MORGAN, Robert Lee- - “Bob”, age 86, formerly of Galesburg, Illinois. He passed away peacefully with his family on November 1st, 2023, after a long battle with Dementia. He and Alberta resided in his beloved town of Galesburg for 84 years until they moved to Indianapolis in 2021 to be closer to family.
Bob was born on December 24, 1936, to William and Bernice Morgan in New Concord, Ohio. He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1954 and from Western Illinois University in 1960. He later received his master’s from Northeast Missouri State. Bob began his teaching career at Cook Elementary School. He then transitioned to Churchill Junior High in 1962, where he continued his admirable thirty-year teaching and coaching duties.
He earned his famous “Coach Bob” title, by the hundreds of his ball players and students.
“If you are doing something you love, you never will work a day in your life”, that quote epitomizes Coach Bob. He could recount the most minute details about every single player, game, or play in a game. He was a disciplinarian, and he was fair. Most importantly, he made the players believe they could succeed, and they often did.
Bob was always a jokester. Even towards the end of his life, his family could still make him laugh. Whether it was his family, students, or friends, Bapa loved to teach, share his views, and persuade you to see life his way.
Preceded in death by his parents, brother Bill, sister Patty, and his beloved Aunt Mary. He is survived by his devoted wife of sixty-six years, Alberta; daughter Chrissy and her husband Mark, grandchildren Nikki (Reed), Tony (Lori), and his three great grand grandchildren Elliette, Leo, and Reese.
There will be a celebration of life for Bob, Coach Bob, or Bapa in a few months. Details to follow.