Morrissey John Emmet Morrissey, age 81 of Plymouth, formerly of Arizona and Breezy Point, MN, died on March 12, 2003. Preceded in death by parents, Emmet R. and Susan M. Morrissey. He will be deeply missed by all who loved him, especially his best friend and devoted wife of 59 years, Leola (Lee). Survived by children, Margaret (Peggy) Utne, Patricia (Patty) Duffey, Timothy (Tim) Morrissey (Sandie), & Cheryl Nielsen; grandchildren, John Duffey (Kari), Timothy Duffey, Peter and Michael Nielsen, Alison and Per Utne. John graduated from Washburn High School and Minnesota School of Business in 1940. He served in the US Navy from 1940-44. He attended the College of Arts, St Paul, and the University of MN. He was a motivational speaker and instructor at the Dale Carnegie School. He began his advertising career with the St. Paul Dispatch. He spent 17 years with Brown and Bigelow, and then joined Shedd Brown Inc., retiring as Executive Vice President and General Sales Mgr. Moving to Green Valley, Az. in 1980, he was a consultant to the Thomas D. Murphy Co. of Iowa. John was involved in youth baseball, coaching many years and was instrumental in forming the first Wayzata Babe Ruth League. John was active in the Catholic parishes of St. Bartholomew, Wayzata, Our Lady of the Valley, Green Valley, AZ. and the Community of St. Joseph, New Hope. The family wishes to thank the nursing and medical staff at Veteran's Hospital, Methodist Hospital and Hospice Care, and the St Therese Nursing Home for their compassionate care and concern. Visitation Monday 6-8 PM with 7 PM prayer service at the Gearty- Delmore Chapel of Plymouth, 37th Ave N. and Vicksburg Lane. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Tuesday at The Church of St. Joseph, 13015 Rockford Rd., Plymouth. A luncheon will follow at the parish ctr., 36th & Boone Ave N. New Hope. Interment at Ft Snelling National Cemetery following luncheon. Memorials preferred to the Mpls Heart Institute or the St Therese Foundation, New Hope, MN. Gearty-Delmore Plymouth 763-553-1411

Published on March 14, 2003

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