Mr. Jack Morgan, 85, of Elkhart, passed away peacefully within the comfort of his Elkhart home with his wife at his side on Monday, June 7, 2021 at 10:40 am following an extended illness. He was born in Indianapolis on July 20, 1935 to the late Euin K. and Bertie May (Grant) Morgan, and is survived at home by his beloved wife, Colleen (Seymore) Morgan.
Also surviving is a son, R. “David” Morgan of Elkhart and a daughter, Lisa (Tracy Schidler) Morgan, also of Elkhart; grandsons Shane Morgan and Jadan Hines; favorite nieces Tammy and Theresa Morgan, a former spouse and close friend Cindy (Tom) Hines and a host of loving extended family, friends, in-laws and outlaws! His brothers Bert, Jim, Paul and Robert all preceded him in death.
In accordance with Jack’s wishes, no immediate or local services have been scheduled and he is to be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, 1977 SR 135, Greenwood, Indiana on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 3:00 pm during a graveside service with USMC Military Funeral Honors there. Billings Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Elkhart have been assisting the family with arrangements.
Jack was a man who wore many hats during his lifetime…he was a student, a US Marine, a mailman, a minor league (South Bend) baseball player, an accomplished self-taught musician, worked at Indiana Power and Light for 13 years, managed a dry cleaning shop, drove local parts delivery for the RV industry and ran the Sleepy Hollow motel here in Elkhart for several years. Add to this recipe the titles of dad, husband, grandpa and friend, and you’d be describing Jack to a tea.
Among Jack’s many loves were his beautiful wife Colleen, his kids and grandkids, his furry little kitties Rosco, Snowflake, Chelsea, Bandit, Panda and Cheetah, his lovable, chubby “min-pin” Jax, listening to and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar and harmonica (and dragging his daughter, Lisa, to just about every bluegrass show he could get tickets for), bowling and cheering on his awesome Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, the Indianapolis Colts, the Chicago Cubs or the Golden State Warriors. He also had a close relationship with his Savior and was a lifelong member of the Grace Baptist Church on CR 17 North.
Finally, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention Jack’s love for down-home country cooking. His favorites (and specialties) included old-fashioned meatloaf, salmon patties fried up crisp and biscuits and gravy with a big side of taters.
Self-built, self-taught, self-made and self-reliant, Jack served as an inspiration to all who knew him for his simple ways and his reliable, can-do attitude. He was very proud of the man that the US Marines made him into and was always thankful of his God-given talents. He will be greatly missed but always greatly loved.
Memorial donations made in Jack’s name can be given to the United States Marine Corps Toys For Tots.
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