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William F. Morris passes away at age 98

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William (Bill) F. Morris, a long time resident of Chesterton, Indiana, and Bonners Ferry, Idaho passed away peacefully on September 10, 2018, at the age of 98 following a short illness.

Born to James Paul Morris and Jeannette (Horton) Morris at Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, November 5, 1919, he spent his childhood and early adulthood in Alliance, Ohio, where he attended Mount Union College attaining a BA in English Literature.

In 1943 Bill entered the Army Air Corps where he trained to fly the Republic P-47 fighter and also qualified to copilot the Douglas C-47 transport.

Leaving the army in 1946 Bill married Charlotte Fay Wood at Augsburg Lutheran Church, in Chesterton, Indiana, on June 6, 1946. He became an English teacher in the Gary School City from 1946 to 1977 where he was loved by his students, many of whom remained friends into adulthood. He was also active in the Gary Schools teachers union.

In 1964 William was awarded a John Hay Fellowship scholarship for excellence in his field, and spent the 64/65 school year studying his chosen field at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Bill and Fay remained living in the Chesterton area in the ‘red brick house’ at the Bailly Homestead until 1957, and then moved to the ‘Fable House’ on Hjelm Road, Chesterton, where with infinite patience, love, and good humor they allowed an entire neighborhood of kids to congregate and grow into young adults.

Having traveled repeatedly to the Rocky Mountain West for vacations, in 1977 Bill retired and they moved to the northern Idaho area where they remained doing what they loved and making a new world of friends.

William is survived by his wife, Charlotte Fay (Wood) Morris, his four children, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial will be planned at a later date.


Posted 10/17/2018




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