Donald J. Morosic, Sr.

Wood River

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Updated: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:53:21 CST

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Donald J. “Boomer” Morosic, Sr., 80 of Wood River, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be 10:30 A.M. Saturday, April 12, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wood River with the Rev. James Janovec officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Wood River, Nebraska. Visitation hours will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, with the rosary to be recited at 7:00 P.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wood River. Memorials are suggested in lieu of flowers to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wood River Fire and Rescue, or the American Lung Association. Apfel Funeral Home in Wood River is in charge of arrangements.

Donald Joseph Morosic Sr. was born November 26, 1933 in Indianola, Nebraska the son of Joseph & Lucille (Vontz) Morosic. He came to Wood River when he was in the 4th grade. He was educated in the Wood River school system, graduating with the class of 1951. He entered the United States Army September 15, 1953 in Fort Benning, GA and served until September 14, 1955 when he was honorably discharged. He transferred to the Army Reserve for 8 years.

He was united in marriage to Barbara Ann Cameron, October 2, 1954 in Columbus, Georgia. He spent 10 years in retail business with Allen’s Self Service in Grand Island and Hastings. Then they made their home in Wood River. On April 29, 1964, he purchased Elaine’s Sundries and named it Don’s Self-Service. In September of 1966, he sold the business to Raynord Apfel. Don accepted the position of Sales Representative with Rich Brothers Co. in Sioux Falls, SD – a wholesale company that sold toys and fireworks. He was the sales representative for Nebraska and other portions of Kansas and Colorado for 30 plus years.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wood River, and the American Legion Club.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, horse racing, fishing, and wood working. He also enjoyed sporting events and was a big fan of the Wood River Eagles and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Don was very involved with his community.

Those left to cherish his memory include a son and daughter-in-law, Donald “Don” Jr. & Linda Morosic of Kearney, Nebraska; three daughters & sons-in-law, Julie & Brian Hayes of Wood River, Nebraska, Jennifer & Dennis Kellogg of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Hermine & Job Kok of the Netherlands; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Campbell of Grand Island; brother & sister-in-law, Bob & Dani Morosic of Liberty Township, Ohio; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Daphne and Dan Clark of Hernando, FL; and numerous nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Barbara Ann Morosic; son, Steven Morosic; grandson, Christian Kellogg; and great-grandsons, Dezan Soto and Gabriel Hershberger; brother-in-law, Ronald Campbell; mother-in-law, Helen Johnson; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Jack Cameron, Donald Cameron, and Dottie Cameron; and nephew, Tim Cameron.