Robert Layne Morrill, Sr.
Robert Layne Morrill, Sr., 81, of Kimberling City, Mo., passed away Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, in his home. Layne was born in Springfield on June 2, 1939, to Vivian D. (Bass) and Alfred R. Morrill, of Reeds Spring. He was a lifelong Stone County resident and loved where he was from. He graduated from Reeds Spring High School in 1957, and was also a graduate of Drury College in Springfield. Layne’s goals were to make living in the Ozarks enjoyable and to make the beauty of the Ozarks known to everyone.
Layne was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Brenda; and an infant son, Darin.
Layne’s life’s work was promoting the Ozarks, and he was a Realtor and developer in the Branson Tri-Lakes area for many years. He rose to the top of his profession in 1998, when he was president of the National Association of Realtors. In addition, Layne served his community on many boards and was very active in politics. He was a director of White River Valley Electric Cooperative and a strong advocate for the rural electric cooperative system for decades. There is truly just not enough space to list all the ways in which Layne served the Ozarks.
Layne loved Table Rock Lake. His favorite pastime was driving his boat, looking around at the places he remembered from before the lake even existed. Layne could tell you where the old highways were located underneath the waves. Talking with him always led to a walk down Memory Lane, and as a gifted orator, he could command the attention of one to thousands with his stories.
He is survived by his children, Gina Morrill Olson, of Missoula, Mont., Robert Layne Morrill, Jr., of Spokane, Wash., and Shelly Pollard, of Ozark, Mo., and their spouses; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and their families.
Because of the pandemic, a service is not planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, Layne’s family requests donations to organizations that would benefit the lake and the area Layne loved: Ozarks Water Watch; the Reeds Spring R-IV School Foundation; or a Stone County emergency service of the donor’s choice. The family would like to thank numerous emergency services for their assistance and care in Layne’s final days.
Arrangements are under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home Kimberling City, MO