Morganti, Joseph M.,
93, of Louisville, KY, born on June 12, 1921, passed away on July 19, 2014.
His parents, Philomena (Phyllis) and stepfather Lt. Cmdr. James Miller of Boston, MA, predecease him.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mrs. Ruth Edwards "Petie" Morganti; sons, Michael (Gigi) Morganti, Stanwood, WA, and Marc (Karen) Morganti, Frankfort, KY; one grandson, Dr. Josh (Mary) Morganti; and two great-grandsons, Aiden and Collin of Richmond, CA.
A retired Lt. Col., United States Army Corps of Engineers, and a decorated combat veteran of WWII and Korean Wars, Col. Morganti was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medal. He was deployed twice to the Korean conflict in 1947 and 1950. He served as Post Engineer at SHAPE Headquarters in Paris, France from 1953-1957. He was assigned as Post Engineer at the Port of Whittier, AK from 1960-1961, and he retired from Fort Dix, NJ, in 1961. As a civilian, he was in construction in Coral Gables, FL during 1961-1966. He was appointed as Executive Director of Housing and Urban Development between the city of Atlanta, GA and Louisville, KY from 1971-1975.
No services are scheduled. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC at a later date.
Memorial gifts can be made to Disabled Veterans of America or Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Highlands Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home
3331 Taylorsville Rd. Louisville, KY 40205
Published in The Courier-Journal on July 27, 2014