Ralph Charles Morrison

  • Born: November 12, 1929
  • Died: April 12, 2019
  • Location: Sterling Heights, Michigan

D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home

30009 Hoover Road
Warren, MI 48093

Tel. (586) 751-0444

Tribute & Message From The Family

Ralph Charles Morrison, age 89, died Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Rose Senior Living facility in Clinton Township, Michigan. Ralph was born November 12, 1929 in Denver, Colorado, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Robert Morrison.

Ralph was born and raised in Denver and, shortly after graduating high school, married Patricia Mae Phenix. Ralph was a very intelligent person who possessed a mechanical engineering mind.

Ralph was forever intrigued with automobiles, along with their mechanical attributes, which inevitably led him to a career associated with autos. Ralph first worked for automobile dealerships in Denver, eventually becoming the parts manager. Later he would find positions with Chevrolet and eventually General Motors. Ralph worked for over 40 years within the General Motors Corporation attaining many high-level positions revolving around product quality and product recalls. During his career, Ralph's knowledge and expertise were highly sought after in testifying before Congress on issues related to product recalls.

Ralph and his wife lived in many parts of the United States, however the couple would eventually settle in Sterling Heights, Michigan where they've made their home since 1966. Living in Michigan kept Ralph close to the General Motors Headquarters in Detroit, along with the GM Technical Center in Warren.

Ralph's entire life revolved around the automotive industry,...even in retirement he returned to the workforce selling cars for a GM dealership in Oklahoma. In addition to all his hard work, Ralph was a dedicated father and family man who also volunteered his time as a board member for an orphanage in Oakland County and also supported the Salvation Army.

Ralph was the beloved husband of Patricia Morrison, and dear father of Michael (Colleen) Morrison, Pat (Irene) Morrison, Pamela (Alex) Mako, Mark (Kim) Morrison, and Jeff (Amy) Morrison. Ralph was also the dear brother of Marlyn (Alice) Morrison, Bernie Clesi, and Rita (Dave) Holtbeck. He was predeceased by his four other siblings, and is further survived by 13 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be held Monday, April 29th at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Warren. The family will receive guests from 9:00 am until time of the Funeral Liturgy at 9:30 am. Celebrating the Funeral Liturgy will be Reverend Fr. Nick Zukowski.

Immediately following Mass, the family cordially invites you to join them for a luncheon being held in Ralph's honor at the American-Polish Century Club, located at 33204 Maple Lane in Sterling Heights. (Just north of 14 Mile & Hoover, and across the street from Maple Lanes Golf Course.)

Following the luncheon, Ralph's Committal Service & Inurnment will take place at 1:15 pm at Resurrection Cemetery, 18201 Clinton River Road in Clinton Township, Michigan.

Memorial donations are appreciated to the Salvation Army, https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/emi

Please share memories of Ralph at his memory book above.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My deepest sympathy to the Morrison Family ! Ralph was a great friend to my grandpa (Charles Lantzy) and our family ! He would was a wonderful man , with a very kind heart !! May he Rest In Peace !!

Posted by Linda Chaffin - MI - Friend   April 29, 2019

My wife, Brenda, and I were saddened to hear of Ralph's passing. i worked with him for several years at the Tech Center and continued our friendship in retirememt. We spoke often, in person and via e-mail and infrequently at eh breakfasts with other retirees at the Rams Horn. We are sorry that we were unable to be in Michigan at this time.

We offer ;our condolences to the family.

Dave and Brenda Horchler

Posted by David Horchler - Tierr Verde, FL - Friend   April 29, 2019

I met Ralph while working as a Fleet Manager for a local Chevrolet Dealer in the early 2000's. Over the years Ralph and I collaborated on a lot of vehicles delivered to our dealership, for his friends in Metro Detroit. That were shipped to us from his friends dealership in Oklahoma. The moment I met Ralph I knew we would work great together. Ralph's knowledge of the car industry, history with General Motors and charismatic approach made him my favorite customer. We would sit in my office for hours talking about anything and everything. His stories about the auto industry and long career at GM were so compelling, that hours would just fly by. Further in our friendship Ralph met my parents Dave & Bernadine Stentz. Early on Ralph didn't know they were my parents and I didn't know they had met. One day my mother was talking about a new car with Ralph. Ralph told her I have the perfect person to help you. My mom told him that's ok Ralph but my son sells cars and will be helping me. Ralph agreed but said she should really talk to his friend the salesman too. He's the fleet manager at Chevy dealer down the street. My Mom said oh that's good he is my son. They both laughed. Ralph was more than just a friend. He was a friend of my family. I will always cherish our talks, time spent together and his glowing smile. He is a rare breed and I'm honored our lives crossed paths. Ralph will forever be in my heart

Posted by Mike Gristchuk - Harrison Township, MI - Friend   April 29, 2019

We met Ralph at the wedding of his grandson, Nathan Morrison to our daughter, Amy Dumlao on 7/26/2008. He was such a gracious and kind gentleman. Our sincerest condolences and prayers to the Morrison family.

Posted by Don & Anne Dumlao - Goldsboro, NC - Family Friend   April 28, 2019

Aloha Ralph,
We had the wonderful privilege of working with Ralph through United Motors. Marc was a technician and I the office manager. We will miss Ralph calling just to check in. He enjoyed finding questions to ask Marc and testing his knowledge of GM products. He always took the time to find out how we were and how our family was doing, even when he was in a hurry to assist one of his customers with a purchase,lease,or delivery of their vehicles. He would bring sunshine into my day with his simple Hello and genuine caring everytime he called. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your life. We know that families are forever, our friendship will be also. Our Aloha goes out to all of his family and friends. Mahalo for sharing him with us.
The Guy Ohana

Posted by Ella, Marc, Marc Aaron, Autumnlea Guy - Seminole, OK - Friend   April 28, 2019

Dear Morrison Family:

Ralph was a wonderful person and I shall miss him. I met Ralph in 1999 through a mutual friend, John Pruse. My family purchased numerous vehicles from Ralph, who emphasized customer service, and we always were pleased with his work. However, I most enjoyed discussing politics with Ralph. He was wise and principled, just a pleasure to have known.

Nathaniel Mann and family

Posted by Nat Mann - Santa Barbara, CA   April 23, 2019

Ralph came to KS and worked for dad on the farm and custom combining. He has been like a big brother to me over the many years. I was a small girl then but remember how he loved to torment mom on Sundays when she was cooking dinner. He would search all over the house for a 78 LP to play and replay "Driving Nails in my Coffin over You". Mom never found a good place to hide that record.
I will remember Ralph for his humor. He never failed to call me twice a year no matter where I lived. He called me just before Christmas with his genuine whit in tact.
I was miss you bro and pray you will rest in peace. Hugs, Love and prayers for your family.

Posted by Martha Helvey - WESTMINSTER, CO - Family Friend   April 22, 2019

Worked with Ralph for 30 years He enjoyed his work and loved GMHe was a great friend and supporter Thanks for everything Friend

Posted by dennis madigan - beverly hills mich, MI - Friend   April 22, 2019

My prayers r with his family.

Posted by Tommie HurtadoW - TX - Family Friend   April 13, 2019

As my Tyler , grampa Ralph's great grandson, said to me . " My grampa died today . He was the best of the Morrisons". May God receive him with open arms into he isaven.

Posted by Tommie Hurtado - El Paso, TX - Family Friend   April 13, 2019

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