Robert Allen Morris

July 31, 1952 ‒ September 25, 2021

Radnor, Ohio
Formerly of Delaware, Ohio



Robert Allen Morris, 69 of Radnor passed away peacefully Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Grady Memorial Hospital, in the presence of his loving Michele.

Born July 31, 1952 in Columbus, Ohio, the only son to the late John & Lauretta (Metzger) Morris. Bob graduated high school and went on to attend the Ohio State University, and would earn his Bachelor’s in Science Degree, Bob also earned his Masters Degree from the Bowling Green University. Bob moved to Delaware, Ohio where he was hired on by Delaware Hayes High School as a American History and Government Teacher. Bob also coached the wrestling, football, and golf. Bob was with Delaware Hayes for 30 years before his retirement.

Growing up on a farm, Bob grew to love horses, his father raised several Pacers, most of which would be trained as race horses. Bob was a horseman at heart, rarely missing the Little Brown Jug. Bob’s greatest achievement was being the owner of Izatiger, who won Aged Pacer of the Year. Bob was a member of the US Trotting Association, and Ohio Harness Horseman Association.

Bob met the love of his life Michele Raker, they began dating and married in 1991, she survives, along with sisters Jeri (Frank) Jankovsky, and Susan Gribben; sisters-in-law Ilene Raker and Debra Stickley; brother-in-law Rex Raker; numerous nephews, and a niece; several adopted children through his school years; and numerous loving animals on their farm.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, and brother-in-law Patrick Gribben.

Bob was an outdoorsman at heart, spending the first 10 years married with Michele, traveling and camping. He enjoyed fishing, and was an avid golfer. Those close to Bob will remember him as the loving, honest, loyal, and eternal fighter that he was.

It was Bob’s wish to be cremated, and taken back into nature which he loved so much. No services will be held at this time.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed towards New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program 719 Dolan Lane, Lexington, KY 40511 or the James Cancer Hospital 460 West 10th Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43210  or a charity of the Donor’s choice.

The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors and staff, not only with Grady Memorial Hospital, but with The James Cancer Hospital for all their time spent caring for Bob over the past several years.

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The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is assisting the family with arrangements.

  • Michelle,
    I am so saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. He was one of the most loyal friends a guy could have. I am blessed to have spent so much time with him over the years. From the golf trips to euchre club to teaching and coaching we always had a great time. He will be greatly missed. God bless you in these tough times.
    Jim Warbel

  • It’s with a sad heart that I received the notification of Bob’s passing . I feared this would be the case but Bob had overcome so many health issues that I held hope he would once again. As his older cousin, I used to wrestle him and he always claimed I beat up on him! We shared many fun family times growing up and my own children also loved Bob even though we didn’t see him often. I love his wife Michele and am so sorry for her loss! Sending love to Susan and Jeri and their sons. Bob will always be in my heart!❤️
    Cheryl Metzger Howard

  • I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Bob. I do know that he loved you so much Michele! I will miss him deeply. I have so many GREAT memories with Bob. He was such a great man and would do anything for anyone who needed him. I will always treasure all of our golf trips and playing every Saturday morning for many years. (And of course, our giving each other the business of the Bengals/Browns rivalry). My prayers and thoughts are with you Michele.

  • Bob, or should I say Santa?! My wiser, older, funny friend that allowed me to become a part of your world! I will miss you for so many reasons, but ones that I hold dear to my heart are your love for Michele and the other is your role as Santa in my children’s lives. You never flinched at helping anyone or any animal. You jumped at the chance to bring Santa to life for us all. You will be missed so much.

  • Dear Michelle,
    Steve and I along with Meghan an Stephen were so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. May God hold you in the palm of his hand. Our prayers are sent to you and Bob’s family. Blessings. Steve, Babs, Meghan and Stephen.

  • So sorry to hear about Bob. Michelle I will be thinking of you as you go through these next few months. Times will be different . Savor all those great memories you have with Bob!

  • Michele

    I was very saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. I always thought so highly of both of you. I enjoyed being with Bob in dishonest euchre games at the Elks and ill-fated fishing trips in Tennessee. I wish you peace. Love to both of you.

    Bob and Terry Claymier

  • Michele – you and Bob were role models for so many teachers and coaches in the district. You are both wonderful examples of loyalty and dedication, not only to Delaware City Schools, but also to each other. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with you and learn from you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Michele,
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Bob was a wonderful man and you both were so blessed to have each other. If there is anything that I can do, please reach out.
    With Love,
    Jenna Estes

  • It’s very sad to hear this news. I was one of his History/Government students in the 1980s at Hayes H.S., and his teaching helped imbue a lifelong need to pay attention to the government, what it does, how it functions, and the history that effects the function of our government, whether it is Local, State, or Federal. I counted Mr. Morris as one of my favorite teachers, a small part of Mr. Morris lives in ALL of his students, including me.

    My sincere condolences to the entire family for your loss, I understand how tough it is to lose such an outstanding individual from your life.

    God bless you all and Mr. Morris.

  • I’m very sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. Prayers for you and the whole family as you navigate this time of loss. Remember the good times and let those times lift you up.

  • I’m so very sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. I’m fortunate to have known him and be able to call him a friend and colleague. You and yours are in my thoughts, Michelle.

