Warren C. “Dutch” Morris 1947 graduation
Warren C. “Dutch” Morris

1947 graduation
VENEDOCIA, Ohio - Warren C. "Dutch" Morris, 84, of Venedocia, died at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at his home in York Township where he was born on April 2, 1928, during a big snow storm. His parents were Robert P. and Ellen (Roberts) Morris.

His wife, Alice Ann (Fawcett), survives at the residence. They were married June 17, 1956.

Other survivors include his son: Dr. Calvin (Deborah) Morris of York Township, Van Wert County, Ohio, and his children: Shannon (Matt) Graham of Columbus, Ohio, W. Evan (Rose) Morris of York Township; sister: Laura Lininger of Atlanta, Ga., and her three daughters: Christa, Mary Ellen and Jackie, and a very special nephew: Robert (Shiela) Morris of Van Wert.

He was preceded in death by a brother: Palmer Morris, a sister: Mary VanWyck, also an aunt, Rose (Roberts) Rosenwasser.

The nickname "Dutch" was given to him by a neighbor because he wore little Dutch Boy overalls that were common during that time. He thought Dutch was his name when he started school.

He farmed & lived all his life on the farm on which he was born. He was an E5 sergeant during the Korean Conflict as a demolition expert with the 630th Light Combat Engineers. They built an airstrip in North Korea. He received 2 battle stars and a R.O.K. Presidential Unit Citation. He later returned for a visit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the war.

He attended Kingsley United Methodist Church. Dutch was a York Township trustee for 28 years and a Republican Central Committeeman for many years. He was life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6772 of Spencerville and a member of the American Legion Post 178 in Van Wert. Recently, he was inducted into both the First Families of Van Wert County and the Pioneer Families of Van Wert County.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Kingsley United Methodist Church, York Township. The Rev. Tony Perry of Kingsley United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Venedocia Cemetery, Venedocia.

Calling hours are 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the church and a lunch in his honor will follow the service. His cremains will be divided between the farm he loved and later with his wife he loved at the Venedocia Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted at the church by the Spencerville V.F.W. Post 6772.

Preferred memorial is Kingsley United Methodist Church.

Arrangements were handled by Cowan & Son Funeral Home, 616 S. Washington Street, Van Wert, Ohio.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at: cowanfuneralhome.com.