Morris John Boyce, 92, Kokomo, passed away at 6:12 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Primrose Retirement Community. Morris was born on July 3, 1921, in Sharon, Pa., to H. F. Boyce and Reathel Kalmbacher. He had an itinerant childhood as his entrepreneurial father moved from Cleveland to Fort Wayne to Florida to the family farm in Indiana. In 1936 the family arrived in Kokomo where Morris made his home, met his wife, had his family and made his wide network of friends.
He graduated from Kokomo High School in 1938 and Butler University in 1942 (Go Bull Dogs!). Right after graduation Morris married Doris Eby and joined the Army, rising to the rank of captain in the infantry.
Morris was an active civic leader in Kokomo, raising funds for charities, acting as scoutmaster, serving as president of City Plan Commission, member of City Board of Zoning Appeals, member of the Howard County School Reorganization Commission, president of Kokomo City School Board during the construction of Kokomo High School, a long- time member of the Elks and Kiwanis, and receiving the Jaycee’s Distinguished Service award 1953. His civic involvement was matched by his service to Grace United Methodist Church, where he served on the board of directors, as treasurer, and taught the Men’s Class.
Morris began his career in 1942 in the personnel department of Delco Radio and became director of industrial relations for Delco Electronics in 1962. In 1969 he moved to Flint, Mich., to become the director of industrial relations for GM Parts Division. He later moved to Dayton, Ohio, as director of industrial relations for Frigidaire and participated in the sale of the division. He was then on the executive team that developed two new manufacturing operations for GM truck and engine plants in Dayton, Ohio, until his retirement in 1982.
He and Doris returned happily to Kokomo and their large circle of friends. Morris rejoined the Country Club and walked 18 holes at least three days per week into his mid- 80s. He threw himself back into church activities. He and Doris played duplicate bridge and euchre. They traveled the world, often with friends. Doris’s death in 2002 was a great blow, but Morris heeded the advice of his friends and stayed active. He continued traveling. He completed the New York Times crosswords in ink. He participated in SCORE, providing business and financial advice to new business start-ups, and was pleased to watch several of those he advised thrive. Morris was interested in those around him and interesting to those around him. He will be missed by his family and friends.