JACK MORRIS (1923 - 2018)

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MORRIS Jack Morris Military officer, Church activist, Scout leader, Mason and family man, Jack Morris, 94, of Summerlake in Fredericksburg, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 surrounded by his family. Jack was born in Columbus, Ohio on August 5, 1923 to Philip H. and Mildred E. Davis Morris. He attended West High School receiving scholastic honors and was active in the Scout program where he became an Eagle and later spent many years as an adult leader. He completed his education at Ohio State University receiving a Bachelor of Science in accounting after serving in the U. S. Army, 749th Tank Battalion, during World War II. His service there included an assault landing at Utah beach in France, the first U.S. unit to cross the Seine River, capture of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp and managing a Chemical Depot Company in Southern France after the fighting ended. Jack and his wife of 70 years, Harriett Louise Edwards Morris, met on his return from WWII at Glenwood Methodist church and were married in August 1947. Following graduation from OSU in 1948 he worked as an accountant for the Bonney Floyd Steel Company and then changed jobs and became Secretary for the Hilltop Business Association in Columbus where he managed the widely known annual Hilltop Bean Dinner. After graduation he also joined the Ohio Air National Guard as an Intelligence officer. Later his unit was recalled to active duty in September 1951 due to the increasing threatening posture of the USSR in Europe. A few months later his unit, the 155th Aircraft-Control and Warning Group, was shipped to West Germany to strengthen the U.S. position in Western Europe. After being on site for a few months, Jack decided it would be prudent to go ahead and join the Service (Air Force) on an extended basis. Accordingly, he signed up for an unlimited period which eventually ended up being a full career of 35 years active duty. Included in this time were two more wars (Korea and Vietnam); two worldwide trips with the Air Force Chief of Staff, 20 years in the Pentagon, and finally becoming the most senior Colonel in the U.S. Air Force plus serving as Deputy, Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence. During this long period of service Jack was awarded 21 medals including the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (twice), Bronze Star (twice), Purple Heart and The French Legion of Honor. Despite many long hours at the Pentagon, he managed to actively participate in his church serving in several leadership capacities but he enjoyed teaching his high school and college age students the most. Although his career often caused him uprooted home life, he managed to put in at least a quarter century of teaching his young adults. In another realm of activity, Jack was most proud to be a Mason and Shriner. He joined these organizations in 1946 before finishing college and all told has served faithfully for 72 years. Of all of Jack's accomplishments he was most proud of his beloved family. Jack is survived by his wife, Harriett Louise Edwards Morris; sons, Brian Lee Morris, Bruce Evan Morris (Blaire) and Brent Noel Morris (Rebecca); daughter, Beth Ann Sanner (Jerry); 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren, all of whom he loved. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. A service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18 at Tabernacle United Methodist Church. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Online guestbook at: www.covenantfuneralservice.com www.covenantfuneralservice.com
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Published in The Washington Post on July 14, 2018
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