Harrison Burdette "Butch"
North Muskegon, Michigan
Harrison Burdette "Butch" Morrall Jr., age 76, went to be with the Lord Saturday, January 11, 2020. He was born in Muskegon, MI on July 7, 1943 to the late Harrison & Margaret (Reynolds) Morrall Sr. and served his country in the US Army. He had worked as a Claims Examiner for the State of Michigan for over 30 years until retiring in 2002. Harry was a Volunteer Fireman for North Muskegon for many years and a huge Michigan State Spartan Fan. He loved his family, he loved the Lord and he loved politics. He enjoyed driving around town to visit his family and his daily Meijer stops. Butch will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
2 sons, Jeffrey (Stephanie Geoghan) Morrall, Robert Morrall; 2 daughters, Mary (Scott Butler) Hanson, Amy Morrall; 2 sisters Madelyne (Sue) Smith, Rosalie Sorenson; 2 brothers Robert (Barbara) Morrall, Douglas (Debra) Morrall; former spouse, Joni (Tom) Bennetts; 11 grandchildren, Michael (Morgan), Michelle (Andrew), Ashley, Holly, John, Emily, Kailey, Audrey, Sydney, Hunter, Ian; 6 great grandchildren, Logan, Addison, Arica, Jamison, Jakob, Elijah, and many nieces and nephews. Harry was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Stephen & John; a brother-in-law, Orville Sorenson and his beloved dog, Snoopy.
Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11:00 AM at Clock Chapel - Muskegon with Pastor Douglas Malear officiating. Internment in Laketon Township Cemetery.
Friday, 17th of January, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and one hour prior to the service at Clock Funeral Home - Muskegon. MEMORIAL: American Diabetes Association or Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Please visit www.clockfuneralhome.com to leave a memory or sign the online guestbook.
Clock Funeral Home - Muskegon
My family has requested that I share the Eulogy that I prepared for my dad, so here it is. - Jeff
I am not a speaker but I would like to take a few minutes to talk about my dad.
First of all being the oldest I could not figure out why my dad and mom had so many kids after me. Obviously, I was perfect.
Growing up we didn’t have a lot of money.
We had one bathroom for 8 people. All the boys were in one room and the girls shared a room together.
Just thinking how my mom and dad were able to put food on the table and clothes on our backs. Just amazes me.
My first memory of where we lived was a house in the Heights just south of Broadway. I want to say it was Baker St. Just south of the old Plumbs store.
We moved to North Muskegon to 1313 Mills Ave. A block and a half from North Muskegon High School.
This move I feel gave us kids a Mayberry experience growing up.
We would play outside until the streetlights came on. We would go swimming at Bear Lake beach. I would go fishing all the time.
I was able to play Little League Baseball, play football. All of this within 4 blocks of our house.
Thinking back on it now my parents had it pretty easy. We would ride our bikes to football and baseball practice and had to walk to school a block and a half both ways!
My grandpa and grandma live next door to us growing up.
My grandfather was North Muskegon Fire Chief. My dad ended up joining the department as a volunteer. We used to have a phone at the house that was dedicated for all the Firefighters on a party line. I remember him that phone ringing and him running out the door.
There are a couple pictures of him on the video from the Chronicle. I also remember him being on Bozo for fire prevention.
Growing up I can’t remember a time he missed a game. With all of us playing it was a lot of logistics. He volunteered to be a league official for the North Muskegon Little League Football.
My dad was in the Army and served in Korea. I think there is a couple of pictures in the video of him serving.
He always kept his service low key and didn’t want a military funeral. I am proud of his service and I am sure my brother and sisters feel the same way.
When he got out of the service. He went to work at Seal Power. I also remember him selling insurance for Metropolitan Insurance. I also remember him selling vacation property for a little while.
My dad using the GI Bill. Put himself through college. I remember him going to the Fire station to do homework.
It makes me think of my daughter Holly and her drive to get a degree.
