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Obituary: John Richard Morris, Franklin

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way Saturday, May 31, 2014, in Franklin. He was a resident of Franklin and formerly of New Whiteland and Indianapolis.

John’s family originally came from Luxembourg.

His grandfather, John E. Morris, was a well-known doctor in Indianapolis, and that is who Morris Street in Indianapolis is named after. John’s mother’s family were wonderful carpenters, and they are responsible for the beautiful woodworking seen in the Indianapolis Scottish Rite Cathedral and other landmarks in the city from that same era.

John was the only child of Marvin R. and Marie (Thoman) Morris.

His father was a vice president with American Fletcher National Bank in Indianapolis. John followed in his father’s footsteps in banking, after getting some college experience, he later worked as an insurance adjuster. He started his own construction company with his sons’ assistance for many years. They gained valuable experience under his leadership and became well-versed handymen themselves. John was very proud of his sons and their accomplishments.

During his early college years, John was a state-ranked roller skating dancer, who won many tournaments with his partner.

He loved coffee and talking with friends. John could talk for hours about his escapades, or politics or world policy and his own ideas about life. He was fiercely private, very proud and independent. He had a soft spot for animals, especially his cats.

Survivors include his two children, Judi Greene of St. Louis and Joseph (Becky) Morris of The Colony, Dallas, Texas; and six grandchildren, Stacia Soysal, Sarah Greene, Samantha Greene, Alex Greene, Jason Morris and Abby Morris; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Jay Morris.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Jessen Funeral Home, Whiteland Chapel, 729 N. U.S. 31 North with visitation from 2 p.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Youngs Creek Cemetery near Franklin.

Information: 535-6880; jessenfuneralhome.com.

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