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,
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
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.