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Geoffrey S. Morris

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PFC Geoffrey S. Morris, 19, U.S. Marine Corps, Weapons Company of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Regiment, 1st Marine Division 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, died on Palm Sunday, April 4, 2004 in combat with enemy forces near the towns of Fallujah and Ramadi in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq. Born at Good Shepard Hospital in Barrington, Geoffrey turned 19 on Feb. 1, 2004. Geoff grew up in Gurnee, IL as the big brother of five other siblings. He played football at the Warren Township Center and local high school for eight years. Geoff loved to hunt pheasants, geese and ducks, and fish for salmon and trout on Lake Michigan with his father and friends. He felt fulfilled when playing paintball in the back yard with his buddies. He was most content teaching chess, playing games and entertaining younger kids, and had built some relationships with local Iraqi children as well. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in his last year of high school and began his training soon after graduation in 2003. He was last stationed at Camp Pendleton before being deployed to Iraq on February 15. Geoff was a man of deep conviction and passion for God, his Country, and the Marine Corps. He was a simple man requiring little to enjoy life. His commitment to the mission of bringing peace and stability to the Iraqi people and the region was unwavering. His commitment to protecting our Country's Freedom and the Honorable way he did that is beyond reproach. Preceded in death by his mother Leslie Marie, nee Hein, Morris on Palm Sunday in 1999. Survived by his father Kirk S. and devoted second mother Vickie, nee Vander Werff, Bisk; Geoffrey was the oldest of six children, Jennifer, Lauren, Taylor, Austin and little Dylan; other surviving family members are grandparents Ralph W. Morris of Lake Barrington and Virginia Balmes of Crystal Lake; grandparents Gary L. and Jane Hein; uncles Doug and Gary Hein all from Decatur, IL; grandparent Helen Lundstrom of Lake Barrington; uncles Christopher Morris of Johnsburg, IL, Timothy Morris of Hebron, IL, Todd Woods of Portland, OR, and aunt Melissa Barrett of Mason, OH. Visitation will be at Warren High School, 34090 N. Almond Road Campus on Thursday, April 15, 2004 from 3 to 9 p.m. Memorial service will be held at Great Lakes Naval Base, (off Buckley Road, Rte. 137), main Chapel ''A'', Friday, April 16, 2004 at 6 p.m. Interment Fairlawn Cemetery, Decatur, IL (private). Arrangements and services prepared by Marsh Funeral Homes, 305 Cemetery Rd., Gurnee, IL 60031. 847-336-0127 . Please join us in honoring Geoff by visiting our memorial at www.mem.com. Through this site we invite you to share your thoughts and fond memories with our family. The family is requesting in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the PFC Geoffrey Morris Memorial Fund at the Fifth Third Bank to benefit a memorial and renovations at the Warren High School Football and athletic fields, in Gurnee, IL.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Apr. 14 to Apr. 15, 2004
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