Melvin Morris

May 24, 1923 – March 2, 2007

Melvin Morris, 83, of Junction City, died March 2, 2007 of vascular disease. He was born May 24, 1923 to Aaron and Clara (Lewis) Morris at their home in Sweet Home.

Mr. Morris was the direct descendant of the pioneer Lowell Ames and Alvin Perry Morris families who scouted and traveled via covered wagons to settle the area and found Sweet Home. He entered the Navy during World War II and honorably served as a gunner’s mate aboard the USS Dewey. After the war he returned to Sweet Home and married his wife, Helen Elaine Hufford.

They farmed in Prineville, started a business in Burns and after settling in West Eugene worked for McCracken Brothers Freights for more than 35 years. He excelled at hunting, fishing, gardening, camping and boating but was poor at predicting the weather. His wife and family always came first. Dedicated, loyal, hard working, optimistic, honest and fair, he was always in service to others.

He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Helen of Junction City; sons, Alan of Bend, Gale of Blue River; daughter, Marilyn of Eugene; brother, Grover of Post Falls, Idaho; five grandchildren and two great granddaughters.

Mr. Morris was preceded in death by his parents, Aaron and Clara, his brother Forest and his sister Juanita Miner.

Viewing will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.