Virgil Robert "Bob" Morrow, 76, of O'Neill, died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 at Avera St. Anthony's Hospital in O'Neill.
Visitation was held Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 at Biglin's Mortuary in O'Neill. Masks were worn and social distancing was practiced.
A private family funeral service was held at the mortuary in O'Neill.
Burial was in the O'Neill Cemetery in O'Neill.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Virgil was born Jan. 12,1944 to Virgil and Zola (Sholes) Morrow in Leavenworth, KS. Bob was baptized at the United Methodist Church in Inman, and in 1962 graduated from Inman High School.
Upon graduation he attended Universal Trade School in Omaha, after which he returned to O’Neill to work for William Krotter Co, and Eby’s Incorporated.
Following a short time at each of these, he opened his own full service gas station, Bob’s Mobil, in downtown O’Neill and operated it for about 10 years.
After over a decade of being a mechanic, he spent about 12 years as the parts manager at the Ford Garage in West O’Neill, earning several awards in sales.
Next, Bob moved into a completely different kind of work becoming a weatherization technician at Central Nebraska Community Services. There he finished out his career in public service and entered retirement, but this never meant slowing down.
Bob spent the rest of his life working on the family farm and building homemade furniture and knickknacks for family and friends. These were some of his most enjoyable years of retirement.
Early in his career Bob met his wife Veldeen Pinkerman of rural Lynch. The couple married Oct. 17, 1964 at the O’Neill First Presbyterian Church. To this union three sons Greg, Kevin and Kelly were born.
Bob loved live music, and in their early years he and Veldeen spent many weekends attending local dances where Bob was known as a good dancer.
Throughout Bob’s life he enjoyed hunting, fishing, bird watching and, in general, appreciating the outdoors. When not working at the farm, restoring a car or at home on a home improvement project, he took great pride in helping his own children with any kind of home project they might have. Bob could fix, install, build or problem solve almost any challenge he was confronted with. He took great pride in all of his work and never left a project uncompleted. These same values were instilled in his own children and passed along in his important role as grandpa as well.
Bob will always be remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He will be loved, missed and remembered by all who knew him.
Bob is survived by his wife of 56 years Veldeen of O’Neill; three children Greg (Tracy) Morrow of Grand Island, Kevin (Katie) Morrow and Kelly (Lara) Morrow, all of O’Neill; seven beloved grandchildren Jacob Morrow, Carter Morrow, Emily Morrow, Claire Morrow, Drew Morrow, Sara Morrow and Charlie Morrow; one great-grandson Miles Morrow; sisters Patty (Dick) Hofmockel of Council Bluffs, Sharon (Floyd)Sorensen of Grand Island, Sandra (Tim) Dempsey and Pam (Byron) Wilson, all of O’Neill; two brothers James Morrow of Osceola and Alan (Laurie) Morrow of Inman; as well as many cherished nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Virgil Morrow and Zola Keil and one grandson Blaine Morrow.