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John Morris

John W. Morris

Saturday, October 14th, 1939 - Monday, August 17th, 2020
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John W. Morris, 80, Mosinee, passed away on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born Oct. 14, 1939, in Knowlton, the son of the late Donald and Anna (Cincera) Morris. He married Susan Josiger on Oct. 22, 1960, at St. James Catholic Church, Wausau. She survives.
John graduated from Mosinee High School, class of 1957, where he was a member of the FFA. After high school, John enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea from 1957-1959. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 8280, Peplin, WI, where he served as Commander. After the Military, John retuned to Wisconsin where he worked for Badger Breeder in Denmark from 1961-1964. John returned to Mosinee in 1964, beginning a 38-year long career at the Mosinee Papermill, retiring in 2001. In addition to working in the paper mill, John operated a dairy farm in Knowlton. He grew the family farm to a 100-cow herd prior to retirement in 2005.
John had a passion for farming, gardening, Polka music, Fox News, and traveling the US and abroad with his wife, Susan. He was also a licensed auctioneer and enjoyed being a Ring Man at Wisconsin Valley Fair for many years while watching his children and grandchildren exhibit their market animals.
In his free time, you would see John and Susan taking a ride to visit with his many friends at local establishments.
Survivors include his four children, Robin (Kathy) Morris, Mosinee, Tammy (Seth) Fochs, Mosinee, Michelle (Kevin) Loken, Appleton, and Wanda (Kory) Pecha, Mosinee; nine grandchildren, Jacob, Amber (Michael), Austin, Anna, Jack, Sam, Adam, Julia and Allison; one great grandson, on the way; and two siblings, Frank (Marge) Morris and James (Sandy) Morris, all of Mosinee. He was preceded in death by one brother, Lovell Morris, and four sisters, Evelyn Harvonek, Dorothy Lane, Mary Jane Machak and Donna VanderWaal.
A public visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020, at Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee, and again from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 at the funeral home.
A private family service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Knowlton. The burial will be held at the Knowlton Cemetery following the service and all public is welcome. A luncheon will be held at the Lake Dubay Lion’s Club following the burial.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Sharon Stake, Jane Ziemanski, DNP, and Ascension Hospice.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Beste Funeral Home
    611 3rd St.
    MOSINEE, WI 54455
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am
    Beste Funeral Home
    611 3rd St.
    MOSINEE, WI 54455
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  • Interment

    St. Francis Cemetery
    651 Mead Ln
    Knowlton, WI 54455
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A private family service will be held at 10:30 a.m. The burial will be held in Knowlton Cemetery following the service and all public is welcome.


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Joan Elchlepp

Posted at 12:32pm
Sincere condolences to John's family and all Morris relatives. He was a fine man with a good family. Best wishes to all.
John and Joan Elchlepp
Cross Plains, WI

Leroy Borth

Posted at 12:00pm
Sent with love and remembrance of a 4 year high school friend.
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Dawn Wood

Posted at 10:50pm
Sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking with John at the fair. He will be missed! I’m keeping the Morris family in my thoughts and prayers.
I hope the concertina is played at his funeral.

Lori Stieber

Posted at 06:42pm
I’m so sorry to hear of John’s passing, I had a good time dancing polka’s with him at Hunters and seeing him around the area. Prayers to your family🙏🏻

Jeffrey Schinker

Posted at 04:52pm
I have so many memories- bailing hay in the summers, Morris Farms championship softball teams! Johnny was a great man who raised wonderful kids who became amazing adults... Proud to have known him and thankful for my friend Robin! Cherish the memories he made an impact on my life and that of my family. Jeff Schinker

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