Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Victor E. Morris, our beloved husband, father, father-in-law, Papa, Great Papa, brother and friend, took his last flight on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, surrounded by his family.
Born in Butler, Pa., to Nellie Di Falco and Eduardo Mura on Oct. 11, 1920, and was raised in Ellwood City, Pa., before entering the Army Air Corps to serve his country.
Victor was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Elizabeth "Betty", his parents and his stepfather, Raymond Di Falco.
Surviving are his five children, Retired MSgt Victor B. Morris, Illinois State Police, and his wife Karen; Retired U.S. Air Force Major Timothy J. Morris, and his wife Sandi; Retired U.S. Army Major Mark L. Morris, Medical Service Corps, and his wife Kathleen; Christopher J. Morris and his wife Dolores; and Rebekah Cruz and her husband Raymond. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; and his sisters, Stella, Olga and Edith, all of Ellwood City, Pa.
Dad was a World War II and 20-year highly decorated veteran of the United States Air Force. During the war, he and his crew were shot down over Tokyo, Japan, where he survived the horrors of being held captive in a Japanese POW camp; a true American patriot. Upon his retirement from active duty, Victor continued to serve his country for 32 years as a civil servant attaining the grade of GM15 and Director of Aircraft Maintenance for the C-5 and C-141 aircraft programs for the former Military Airlift Command (MAC), now known as the Air Mobility Command (AMC) at Scott AFB, Ill.
Our father is an exemplary American hero who shaped the lives of his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and anyone with whom he came in direct contact. They were all affected by his dedication, love and compassion. He will be missed greatly by all.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the
Services: Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until noon Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, with services to commence at noon with full military honors, at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill. Burial will take place at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill., with a reception to follow.
LAKE VIEW FUNERAL HOME, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Feb. 10, 2016