend Nancy! We always enjoyed working with him at the Las Vegas trade shows in the good old days! He was such a wonderful and kind man. My sincerest sympathies to his family! Johna Moore