V. Jack Morris, 90, Independence, Kansas passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Graveside memorial services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Independence. Friends may register from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 with the family receiving guests from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the chapel. Memorials may be made to V.F.W post 1186 and may be left with the chapel.
Jack was born February 29, 1928 in Independence, Kansas to James Albert and Eva Belle (Haines) Morris. He attended and graduated from Independence High School in 1946. Following High School Jack enlisted in the United States Navy serving on the East Coast of the United States, Panama, Cuba, and Puerto Rico form 1946-1948. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Jack was employed by Fram Corporation from 1948-1950. This is where he met his future wife Alberta May Duft. The couple married March 6, 1949 in Neodesha, Kansas and made their home in Independence, Kansas. Following their marriage Jack was employed by Sinclair Pipe Line Corporation from 1950-1965. In 1965 Jack became employed by Standard Oil Company as an Agent in 1976, and retired in May 1989.
Jack was very patriotic and proud of his service to our country and showed his patriotism one last time by passing on Independence Day. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Alberta M. Morris and one brother Don Morris. Survivors include one son, J. Michael ( Paula) Morris, Wichita, Kansas; one daughter Becky L. McDiarmid, Independence, Kansas; one brother, Bill ( Betty) Morris, Independence, Kansas, and three sisters, Nadine Farlow, Independence, Kansas, Mina ( Delmar) Watts, Independence, Kansas, and Janette ( Sherwood) Bryan; Houston, Texas, Three grandsons, Ryan C. McDiarmid, Brian A. Hight, Justin S. ( Andie) McDiarmid, all of Independence, Kansas, two granddaughters, Jobi ( Ron) Pierce, Overland Park, Kansas, Bradi (Bruce) Yaggie, Breckenridge, Minnesota. To leave a special message for the family please visit www.webbrodrickfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Webb & Rodrick Chapel and Crematory.
Jack was a great neighbor to my parents Everett and Berneice Middleton for many years on Brookside Drive. We also shared some aviation moments when he drove out to the Independence Airport to give me a ride to Mom's late one night after I had flown a small Cessna up from Houston.
James MiddletonThe Woodlands, TX
To the family,
So sorry to hear of Jack's passing. I always enjoyed visiting with Jack when ever our paths crossed. He was always upbeat and a joy to visit with. We always laughed a lot during those times. Sorry to have to miss his services as I'll be out of the country on a mission trip. Blessings on the family at this time.
Ernest LoganbillIndependence, KS
Mike & Paula, We are sorry for your loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to you.
Mike & Angela Vetter
Angela VetterWichita, KS
I have such fond memories of my Great Uncle Jack. He was always such a sweet man, and he will be greatly missed.
Jody JohnsonLoxley, AL