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Bruce Rowland Morrall, 85, of Monroe Center, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends on Monday, October 22, 2018. Born on January 28, 1933, in Chicago, the son of George and Katherine (Airey) Morrall. He served in U.S. Army during the Korean War, graduating from the Army Aviation school. Bruce married Rose Marie Jackson on April 26, 1958 in Chicago. She predeceased him on February 24, 1993. He worked as Chief Pilot for Sundstrand for 30 years. Bruce later married Velma Hoesly in Rockford on October 1, 1993. He was a Village Trustee, member of Monroe Center Community Church, Lion's Club, and Quiet Birdman (QB). Bruce enjoyed model railroad trains, gardening, rebuilding cars, and going to car shows. He also enjoyed building; he built 2 homes including a barn he renovated into his dream home.
Survived by his wife, Velma; children, Katherine (Jim) Taylor, Elaine (Scott) Kinsman, and Andrew (Bernard Tong) Morrall; step-children, Greg, Mark, & Noel Reed; and grandchild, Natalie Taylor. The family would like to give a special thanks to OSF Hospice, Alden Debes Hospice Wing and the 3rd floor nurses & doctors at OSF Saint Anthony Hospital.
Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 29, 2018 in Monroe Center Community Church, 102 West St., Monroe Center, IL 61052 with Reverend Bob Mellon officiating. There will be visitation time with the family following the service. Memorials may be made to Monroe Center Community Church.

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  1. Robert (Bob) Urbas

    Bruce was a remarkably cheerful, resourceful, capable man, ready to assist and lend a hand to anyone the instant he sensed that they were in need. In Bruce there was what I would describe as a great strength of character and a strong sense of humanity. I regard Bruce as someone whom I would do well to emulate. Though we mourn his passing, we must feel grateful for the privilege of having know him.

  2. Penny Souhrada

    Remembering what good neighbors Bruce and Rose Marie were. God bless you all and hope you can take comfort in a life well lived.

  3. Maggie Ringle (Miller)

    Kathy, Elaine and Andy, blessings to you all during this time of loss. Losing both parents makes you feel like you need to stay connected to each other. Hold on to your family ties. Death is hard but it's not the end. Your dad has just begun another chapter in his life. The best time I remember is when we stayed with you guys over the summer, swimming in your pool and playing hide and go seek. Your mom was amazing at keeping us entertained. Remember the quarry? Christmas was always fun and I looked forward to seeing you all each year! Memories are fun and will carry you through the sad times. God Bless you all.

  4. Tina Engmark (Miller)

    Kathy, Elaine and Andy, I am so sorry for your loss. There are so many great memories from our childhood of time spent laughing and getting together, I especially love the ones from Christmases long ago.... My prayers are with you all stay close to each other! Love you.

  5. Wanda Fermanich

    Sorry for the loss of your dad Elaine.So hard to lose A parent.

  6. Al & Vicki Rainwater

    Sorry to hear about Bruce. Thinking about all his family. Prayers to you all!

  7. Terry Taylor

    Best wishes to Kathy and Elaine and Andy on the loss of your dad. It is never easy to lose a parent. Also to Jim and Scott and Natalie who share their loss. And Velma so sorry about your husband.

  8. Amy Chaps

    So many wonderful memories of my beloved Uncle. Hugs and prayers for my cousins during this time. Love you, miss you. <3 <3

  9. Carol & David Dittbenner

    Our condolences to you and your family. We will keep you all in our prayers.

  10. Mary E.Burke(family)

    🗣Kathleen,Jim,Natalie Taylor, So very sorry to learn of your beloved fathers passing. Iwill keep him in my prayers! As well as your family,siblings!🙏🏼☮️✝️🛐

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