George Morris Jr.

Morris Jr., George Starks

George Starks Morris Jr., 82, North Venice, Fla., passed away peacefully Jan. 1, 2013. He was the son of the late George S. Morris Sr. and Mae Miles Morris, Alexandria, La.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Jane, his brother, Bill and wife, Dean of Lake Charles, La.; as well as five loving children and their spouses, Stephanie and Tom Ihbe, Shoreview, Minn.; Leslie and Dave Jacobucci, Green Bay, Wis.; Joe and Atsuko Morris, Irvington, N.Y.; William Morris, Anaheim, Calif.; and Samantha Morris, Riverview, Fla.

George is also survived by four cherished grandchildren, Micheal Ihbe, San Francisco, Calif.; Jennifer Ihbe, Shoreview, Minn.; Alex Jacques, Green Bay, Wis.; and Jado Morris, Irvington, N.Y.; along with six nieces and nephews, Cynthia Morris Core, Folsom, La.; Rebecca Morris Jenkins, College Station, Texas; Michael L. Morris, Sulphur, La.; Derinda Morris Mouton, Lake Charles, La.; Genevieve Morris, Los Angeles, Calif.; and Laura Morris Redmond, Menlo Park, Calif.

George was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Morris in 1986.

George graduated from Louisiana State University in June 1951, with a degree in Forestry. In 1952, he obtained his Masters of Science degree from Louisiana State University. He served in the U. S. Army from June 1952 to June 1954, where he served as Executive Officer, Corp of Engineer Officer Candidate School, Fort Belvoir, Va. He trained officers for active duty and resigned his commission with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in June, 1958. The Commanding Officer wrote, "The efficiency, initiative and energy with which you have carried out all phases of your duties have convinced me that you are one of the finest officers I have ever served with. The loyalty, dependability and ability to accept responsibility which you have constantly displayed at all times have been most important factors in the discipline, administration and training of our unit. I consider myself and our unit fortunate indeed to have had a man of your ability and quality serve with us."

His career, spanning 39 years with Procter and Gamble, started in 1954 as a research forester and ended in 1993, as the Paper Division Manager of wood supply plants in Green Bay, Wis. and Mehoopany, Penn. George was active in forestry related public affairs and state and national trade association activities such as Past Chairman of Forest Resource Committee, Wisconsin Paper Council, Member of Board of Directors, American Pulpwood Association, Vice President of Timber Harvesting Council of Pennsylvania, and member of Xi Sigma Pi, Honorary Forest Society.

George will be remembered first and foremost for his wonderful smile, his love of people and appetite for good food - especially pie! He was talented in sports, playing varsity basketball and baseball in college . He was an avid golfer and skier well into his late 70's. He will be missed dearly for his sense of humor, quick wit, and positive outlook on life.

The funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday Jan. 5, at the Farley Funeral Home, 265 S. Nokomis Ave., Venice, FL 34285. In lieu of flowers, donations in George's memory can be made to the International Waldenstrom's MacroglobulinemiaFoundation, 3932D Swift Road, Sarasota, FL 34231-6541 or the .

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Jan. 4, 2013