Bill Thomas Morris, 86, of Peoria, formerly of Geneseo, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at his home. Cremation has been accorded and burial of his cremains was held in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, Tuesday, Jan. 26. Memorials may be made to any animal shelter. The Cremation Society of mid-Illinois Co., Pekin/Peoria, assisted the family with arrangements.


Bill Thomas Morris, 86, of Peoria, formerly of Geneseo, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at his home. Cremation has been accorded and burial of his cremains was held in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, Tuesday, Jan. 26. Memorials may be made to any animal shelter. The Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois Co., Pekin/Peoria, assisted the family with arrangements.

He was born Feb. 23, 1923, the son of William and Vera (Killalea) Morris. He married Christine H. Johnson Nov. 10, 1995, in Geneseo. To his friends and family he was known as a warm, loving and generous man. He will be greatly missed by many. He was a sergeant in the Army during WWII and was one of the troops that liberated the prisoners of the Bataan death march. During his time in the service he received the Overseas Service Bar, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with three Bronze Battle Stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, a Good Conduct medal, a Purple Heart and a WWII Victory medal. He worked as a detective with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 1963. He was  a past member of the Masonic Lodge and Mohammed Temple Shrine, and was a Midget car owner and racer in Texas and California. He was of the Protestant faith.

Survivors include his wife, Christine; a daughter and spouse, Susan and Allen Monts of Dunlap; granddaughters and spouses, Amanda and Pat Schlehuber of Bloomington, and Leslie and Bob Bemis of Princeville, and great-grandchildren, Alexander and Miranda Schlehuber. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.