David Wayne Morris, of Kettle Falls went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 16, 2011, at the age of 86. Wayne passed into glory peacefully at home with his family at his side. Wayne was born on April 30, 1925 at Breckenridge, Texas.
Wayne was born to William and Mamie Morris and lived with his brothers and sister; William, Ernest, Eva, and Thomas in Texas. Wayne attended school in Chapel, Texas until the 5th grade. When he was in the 5th grade, Wayne had to go to work to help support the family. During WWII Wayne served first at sea with the Merchant Marines, later joining the United States Marine Corp in 1945 and served in the occupation forces of the Mariana Islands. His duty following Japan's surrender was with a special guard unit responsible for the security of high-ranking Japanese military officers charged with war crimes. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corp October 22, 1946. Upon receiving his Honorable Discharge, he also was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. Wayne also served a year in the air force during the Korean War and then was in the Reserves for two years. Wayne was very proud of his service in the Marine Corp.
Wayne graduated from barber school in 1947 in Texas. He received his GED in Oregon in March of 1950. In November of 1946 Wayne married Betty Jo Thomas and their first daughter, Rebecca Sue was born in May of 1953. Their second daughter, Cynthia Elaine was born in March of 1957. After 26 years of marriage, Wayne and Betty Jo parted. In January, 1974 Wayne married Vicki Ilo Harmon and lovingly accepted three new children into his life - Paul Ivin, Carla Sue and IloAnn. Wayne worked in Sacramento, CA for Aerojet-General Corporation as an inspector of the second-stage of the minuteman rocket. With a 5th grade education and his GED Wayne went on to have a successful career for the Bureau of Reclamation at the dam in Grand Coulee. In December of 1981, Wayne retired from the Bureau of Reclamation and moved to Bridgeport, WA where he started a Baptist church as a licensed minister. During his retirement he also enjoyed traveling and moving to various locations around the Pacific Northwest.
Wayne loved the Lord, enjoyed reading the Bible and he led many people to Christ. He also enjoyed time outdoors fishing and boating. Wayne was a talented woodworker whose handiwork will be treasured by family for years to come. He loved spending time with his family, and will be missed.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Vicki Morris; his children Rebecca Satter, Cindy Wright and her husband Steve, Paul Harmon and his wife Gerrie, Carla Stamper and Ilo Habel; his brother Thomas Morris; 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and five nephews.
The funeral service for Wayne will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 24 at the Danekas Funeral Chapel in Colville. The graveside with military honors will follow at Meyers Falls Cemetery in Kettle Falls. A reception will follow both services at the Kettle Falls American Legion. Memorial contributions may be given to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201. Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com . The Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Colville is entrusted with arrangements.
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