Barry Morris, age 55, died suddenly Thursday, October 17, 2019.
Arrangements are pending. Please consider making a donation to the family by donating to his fundraiser by clicking the green 'appeal for donations' tab on this web page.
Barry's Life Story
If Barry had written his own life story, there would have been at least one moment you would have laughed, dropped your jaw or shook your head. Since he didn’t, those who know him will write about the son, brother, soulmate, friend, co-worker and man we love.
Barry was born on Wednesday, July 22, 1964 to Jack E. and Donna A. (Hand) Morris in Altoona, PA. He spent his youth riding his bike, exploring the woods, and getting into mischief. He, his father and sister moved to Ohio where the family got a bit bigger with the addition of a mom and sister. His teen years, brought active involvement in 4H, playing the trumpet, participating in sports and video game marathons. Upon graduation from Crestview High School in Ohio with the class of 1982, he joined the Air Force and, once discharged, received his Associates Degree, graduating with a 4.0 GPA, summa cum laude, from ECPI Technical College. Barry worked a variety of occupations, most recently working a job he truly loved, as an IT Technician at the VA Hospital in Des Moines, IA.
Barry was a baby brother, ally, adversary, co-conspirator and loving sibling to his older sister, JoAnn Morris Gibbs and older brother to Carmia L. Sciotto. He was a proud and playful uncle to niece, Kimberly A. Gibbs and great-uncle to Aubriana G. Gibbs.
He was a caring, thoughtful and generous son to Jack, who preceded him in death and, the only mom he ever knew, Rebecca E. Morris. Barry was a partner, companion and soul-mate to Louisa Schuh and father figure to her son, Dayton Schuh.
We believe Barry died quickly and without suffering from a heart attack that may have been related to his diabetes. Unfortunately, diabetes is a very serious disease with very serious consequences. If you or a loved one are diagnosed, please be vigilant and intentional about managing your diabetes.
Barry’s family is saddened and shocked by our loss, but would like his unexpected and untimely passing to serve as a reminder that any time could be the last time. Treasure those whom you love and never let an opportunity pass to kiss a little longer, hug a little tighter and love a little stronger.
Barry will be greatly missed by all who loved him and whose lives he touched.
The family is asking for donations in lieu of flowers. Please consider making a donation to the family by donating to his fundraiser by clicking the green 'appeal for donations' tab on this web page.
O'Leary Funeral Services ~ (515) 981-0700
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