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Rodney Leroy Morrison Jr.

January 16, 1965 — July 24, 2023

Rev. Rodney Leroy Morrison Jr., age 58 of St. Helen, passed away Monday, July 24, 2023 at his home. Rod was born, to Rodney Sr. and Linda Morrison on January 16, 1965 in Lansing, MI. He grew up in Michigan and Florida, graduating at Bath, MI High School. He joined the US Navy on April 18, 1986, married Barbara Jean Smith on August 29, 1986 on Lake Marguerite in Grayling, MI and had a son, Shawn, in 1987. Rod then returned to Michigan from California in 1991. He was called by God and started seminary in 2003. He was placed at Hope Lutheran Church in St. Helen and was ordained and installed in 2008. He became involved with Richfield Township Department of Public Safety as their Chaplain in 2008, and later became a reserve officer and EMT. Rod also loved deer hunting and riding his Harleys.

Rod is survived by his loving wife, Barbara “BJ” Morrison of St. Helen, son, Shawn Morrison of St. Helen, father, Rodney Sr. (Dawn) Morrison of Marion, mother, Linda Crisp of CA, grandson, Landon, brother, Travis (Diana) Morrison of CA, and sister-in-law, Debra Hahn of Lansing. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Rod is preceded in death by sister, Theresa Rost-Thompson, brother-in-law, Craig Hahn, and parents-in-law, Betty and Bob Hahn.

Visitation at the Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in St. Helen will be on Sunday, July 30, 2023 from 2-6 PM with military honors at 2:00 PM. The Funeral Service will be held at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 616 S. 4th St., Harrison, MI 48625 on Monday, July 31, 2023 at 11:00 AM with visitation starting at 10:00 AM until time of service. Rev. Timothy Sheridan will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to Richfield Township Department of Public Safety.

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