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RODNEY PATRICK MORRIS, SR

March 14, 1956 ~ November 28, 2019 (age 63)

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Rodney Patrick Morris, 63, of Ada, Oklahoma passed away, Thursday, November 28th, 2019 at Integris Baptist Medical Center, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Rodney was born March 14th, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan to Orville and Jeanette Wicker Morris. He was raised and finished his public schooling in Milford, Michigan. Rodney enlisted in the Navy and started his career in aviation. He loved both the water and airplanes. 

 

Rodney married Suzanne Cotner on November 25, 1995. They lived an adventure traveling for new opportunities including the Dallas, Texas area, Wichita, Kansas, Fayetteville, and Magnolia, Arkansas, Oklahoma City, and Ada, Oklahoma.

 

While in the Navy, Rodney worked on the aircraft carrier, The USS Kitty Hawk, stationed in San Diego, California. Rodney was an aerospace engineer and worked all facets of the process of building aircraft. Rodney worked with test pilots at Patuxent River Air Station, in Maryland. While at Pax River, Rod qualified as the first to achieve plane captain on all the planes housed at the base. Rod was lured by Vought to build a new plane in Texas. He continued in testing with Vought Aircraft Industries, in Grand Prairie, Texas. He loved getting paid to try to break things. While at LTV, Rod worked on several projects including tooling engineer on the B-2.  With Vought, Rod was awarded Employee of the Quarter twice in one year with separate programs, and Employee of the Year for his achievements. While in Wichita, Kansas Rod did electrical design for satellites, submarines, missiles, and unmanned aircraft. Rodney then found himself, in a position that required him to be responsible for tooling, production and testing of fuel cells, made of composite for Zodiac. He had several tests used, but was quick to earn the nickname of sniper after using 50 caliber gun to test the fuel cell ability to reseal. Rod enjoyed the travel and learning his position offered him. He was an onsite engineer in Savannah, Georgia for wet wings on the G-5 at Gulfstream. Then he was back in Dallas, at the same facility now known as Triumph Group, working on planning stages of the new Boeing 787. Over the years Rod had been able to work amongst the pilots of the Blue Angels Navy Flight squadron, which he considered the best of the best. Some of these same pilots having worked with him in the testing he had done. 

 

Rod was a very compassionate man. Animals and children loved him. He would always save and rescue any animal in need. Then seriously upped his game, along with his wife, Suzanne by rescuing children, a sibling pair (a sister and brother). Wow, life got interesting. Rodney's brain never stopped. To the very end he was trying to think of ideas to motivate and encourage those he was leaving behind.

 

Rodney was preceded in death by his parents. Rodney is survived by his wife, Suzanne; His son, Rodney Morris, Jr of College Station, Texas; and, three adopted children, Tana Reyna, of Sacramento, California; Cassandra Morris, of Shreveport, Louisiana; and Thomas Morris of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Rodney's three siblings survived him: Daniel Morris, of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Julie Haney of Wilmington, Ohio; and Janine Morse, of Howell, Michigan. 

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