THREE OAKS — Jerry Ivan Morris, 75, of Three Oaks, died peacefully Sunday, February 28, 2021, in the West Woods of Bridgman. His life began July 21, 1945 in Truman, Arkansas, to Rayford and Irene Spaulding.
Shortly after he was born, his parents moved to Three Oaks, Michigan, where Jerry and his seven siblings grew up. After graduation in 1965, he joined the Army, serving as a sharpshooter in the A Company 3rd BN 37th Armor Division. He also served as an 11E20 Armor Crewman.
After serving his country, Jerry moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where he met and married Patricia Lovell and adopted her daughter, Melanie. Along with Melanie, they had three children, Keith, Barry and Kimberly.
Jerry was a long-haul truck driver for many years. He enjoyed traveling and seeing many places, but his favorite place to be was at home, watching Star Trek.
Jerry will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-two years, Patricia Morris of Three Oaks; children, Melanie (Todd) Payne of Three Oaks, Keith (Kathy Shelton) Morris of Moulton, Alabama, Barry Morris of Jacksonville, Florida, Kimberly Lambert of Decatur, Alabama; twelve grandchildren; five great grandchildren; siblings, Mike (Diane) Spaulding of Omaha, Nebraska, Connie (Dan) Cyphert of Niles, Bonnie (Howard) Herrygers of Muskegon; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Ace Papetillo; siblings, Fred Spaulding, Charlotte Burbridge, Kenny Spaulding, William “Pete” Spaulding.
Family and friends will gather for a memorial service at a later date and time, to be announced.
The family prefers contributions Jerry’s memory be made to the Randall Couchman American Legion Post #204, 204 West Linden Street, Three Oaks, Michigan 49128.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Three Oaks. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.