Joe Thomas Morrison, 86, of Columbus, passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Miller's Merry Manor.
Born March 19, 1927, in Harrison County, he was the son of John W. and Clara (Wooten) Morrison.
He lived much of his life in New Albany, and the surrounding areas, as well as in Crothersville and Columbus. Joe joined the Army
in 1945 and was stationed in Germany. While in the Army, Joe trained as a radio technician, keeping all radios, transmitters and receivers adjusted and in working order. With this training and love of radio technology, Joe then started his own TV and radio repair business when he was discharged.
He loved using his hands and mind to fiddle with things, always creating something from nothing and making it work or cultivating his garden and watching it grow. He planted, picked and canned much of his own food, including the best "Grandpa green beans" ever.
On May 8, 1966, Joe married Helen Durham of Pekin, who gardened and canned alongside him until her death in 2008.
He is survived by a seventh sibling, Fay (Richard) Lanz of Springfield, Ohio, and numerous nieces and nephews; his stepdaughter Maxine (Jerry) Littrell, Columbus; grandchildren, Megan (Ben) Watson, Zionsville, Shanan Adkins of Indianapolis; and Brett (Amanda) Adkins of Noblesville; niece, Sheila Kowalski (Harold Hix) of Chicago and nephew, Michael (Debbie) Durham of Corydon, whom he regarded as his own.
Joe was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters.
As longstanding members of Crothersville Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 1083, Joe and Helen kept his military background alive. They honored their country, appreciated that heritage and enjoyed the company of other veterans and their families. Joe was also a member of St. Bartholomew Parish in Columbus. He found great comfort in the visits and services he received through his church.
Father Steve Schaftlein will conduct a funeral service at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Adams
Funeral Home and Crematory in Crothersville, with a private burial to follow at Daisy Hill Cemetery, Pekin, with the Crothersville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1083 conducting military honors.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, Columbus, or Crothersville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1083 c/o Adams Funeral Home & Crematory, 110 E. Howard St., Crothersville, IN 47229.
He will be greatly missed.
Online condolences may be given to the family at www.adamsfuneralhomeonline.com.