After college my dad hired into State of Michigan’s unemployment Muskegon office as a Claim’s Examiner. He worked 30 years there. At the time they offered an early retirement. But the State realized they let too many people leave. I believe he ended up working another year double dipping. Finally Retiring in 2002.
Going back a little.
After I left the house my mom and dad got divorced. It was a rough time for all of us.
Both my dad and mom got remarried.
My dad ended up getting divorced again and moving to North Muskegon. Where he got his smile that never left his face.
He took with him his dog Snoopy. Who could talk to my dad. REALLY. Snoopy would tell my dad where to go. It seems that he liked going to dad’s sister Sue, my Brother Bob’s house then ending up at my house when I got out of work. There may have been a few other stop’s during the day that Snoopy forgot to tell me about.
Snoopy had the best health care money could buy.
I think my dad spent more money on health care for Snoopy than he did for 6 kids growing up.
My dad was a huge Michigan State fan. Not sure if it started with Earl Morrall. Since he went to Michigan State.
But my first memory of him liking Michigan State was the 1978-79 season. The year Magic Johnson, Greg Kelser, Jay Vincent, won the National Championship.
Once we got my dad up to speed on how to run a vcr. He would record all the games and replay them over again. Even if it was a game they lost.
Just in the last couple of years we got him trained on how to use a DVR. I don’t know how he had time to watch everything.
As a lot of you are aware my dad was a Trumper and Fox news junky. I was at his house last week and he was upset Fox didn’t have the Trump Rally on. I suggested it would be on CSPAN. Turned to the channel it was on!
It was like he won the lottery!
My dad loved all us kids.
Don’t know how my mom and dad made it through the loss of John and Steve. I can’t image losing 2 of your kids.
I am sure Dad, John and Steve are following Snoopy around on his route in heaven.
My dad also loved all his grand kids and tried to make it to as many of their ball games, plays, graduations, birthdays as possible. It was a bonus if Snoopy wanted to go also.
I would also like to thank my mom and Tom.
You invited my dad to your house for every birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, pizza party or just cooking burgers and hanging out.
You two set the bar on how to keep a family together.
I am going to miss my dad. Especially when Michigan State is playing. I used to call him up when there would be 5 minutes left in the game, and ask him if he could pick me up my truck was broken down and I needed a ride. I knew he would be in front of the tv telling them not to foul. He caught on pretty quick though and we would watch the last couple of minutes on the phone together.
My dad was not an outgoing religious person. But I know he gave himself to the lord. I know he is in heaven.
I would like to in closing read what my dad wrote in the bible he gave me.
Always remember that god loves you and always will. His love is unconditional. It cannot be earned. It is freely given.
Oh, one more thing. We are going to retire his dollar store coffee mug. That everyone has tried to replace.
Love you Dad.
To the entire Morral Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for strength and peace as you face the challenging days ahead.
Sorry for your loss. Lee Haynes
Uncle Butch was one of the good guys...l always shook his hand and liked to joke around and talk politics. He would lookout for his sister my mom either dropping off groceries or taking her shopping...can't say enough good things about him!!! He was a good man who will be missed by many......
Thoughts, Prayers, And Condolences to the family.
Praying for the Morrall family.
Truly sorry for your loss.
Former Neighbors: oh how the memories return at a time such as this. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember so many occasions, happy and sad. A happy one is Butch’s smile - that “Morrall” smile; you guys all have it. Living across the street from you guys was a daily adventure for all. Butch treated Stevie as one of his own (Steve remembers well)
May Butch Rest In Peace, hugs to you all,
Fondly, Judy Lague Mitchell
Condolences to the family. Still cannot believe Harry is gone; just had coffee with him the other day. If I knew that was the last time I’d talk with him I would’ve stayed longer. Definitely going to miss his company. Not sure why the lord took him when he did because Harry loved his life and still had so much more to do. May god bless, Rest In Peace my friend.