“Spoony the Clown” remembered for bringing smiles to local children

Courtesy: Facebook
Courtesy: Facebook

A man who spent decades bringing smiles to Midstate children has passed away.

Grant Morrill was known as “Spoony the Clown.” He was a Zembo Shrine “boss” clown for 44 years and visited Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital every Christmas Day to cheer up the patients.

Morrill could often be seen clowning around at Your Place restaurants across the Midstate for family nights. He often visited schools to encourage kids to avoid drugs and taught classes for balloon-making.

A Navy and Air Force veteran, Morrill was a golden gloves boxer in the Navy and traveled with the All-Navy softball team.

Visitation will be Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hetrick Funeral Home. A viewing and funeral service will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Morrill was 79.

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