HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                                         Tuesday, January 8, 2002

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MORRIS DEES

 

  Morris Dees, 86, a local businessman and lifelong resident of Hill County, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2001, at a Havre care facility of natural causes.

  Rosary vigil is 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Holland and Bonine Chapel. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Jude Catholic Church with Fr. Robert D. Grosch officiating. Burial to follow at the Calvary Cemetery. Reception to follow burial at the Knights of Columbus Hall at St. Jude Catholic

Church.

  Morris was born December 9, 1915, to Andrew and Dorthea Dees on the family homestead farm five miles south of Kremlin. His parents were immigrants from Norway. He graduated from Sage

Creek School in 1929. He attended Kremlin High School and graduated from Havre High School in 1934. At times, he worked on the family farm repairing machinery and doing farm work. At other times, he worked at Bear Paw Motors and Havre Motors as an auto body repairman. He married Maxine Gussenhoven, a native of Havre, on August 31, 1940, and at that time moved permanently to Havre.   In 1944, Morris established Dees Auto Body Shop at First Street and Second Avenue, which ran success fully for thirty-five years. In 1958, the shop expanded and relocated to First Street and Sixth Avenue. In 1960, a 24-hour wrecking service was added.

  He was a member of the St. Jude Catholic Church, the Elks Club and the Rotary Club.

  He was preceded in death parents, Andrew in 1966 and Dorthea in 1968.

  Survivors include his son, Alan (Marilyn) of Havre; daughter, Gayle (Kent) Holbrook of Spokane, Wash.; brothers Alvin (Evelyn) of Tacoma, Wash., Richard of Billings, Donald (Rita) of Kremlin,

Norman (Mary) of Havre; sisters, Ella Hammond of Malta, Dorthy Sanda of Minnetonka, Minn.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

  Memorials in Morris' honor may be made to: St. Jude School, 624 Fourth St., P. O. Box 407, Havre, MT 59501.

  Services and arrangements are under the direction of the Holland and Bonine Funeral Home in Havre.

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REAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                                                 Tuesday, January 8, 2002

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Morris Dees

 

  HAVRE -- Morris Dees, 86, local businessman and life-long resident of Hill County, died Monday in a Havre care facility of natural causes.

  Rosary/Vigil is 7 p.m. Wednesday at Holland & Bonine Funeral Chapel. His funeral is 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Jude Catholic Church, with burial in Calvary Cemetery. A reception will follow burial at the Knights of Columbus Hall at St. Jude Catholic Church.

  Surviving are a son, Alan Dees of Havre; daughter, Gayle Holbrook of Spokane; brothers Alvin Dees of Tacoma, Wash., Richard Dees of Billings, Donald Dees of Kremlin and Norman Dees of Havre; sisters, Ella Hammond of Malta and Dorthy Sanda of Minnetonka, Minn.; two grandchildren and two grandchildren

 

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