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Obituary: Joe Morrison, Columbus

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Streamside Drive

Joe Thomas Morrison, 86, of Streamside Drive, Columbus, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2013 at Miller’s Merry Manor.

Joe was born to John W. and Clara (Wooten) Morrison March 19, 1927, in Harrison County, Indiana.

He lived much of his life in New Albany, Indiana, and the surrounding areas, plus Crothersville and Columbus, Indiana.

Joe joined the Army in 1945 and was stationed in Germany. While in the Army, Joe trained as a radio technician, keeping all radios, transmitters and receivers adjusted and in working order. With this training and love of radio technology, Joe then started his own TV and radio repair business when he was discharged.

He loved using his hands and mind to “fiddle with” things, always creating something from nothing and making it work or cultivating his garden and watching it grow. He planted, picked, and canned much of his own food, including the best “Grandpa green beans” ever.

On May 8, 1966, Joe married Helen Durham of Pekin, Indiana, who gardened and canned alongside him until her death in 2008.

Joe was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters. He is survived by a seventh sibling, Fay (Richard) Lanz of Springfield, Ohio, and numerous nieces and nephews. Also remaining are his stepdaughter, Maxine (Jerry) Littrell of Columbus; grandchildren, Megan (Ben) Watson of Zionsville, Shanan Adkins of Indianapolis, and Brett (Amanda) Adkins of Noblesville. He is also survived by a niece, Sheila Kowalski (Harold Hix) of Chicago; and nephew, Michael (Debbie) Durham of Corydon, whom he regarded as his own.

As long-standing members of Crothersville VFW Post 1083, Joe and Helen kept his military background alive. They honored their country, appreciated that heritage, and enjoyed the company of other veterans and their families.

Joe was also a member of St. Bartholomew Parish in Columbus, Indiana. He found great comfort in the visits and services he received through his church.

Father Steve Schaftlein will conduct funeral services at 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at Adams Funeral Home & Crematory in Crothersville, with a private burial to follow at Daisy Hill Cemetery in Pekin, with the Crothersville VFW Post #1083 conducting Military Honors.

Viewing is from 11:30 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, Columbus, or Crothersville VFW Post 1083 c/o Adams Funeral Home & Crematory, 110 E. Howard St., Crothersville, IN 47229. He will be greatly missed.

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