Earl D. Morris

Earl D. Morris,  91, of Belleville, Illinois, born Saturday, October 16, 1920, in St. Louis, MO, died Monday, January 30, 2012 at Rosewood Care Center in Swansea, Illinois.

Earl was a retired sales representative for Chapman Ice Cream Company in St. Louis, MO. He was a member of Saint Matthew United Methodist Church Belleville Illinois, founder of "Over The Hill Breakfast Gang", V.F.W. Post #805, 50 year member of Gothic Lodge #852 AF & AM, Scottish Rite Bodies, Ainad Shrine, founder of 79th Infantry Division Reunions, past president of National Dairy Society, Master of Ceremony of the Becky Kern Senior Tap Dancers and a United States WW II Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his:
Parents: James and Helen E. nee Baldwin Morris
Sister: Arline Strauss

Surviving are his:
Wife: Virginia nee Reader Morris
Son: James Douglas Morris of Dallas, TX

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children

Visitation:  Friends may call from 11:00 am - 12:45 pm Thursday, February 2, 2012 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 12:45 pm Thursday, February 2, 2012 at the funeral home, with Rev. Larry Patton officiating  Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.

Condolences left for Earl D. Morris:

    I met Earl and his wife in the parking lot of Schnucks in west Belleville on May 24, 2010. We wound up talking for almost an hour about a variety of things, including his service in World War II and his role on Utah Beach in the D-Day landings in France. We bumped into each other again at the Post Office less than two months later, and my wife was with me and was able to meet Earl, who shared more good stories. Wonderful man. I wish I could have met him many years earlier.

    David Wilhelm Belleville Ill. 62223

    Our sympathies!

    The Applegates

    Ann and Al Applegate Fairview Heights IL 62208