John Morris

Benld | Friday, August 13 2021 |

John William Morris, 88, of Benld, passed away Friday, August 13, 2021 with family by his side. 

He was born November 4, 1932 to Thomas & Lillie (Chapman) Morris in DeWitt County.  He married Marleen  Pomatto on April 22, 1956 at the United Methodist Church in Gillespie and celebrated 65 years of marriage on April 22, 2021. 

He is survived by his wife, Marleen, 4 children, Gary (Mary Ann) Morris of Alton, Carolyn (Bill) Rice of Bunker HIll, Brenda (Steve) Subick of Mt. Olive, Keith (Amanda) Morris of Edwardsville, 13 grandchildren, Debra (Bryon) Downing, Steven Jr. (Elizabeth) Subick both of Troy, Mitchel (Aracely) Morris of Chicago, Nicholas (Sjanna) Subick of Cape Coral, FL, David Morris of Alton, Robert Rice of Mt. Olive, Danielle Morris of Nokomis, Kevin (Kristen) Morris of House Springs, MO, Sarah (Brian) O'Connor of Galesburg, Ryan (Nicole) Subick of Loveland, CO, Brian Morris of Godfrey, Emily (Tyler) Shewmake of Alton, Troy Morris of China, 17 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and several nieces and nephews. 

John was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter, Susan Rice of Bunker Hill, in-laws, Martin and Mary Pomatto of Wilsonville, 2 brothers and 5 sisters. 

John was a Sgt in the Army in the Korean War from 1951-1953, worked 46 years for the phone company, served 36 years on the Benld Fire Department, was a member of the Staunton VFW and former member of the Benld Italian American Club.  He went on the Honor Flight on April 11, 2017 accompanied by his daughter, Brenda.  John enjoyed trips to Branson with 630th Engineers Army Buddies.  He loved fishing, dancing, spending time with his family and friends but most of all he loved doing things for others.  He never knew a stranger. 

Friends may call on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.  Memorial services will be on Saturday, April 21, 2021 at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie at 12:00 pm.  The family requested that masks be worn if you haven't been vaccinated.  Memorials are suggested to  Gillespie - Benld Area Ambulance Service, HSHS Hospice or The Honors Flight. 

Anyone wishing to send an online condolence may do so at Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Kravanya Funeral Home

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