John W. Morris, Sr., 86, World War II veteran

John W. Morris, Sr., 86, of Ridgefield, husband of the late Alberta (Languell) Morris, died on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Danbury Hospital.

Mr. Morris was born in Warsaw, Indiana, June 26, 1928, son of the Rev. Thurman B. and Mary (Hollingsworth) Morris.

He was educated in schools in the northern part of Indiana where his father served in various parishes and later graduated from the University of Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Mr. Morris was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and while stationed in Japan, served a part of the honor guard for General Douglas McArthur.

Mr. and Mrs. Morris were married in 1949 and resided in Kokomo, Indiana where he joined Stellite, a division of Union Carbide when in 1967, moved to Stamford to join the operations of Union Carbide in New York, NY. Later, Mr. Morris joined Union Carbide in their operations in Canada moving to Ridgefield in 1977 from Canada to join Union Carbide at their Danbury, CT operations.

Mr. Morris was a compensation specialist with Union Carbide.

Upon his retirement, Mr. Morris was a salesman and counter clerk with the former Bedient Hardware Store of Ridgefield.

Active in the Ridgefield community, Mr. Morris was a former Little League coach, member of the Ridgefield Kiwanis Club and advisor to the Ridgefield High School Key Club, member of the American Legion and Ridgefield Mens Club.

A member of Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, he served as a trustee, usher and a volunteer with the annual Yankee Peddler Fair, Pumpkin Patch project and Clothing Drive.

A sports fan, he followed college basketball and most especially the Indiana University Basketball Team. He enjoyed bridge, golf and euchre (a trick-taking card game). Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Mr. Morris is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth “Beth” Hedlund, Eva Hagon and Mary “Nelle” Schivera; three sons, Gilbert Morris, Thomas Morris and Wade Morris; a sister, Martha Vail, twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will take place on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, 207 Main Street, Ridgefield with the Rev. Dr. William Pfohl, Senior Pastor, officiating.

Enturnment will follow in the Columbarium of Jesse Lee Church with military honors.

The family will receive friends at the church following the Memorial Service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church.

Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield is in charge of arrangements.