George Starks Morris Jr., 82, of North Venice, Fla., passed away peacefully Jan. 1, 2013. He was the son of the late George S. Morris Sr. and Mae Miles Morris of 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 of Shoreview, Minn.; Leslie and Dave Jacobucci of Green Bay, Wis.; Joe and Atsuko Morris of Irvington, N.Y.; William Morris of Anaheim, Calif.; and Samantha Morris of Riverview, Fla. George is also survived by four cherished grandchildren, Michael Ihbe of San Francisco, Calif.; Jennifer Ihbe of Shoreview, Minn.; Alex Jacques of Green Bay, Wis.; and Jado Morris of Irvington, N.Y.; along with six nieces and nephews, Cynthia Morris Core of Folsom, La.; Rebecca Morris Jenkins of College Station, Texas; Michael L. Morris of Sulphur, La.; Derinda Morris Mouton of Lake Charles, La.; Genevieve Morris of Los Angeles; and Laura Morris Redmond of Menlo Park, Calif.
George was proceeded 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, Pa. 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 70s. 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 Macroglobulinemia Foundation, 3932D Swift Road, Sarasota, FL 34231-6541 or the