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Obituary for Tedd R. Morris

Tedd R. Morris died on May 2, 2020 at the age of 81.

Tedd was born on January 14, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Roy H. and Irene A. Morris. The Morris family moved from Chicago to Battle Creek, MI in the mid-1940s. Tedd had a Ph.D. in Education and throughout his forty-year career was a teacher, principal and curriculum developer before becoming a superintendent. His first superintendent role was in the Iron River School District in the Upper Peninsula, followed by Berrien Springs Public Schools. Tedd retired in 2001 as superintendent of Fennville Public Schools. He enjoyed reading with special interest in biographies, world history and politics. He was an exceptional athlete growing up and participated in football, wrestling and baseball. Tedd and his wife, Jeanne, became avid sailors and enjoyed sailing on beautiful Lake Michigan. Tedd was full of life and could often be found with a drink in his hand at the St. Joseph River Yacht Club, deep in debate with his siblings or friends about sports and politics. He and Jeanne also made many trips to Florida to visit his sons.

Tedd is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jeanne, and his brothers, Robert and Michael. Surviving are his four sons, Scott (Jeananne), Andrew, Kyle (Conni and grandson, Mace) Morris, residing in Florida and Jeremy Yingst (Amanda and grandchildren, Madeline and Marshall) of Wisconsin, and step-daughters, Erin Yingst (grandchildren, Morgan and Wyatt) and Aileen Yingst Nova (Ross and grandchildren, Joshua and Rebecca). Tedd is also survived by sister, Deborah Morris of St. Joseph, niece Blythe Morris Yee (Edmond and their sons, Bennett and Maverick) and sister-in-law, Linda Peckham (widow of deceased brother, Robert). Tedd reconnected with former high school classmate, Chalice Niebauer, who became very special to him during his last years.

A memorial service for family and friends will be planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Messages of condolence can be left online at Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel, St. Joseph.