  • I was a student of Mr. Morris while at Hayes from 1974-1978. He was one of my favorite teachers even though I hated history and didn’t do good in the subject. I had a major crush on him lol. He was a good teacher. So sorry to hear of his passing. RIP!

  • So sorry to hear of Mr.Morris passing. He was always Mr Morris or Coach Morris to me. The great memories of playing football for him and learning from him. Prayers and thoughts are with his family. Truly a sad day.

  • That is very sad news. I had Mr. Morris for History and really enjoyed his sense of humor. I also had him for homeroom one year and I was late pretty much every day. My excuse, which I thought was perfectly reasonable, was “I have to walk to school.” (Which I said rather indignantly.) He would just shake his head, sigh, and with a wry smile say, “Oh, Flanagan, just sit down.”

  • I am so sorry to hear about Mr Morris’ passing. Remember him fondly from Govt class at Hayes in the early 80’s. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers Michele.

  • Michelle I am so sorry for your loss. Mr.Morris was my History teacher at Hayes. You were my 7th and 8th grade teacher. Its Malinda (Shoaf) Combs. Take care of yourself. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Coach Raker-Morris. I am very sorry to hear about Mr Morris! I was just telling my son about him the other day! You are in my thoughts and Prayers. Love and hugs to you during this difficult time! ❤️

  • Gone far too soon! So saddened to hear of Coach Mo’s passing…a wonderful gent who taught me far more than football and government. Will miss that smile and gruff voice, Rest In Peace Coach, thanks for all your wisdom and friendship, prayers to family and Michele.

  • Sorry to hear of his passing. Mr. Morris was a great teacher and coach when I was at Delaware Hayes. Later in life he was just Bob and a friend. I saw him occasionally and he always remember me. I always loved seeing him at the track which he loved. He will be missed. Rest in peace Bob. 👍🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️

  • Coach Raker-Morris so sorry to hear about Mr. Morris, you will be in my thoughts and prayers!! He was always one of my favorite teachers! Prayers, Jodie Johnson

  • Michelle, family and friends.
    Hearts are with you all.
    Great Memories of Mr. Morris.
    You looked forward to seeing him, being around him in any capacity, and you knew who he was no matter the communication.
    Grateful he was part of my high school years.
    As staff were at Hayes, he was absolutely great to my mom.
    So appreciative of him and family.
    God Bless.

  • Michelle,

    Sending hugs and prayers for you and your family. Mr Morris and as I aged was was told told to call him Bob. He was really a Great human. He was always kidding me and reminding me of my time in his class. Picking on me as an adult and I loved every minute of it.

    He was one of those people who who once a friend always a friend. He will be missed by all he came in contact. Thanks for leaving this world a little better because you were in it.
    Angie (Lewis) Serviss
    Class of 1985.

  • So sad to here of Bob passing he was such a good person and all of us guys loved him as a coach and a teacher. My thoughts and prayers are with you Michele may he Rest In Peace

  • Such a great friend. So loyal. An incredibly important person to Mom,Dad,Tim and I. He had the respect of the people who knew him, took his work seriously but never took himself too seriously. I am grateful for him and the part that he played in the lives of our family. There are so many memories with him that make me smile and remember good times of the past.

  • You couldn’t ask for a better friend than Bob, I absolutely loved him and Michele, My favorite couple, This really saddens me that he has passed, My Love and Prayers are with Michele and her family , May God Bless them.

  • So Sorry to hear the news, he was part of so many lives in the classrooms and in the competitive environment. He was like a big brother to me, kept me out of trouble. Lol See you on the back 9.

  • Bob will be greatly missed by so many that he touched throughout his life.
    God bless. Thoughts and prayers, Michele.
    Beth Neace Hightower

  • Michelle and family,
    I am saddened to hear of Mr. Morris’ passing . I was a student and although history was not my favorite subject I looked forward to class because of him . He was a big gruff teddy bear that our class throughly enjoyed . He is gone too soon but never to be forgotten. My condolences to friends and family. RIP Mr . Morris .
    Deb Caudill Bryant
    Class of 1985

  • So sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May his soul be at peace in nature, which he so dearly loved.

  • I am so sorry, Michele. I will miss Bob. What a great human being. Always there and always ready to help anyone. A genuine heart of gold. I will cherish a long list of wonderful memories we’ve all shared.

  • Coming from a small family Bob Morris was my only male cousin. When I got the message from my sister of Bob’s passing I was wearing an Ohio State golf shirt that Bob had given me about 10 years ago when we played together in the member guest golf tournament in Virginia Beach, Va. my hometown. I love that shirt and will be wearing it today in Bob’s memory at a charity golf tournament for the USO.

    To Michelle and Bob’s family, some of you know that I’m in what is called the domain name business and I’m in the process of creating an APP named; While I’ve already prayed Bob”s and Michelle’s name, once the app is developed they’ll be the very first names to be prayed to the cloud.

    God Bless you Bob…..please make a tee time for us in heaven and I’ll bring the Bloody Mary’s.

    Cousin Rich

    • Rich,

      I’m one of Michele’s sisters and I want to thank you for the very precious gesture.

      May God Bless You,
      ilene raker

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