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Former McCook Gazette publisher dies Sunday at age 80

July 23, 2019

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — Former McCook Gazette publisher Gene O. Morris has died of pneumonia and heart complications. He was 80.

Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel in McCook says Morris died Sunday at the Kearney Regional Medical Center.

The McCook Gazette reports that Morris, who retired from the Gazette in 2008, began his work there in the early 1960s, serving as a sports and news writer and editor from 1961 to 1965. He later served as managing editor from 1969 to 1980; and as publisher from 1990 until 2007.

In addition to his years with the Gazette, Morris’s career included newspaper and chamber of commerce work in Nevada, Missouri, as well as in Kansas and Benkelman, Nebraska.

Morris is survived by his wife, Barbara, four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday morning at the McCook Christian Church. A private burial will be held at a later date.

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Information from: McCook Daily Gazette, http://www.mccookgazette.com

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