Ross engineer was instrumental in YMCA campaign
Bob Morrell didn't have to sneak out of the house to go golfing or fishing with his buddies.
He shared those passions with his wife.
“We played golf together ... and last year, we went marlin fishing in Costa Rica,” said his wife of 49 years, Marlene Morrell, 75. “He caught one, and I caught one.”
Robert Gene “Bob” Morrell of Ross, who co-chaired a fundraising campaign to build the Baierl Family YMCA in Franklin Park, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, after a brief hospitalization in Naples, Fla. He was 81.
A native of Corona, Calif., Mr. Morrell graduated from the University of Southern California in 1953 with a degree in industrial engineering and began a 31-year career with Alcoa in Los Angeles.
Shortly after being hired, he served two years in the Army in Germany. He returned to Alcoa, and the company transferred him to its market research department in Pittsburgh, where he met his wife.
Mr. Morrell, who had three daughters, put up with a lot, his family said.
“We didn't give him as much credit as we should have,” said his daughter, Suzanne Crutcher of Charlotte.
Mr. Morrell loved spending time at the family's weekend home at Indian Lake and was a founding member of the Indian Lake Golf Club.
His rod and reel were always close at hand, his family said. He also was a member of the Bonita Bay Fishing Club in Florida.
“He went every week,” his wife said. “They would get together on Wednesday and eat doughnuts and figure out who was going to go fishing on Friday.”
Mr. Morrell was a member of Berkeley Hills Lutheran Church in Ross, where he served on the church council and was a member of the property committee. He also was a member of the Ross Township Zoning Committee and a board member of the North Hills YMCA.
In addition to his wife, Marlene, and daughter Suzanne, Mr. Morrell is survived by his daughters, Molly Sweitzer, of Dallas, Pa., and Kristin Bovard of Franklin Park; brother, James E. Morrell of Oroville, Calif.; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Berkeley Hills Lutheran Church, 517 Sangree Road in Ross, with the Rev. Scott Bryte officiating. A reception will follow in the church. Interment will be private. Arrangements are being handled by Simons Funeral Home.
Craig Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5646 or email@example.com.
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