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1926 Donald 2020

Donald Morris

September 12, 1926 — March 24, 2020

Van Wert, Ohio

Donald W. Morris, 93, of Van Wert passed away at 5:15 AM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at Vancrest of Van Wert.

Born on September 12, 1926 in Washington Township, Van Wert County, the son of the late Earl L. and Velma M. (Collins) Morris. On April 6, 1947, he married the former Barbara V. Poe, who survives.

Donald was a lifetime farmer in Van Wert County.

Donald was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Van Wert, the United States Trotting Association, the Mercer County Harness Horsemen's Association, the Van Wert Harness Horsemen's Association, and the Van Wert County Farm Bureau.

Donald enjoyed racing harness horses for 25 years in Ohio and Indiana.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara V. (Poe) Morris of Van Wert; two sons, Steven D. (Linda) Morris of Sylvania, Ohio and Alan L. (Joyce) Morris of Van Wert; a brother, Lloyd E. Morris of Cullman, Alabama; grandchildren, Jennifer (Mike) Stoffel, Amy (Garrett) Sudimack, Laura (Joe) Cramer, Emily (Chris) Hass, and Jessica (Kevin) Peters; and great grandchildren, Gavin, Landon and Anna Sudimack, Olivia, Abigail and Jacob Cramer, Lucas Stoffel, Reagan and Avery Hass, and Colton and William Peters.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Harold W. Morris.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Donald`s memory may be directed to the Trinity United Methodist Church or to the Mercer County Harness Horsemen's Association.

Because of national health concerns, Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory and the Morris family are following directives outlined by the Ohio Department of Health, limiting attendance to the visitation and funeral service to immediate family only. Please reach out to us by phone (419-238-1112) or via online condolences at and we will share your sympathies with the Morris family. A video recording of Donald's funeral will be view-able Saturday afternoon at

Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Middle Point, Ohio.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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