Frederick Winfield Morgan
December 7, 1926 - May 8, 2013
Frederick Winfield Morgan, 86 of Nampa, ID passed away on May 8, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Pasedena, CA, to William Bevly and Ruth Spahr Morgan on December 7, 1926. At 17 he joined the navy as soon has his Dad gave him permission to enlist. He served at NTS Great Lakes, Ill, the USS Earle DD635, NTS Newport, R.I., and the USS Helena (CA-75). They escorted supply convoys and searched for U-boats in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and North Africa. In Algeria his ship helped to prepare for the invasion of Sicily. His service awards include the Victory Medal, American Area Medal, European Campaign Medal and Mid-Eastern Medal. Later, while serving on the USS Helena (CA-75), he visited major ports in Scotland, then England, where he met his (future) wife Margaret. They moved to Los Angeles to raise their family He had several jobs including building aircraft for North American Aviation. His love for skin diving and the sea got him a job as a as a hardhat diver at Marineland of the Pacific. In his retirement he enjoyed photography, reading, natural history, playing the harmonica and visiting with family and friends. His wants were few, and the simple things he loved were many. He also loved music, photography, spring, pizza, animals, veterans and The navy. Fred always had a green thumb, and was thrilled to share his gardening enthusiasm and plants with anybody and everybody. His path in life was not easy, but he always walked with a smile on his face, a song in his heart and a generous spirit. His mirthful humor, lack of pretense and kindness made an endearing impression on all who met him. He was predeceased by his parents, stepmother LaVerne Boone, sister June, late wife Margaret and son Perry. He is survived by his brother Bev, his two children Glenn and his wife Anna, Jennifer and her husband Daniel, daughter-in-law Irene, several grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family and friends. We loved him and are all proud of his military service to this great country, his love for us and for who he was. He will forever be our hero. After 86 years on this Earth he is now playing harmonica, dancing and drinking O'Doul's with the angels (when he's not tending his garden). Fair winds and following seas, Sailor!
A graveside service will be held 1:00 P.M. Monday May 20, 2013 at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. Services are under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel; an online guestbook may be signed at www.nampafuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Boise VA Medical Center (VAMC), 500 W. Fort St. Boise, Id. 83702 Attn. Voluntary Service, Hospice Fund.