John Lewis Morris

Sept. 17, 1917 - Aug. 29, 2008

John Lewis Morris, a lifelong Waukesha County resident, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, at Avalon Square at age 90. He was born Sept. 17, 1917, in the town of Delafield, one of three children of Leslie David and Kathryn Jane (nee Davies) Morris.

Mr. Morris proudly served as a U.S. Army chief warrant officer during World War II in Australia from 1941 until 1945, after graduating from Carroll College in 1939. He started his civilian career at Boston Store as a buyer of stationery from 1939 until entering the service. Upon returning from service in Australia in 1945, he went back to work at Boston Store until 1955. He then went on to work as an Acacia Mutual Life Insurance agent from 1955 until his retirement in 1982.

Always active in community life, he was a life member of the Waukesha Noon Lions Club, where he was given the highest, most prestigious recognition in international Lionism, the Melvin Jones award for his exemplary service. He was also awarded the Birch-Sturm fellowship for dedication to humanitarian projects of the Wisconsin Lions Foundation. He served as secretary-treasurer of the Wales Cemetery Association for 30 years and was a member and past president of the Welsh heritage St. Davidís Society. He was chair of the Alumni Council and on the board of trustees at Carroll College. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder, head usher, Sunday school teacher, member of the Mariners and chair of the memorial gifts committee. He was a member of the EAA and a lifelong aviation enthusiast.

John was known for his friendly smile and all around good nature.

He is lovingly survived by his wife of 53 years, Eloise (nee Williams) of Waukesha; their children, Leslie Raymond (Mary) Morris and Dr. Cathleen Ann (the late Ron Peters) Morris, both of Waukesha, and Robert John (Lita) Morris of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; as well as his grandchildren, Kathryn, Brandon and Brittany. Also surviving are his brother, Dr. David Leslie (Sacia) Morris of Onalaska; his sister-in-law, Shirley (the late James) Howard of Menomonee Falls; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Richard David Morris in 1980, and his sister, Helen Jane Morris.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Visitation continues from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service Saturday, Sept. 6, at First Presbyterian Church, 810 N. East Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Bill Humphreys will preside. Graveside services with military honors will follow at Jerusalem Cemetery in Wales.

Memorials are appreciated to the Waukesha Noon Lions Club, P.O. Box 1004, Waukesha, WI 53187, or to Carroll University, Attn: Janine Kujawa, 100 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.