Stephen P. Morrow III, 74, passed into eternal rest at 3:11 pm. Monday, May 6, 2019 at his home in Neosho, after a three-year courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Carthage, Missouri on September 28, 1944 to Stephen Patrick, Jr. and Harriet (Michaels) Morrow.
His parents left Neosho after World War II and moved back to their home in Chicago, Illinois just before his first birthday. He lived in Chicago until he was seven at which time the family moved to Kansas City, Missouri where he attended St. Peter Catholic Grade School, Rockhurst High School and Rockhurst College where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Biology. He then attended University of Missouri at Kansas City Dental School graduating in 1970. While in Kansas City, he was a member of Troop 118 of the Boy Scouts of America where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
On August 26, 1967, he married the love of his life and his best friend Jeanne Spaniol at St. Peter Catholic Church in Kansas City, and she survives. Also surviving are three sons, Stephen P. IV (Pat) of Joplin, Christopher David of New Braunfels, Texas, and Anthony Mark and wife Carmen of Ozark, Missouri. Besides his wife and children, he leaves behind eight fabulous grandchildren: Alec, Ashland, Kevin, Maxwell, Landon, Piper, Harper, and Jensen; two brothers: Joseph T. Morrow of Seattle, Washington, Dr. Timothy P. Morrow of Kansas City, Missouri, a sister, Mary R. Mikkelson of Prairie Village, Kansas, and Aunt Frances Schneider (101) of Champaign, IL., five nieces, three great-nephews, four great-nieces, numerous cousins, former patients, and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two siblings: Sally Ann (infant) and Vincent J. (25) and a son Kevin Michael (husband to Jana) at the age of 32.
Stephen left Kansas City in 1970 and joined the Indian Health Service, where he worked mostly with Native American Children in Anadarko, Oklahoma. He moved to Neosho in 1972 where he established a private dental practice. As a dentist he was a member of the Southwest Missouri Dental Society, Missouri Dental Society, and the American Dental Association. He also was a member of the Academy of General Dentistry where he attained the rank of Fellowship. He retired from dentistry in 2014 after practicing for forty-two years.
Stephen was a member of the local chapter of Rotary International for ten years. He was also a Life Member of Council 4187 of the Knights of Columbus where he served as Recording Secretary, Deputy Grand Knight, Grand Knight, Treasurer, and coached their Little League Baseball team.
He was passionate about youth soccer where he coached for many years with the Recreation League and a Junior High traveling team based in Joplin for two. During that time he served on the Neosho Soccer Board and as a volunteer referee.
His hobbies included Bible study, reading, listening to jazz or Irish music, photography, woodworking, tropical fish, growing cactus, model railroading and taking care of his property, especially the trees.
Stephen was a member of St. Canera Catholic Church, where he was baptized as an infant, taught Sixth Grade OT for sixteen years, Adult Bible Study for ten and participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for nine. He wrote a reflection for the parish bulletin for twenty years and also produced it for five. He was a member of the St. Canera Parish Council for twelve years and a member of the Diocesan Parish Council for three. A wake service will held on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. at St. Canera Catholic Church and a funeral Mass will be held on Friday May 24 at 10:30 a.m. also at St. Canera Catholic Church, 504 South Washington Street in Neosho. graveside service will be held at a later date.