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John Morrison

John Roger Morrison was born February 16, 1955, in Mt. Ayr, Iowa, to Roger and Donna (Ferguson) Morrison. He passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines on June 9, 2016.

John was baptized as a youth at the Tingley Presbyterian church, and again as an adult while attending First Baptist Church in Savannah, Missouri. He graduated from Mt. Ayr Community High School in 1973, and from Northwest Missouri State University in 1978. He taught elementary school in Amazonia, Missouri, for one year and in Orange Park, Florida, for three years.

He returned to the Midwest and for several years worked at Eckard's in Bethany and in Creston, and served as janitor at the Tingley Presbyterian Church.

John's gift and calling in life was serving others. When he saw something that needed to be done, he just did it. He unselfishly gave of his time, energy and resources to many people in many ways. He cared for his parents in their final years, while beautifully keeping the homestead for their and others' enjoyment.

He was cordial and friendly toward everyone. He enjoyed living in Mt. Ayr the last few years, taking walks around town, and saying hello to everyone he met. John had a passion for collecting a variety of antiques, meticulously cataloging each item in his collection.

He was always proud of his nephews, and took great joy in his great nieces and great nephews. John was an exceptional son, brother and friend. He was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Those who are left to cherish his memory include sisters Becky and husband Tiger Gordon of Fayette, Missouri, and Lori and husband Rich Mercer of Kellerton; nephews Tony and wife Ashley Mercer of Mt. Ayr, Alex and wife Tanicia Mercer of Waterloo, Andrew Mercer of Ames and special friend Cathy Sawyers of Johnston, and Matthew Mercer of Ankeny; great nieces and nephews Logan, Jackson, Owen and Cash Mercer of Mt. Ayr and Angela, Tysen, Adlyn, and Trèace Mercer of Waterloo; and many other family and friends who were blessed by his selfless acts of kindness.

Memorials are to the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr, Neighborhood Center in Mount Ayr or you may do a random act of kindness.

  • Open Viewing

    June 12, 2016
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Family Will Be Present

    June 12, 2016
    6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    205 West Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    June 13, 2016
    10:30 AM

    First Christian Church

    201 W. Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Monday June 13 2016

    Tingley Cemetery

    Tingley, IA


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Guestbook

Becky, Lori & family,
I was so sad to hear of John''s passing. He was always very special to our family and did so much for us. One thing I''ll never forget about John is that he always called me "Kelli D". Never just Kelli. His kind and giving spirit will be missed by the whole community. Your family is in my prayers.

Posted by Kelli Mason - Cedar Rapids, IA - Friend   June 13, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of John''s death. We never know what a day will bring forth.
The special memories of him you can keep in your hearts. May you be surrounded with God''s love as well as the the concern of your loved ones and friends. Words can''t take away the pain but to know others care is a help.

Margaret Wilkins

Posted by Margaret Wilkins - Pella, IA - Friend   June 13, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dear Becky and Lori,
Sorry to read of John''s death. It has been said no one is promised tomorrow.I''m sure this came as big shock to the family. May it help in some small way to know you are in the thoughts and prayers of others. The special memories of him can always be kept in your hearts. May God give you comfort at this time.

Margaret Wilkins

Posted by Margaret Wilkins - Pella, IA - Friend   June 13, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Lori, I am so sorry to hear of your Brother''s death. I have heard many, many kind comments about him & how helpful he was to so very many people. Please, accept my sincere condolences. Prayers for you and your family.
Sharon

Posted by Sharon Hubbard - Mt Ayr, IA - Acquaintance   June 11, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

John has been a friend for 40 years. He was a great guy and would do anything for people. He was noted for helping others his whole life. I remember the NWMSU days and how much he did for me. John will be missed by his family very much. We know he is home in heaven and we will be able to meet again. Danny

Posted by Danny Jensen - Murray, IA   June 10, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry about the loss of a truly sweet guy. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family.

Posted by Samantha Booth - Creston, IA - Friend   June 10, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

What a wonderful man , loved our chats, he''d always stop in my office to check on me and my family and chit chat. I do know he loved his family and nieces and nephews so very much- and was so proud of each of you . You will be missed John. Heaven gained a mighty volunteer and loving friend to all those who have went before him.

Posted by Teresa Jackson - Mount Ayr, IA - Friend   June 10, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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