On the evening of June 20, 2015, Robert F. “Bob” Morgan died in the arms of his wife, Gen. He was surrounded by four generations of his loving family.
Bob was born Aug. 20, 1929, in Helena, to John P. and Catherine Morgan. He spent his early childhood at Stansfield Lake in the Helena Valley.
Bob attended school at Warren, Bryant and Central schools. He graduated from Helena High School, Class of 1947.
In the fall of 1948, Bob married his “bride,” Genevieve Basti. This September would have marked 67 years together.
On Bob’s 20th birthday, in 1949, their first child, Jeanne, was born, followed by Bob in 1951, Tim in 1955, Tom in 1957 and Susan in 1963.
Bob is recognized as a noted Montana Western artist and historian. His career included design and display at Fligelman’s Department Store, assistant curator, curator and acting director of the Montana Historical Society. He was also involved in planning and design for various museums in Montana and Arizona.
He was also employed for a number of years by the Montana Army National Guard. His military service included 1946 to 1947 in the U.S. Navy Reserve and 1947 to 1967 in the Montana Army National Guard.
Bob was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved the Carroll College Saints and Helena High Bengals. He was a staunch supporter of all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s various activities.
He was a lifelong member of the St. Helena Cathedral Parish, the Elks Club and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He was co-founder of Northwest Rendezvous of Art with Jack Hines, fellow artist, who died the same evening as Bob. He was blessed to “ride into the sunset” with one of his best friends.
He is survived by his children, Jeanne (Mike), Bob (Carl), Tim (Colleen), Tom (Jean) and Susan (Dana); grandchildren include Rick, Drew, Jon, Josh, Sarah, Mary, Joe, Katie, Erin, Pat and Anna; and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Roy and Jim and baby sister Anna.
The family will begin receiving friends at 5 p.m., with a vigil service to be held at 6 p.m. today, June 24, at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Thursday, June 25, at the Cathedral of Saint Helena. A reception will follow in the Brondel Center located in the lower level of the Cathedral. Interment with military honors will take place at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison.
Memorials are suggested to: Montana Historical Society, 225 N. Roberts, Helena, MT 59601; Montana Talking Books Program, 1515 E. 6th Ave., Helena, MT 59601; or to the Dialysis Unit C/O St. Peter’s Hospital, 2475 Broadway St., Helena, MT 59601.
Please visit www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer condolences to the family or to share a memory of Bob.