By Braedon Martin
Opinion Page Editor and Managing Editor-Design

Former Hutchinson Community College Chief Information Officer Loren Leo Morris died on Saturday at the age of 60. Morris served HutchCC as Chief Information Officer before retiring in 2022.

He was born to Leo and Jerry (Smith) Morris in Lexington, Neb., on March 26, 1963. 

Raised in Minden, Neb., Morris moved to Kansas to pursue higher education, where he met Pam Meadows at South Hutchinson’s Faith Mennonite Church. The two married on March 7, 1987.

Morris enjoyed working on home renovation projects with his sons-in-law, as well as spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed outdoor activities like hunting, volleyball, and spending time with his grandchildren in “Grandpa’s Woods”. 

Morris is survived by: Pam Morris, his wife of 36 years, their daughters Randi Wise and Robin Slabach, as well as their respective husbands Tyler and Kendal. Four Grandchildren, Levi (6), Cassidy (3), Jayden (2), and Ellie (2 months). His father and brother, Leo and Kerry Morris, and Kerry’s wife Judy, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of Morris’ life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Journey Mennonite Church in South Hutchinson. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Elliott Mortuary, or with family present from 6-8 p.m. at Journey Mennonite Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Hutchinson Community College Endowment or Mennonite Friendship Communities, in care of Elliott Mortuary, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS 67501.

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