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Robert T. Morgridge passed away on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. He was born on April 11, 1937, the son of Robert and Myrtle (Warder) Morgridge. Robert attended school in Portland, Michigan. In 1960 he married Mary Ellen Stump.
In 1967, he graduated from Michigan State University with an MA degree in Latin American History. Bob was a graduate assistant in the history department and was a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the International Honor Society in History – Phi Alpha Theta. In 1967 he started his teaching career with the Boyne City Public Schools.
In 1996, Bob Morgridge retired from teaching at Boyne City High School after twenty-nine years. For twenty-six years he taught a course on the local history of Charlevoix County. In 1981, he published a book entitled Settlers to Sidewalks: A History of Boyne City. To all the students he taught, he wants to say thanks for the fond memories.
In 1989, he was recognized by the Historical Society of Michigan as the outstanding Michigan History Teacher of the Year by receiving the Ferris Lewis Award. He served as a board member for the Michigan Center for Teaching Michigan History for the Historical Society of Michigan. In 1992, he also received the Liberty Bell Award from the Emmet-Charlevoix Bar Association for outstanding efforts in educating students in understanding the legal system in the State of Michigan. He has been an advisor and served on the board for the Michigan Youth in Government program sponsored by the YMCA.
During retirement, Bob enjoyed playing tennis, kayaking, riding his bike, and studying Boyne City history.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Ellen Morgridge; three sons, David (Carrie) Morgridge of Hailey, Idaho, Jeff (Lenore) Morgridge of Moraga, CA (son, Emmet, and daughter, Quincy), Jim Morgridge of Charlevoix (sons Robby, Alex, and Douglas); and daughter-in-law, Robin Morgridge of Highland, MI (son, Ben, and daughters, Emily and Shelby).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Morgridge (1984) and Myrtle Morgridge (2018); his brother, Michael Morgridge (1979); and his son, Dennis Morgridge (2020).
Robert’s family will hold a private service at a later date.
Arrangements are in the care of the Charlevoix Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign his online guestbook at www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com
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