Claude T. "Jack" Morrison, 76, of Kiantone, peacefully slipped away to take his turn guarding the pearly gates in the early morning of January 23, 2014, while fighting like a tough Marine in his battle with cancer.
He was born December 7, 1937 in Fredonia, New York, the sons of Ellis T. Morrison and Elsie Cobb Morrison Taylor. He married the love of his life, Joan Boucher, on August 27, 1960, and recently celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.
He attended Fredonia schools, and proudly served his country as a United States Marine in Okinawa, Japan, and the Philippines from January 1955 to January 1963. He continued his military service as a First Lieutenant in the Marine Corps League and with the New York State Army National Guard.
He was employed over the years by Great Lakes Carbon, Aldrich Dairy, and Blackstone Corporation.
He was a very loving husband, father, "Peeka", uncle, and friend who always had a soft spot for his grand kids and his dog Kelsey. He continued to show his pride in the Marine Corps throughout his life and was a diehard Buffalo Bills Fan who got quite used to saying "there's always next year".
Surviving are his wife, Joan; three daughters: Denise (Chris) Snyder-Norberg of Jamestown, Diane (Todd) Marzalen of Erie, Pa., and Pamela (Dan) Johnson of Pittsfield, Pa.; seven grandchildren: Matthew Snyder of Jamestown, Aaron Snyder of Buffalo, N.Y., Kerilynn Snyder of Jamestown, Collin, Erik, Adam, and Bryant Marzalen of Erie, Pa.; a sister, Gladys "Dee" (Raymond) Ogden of Dunkirk, N.Y.; a step sister, Ethel Ratcliff of Wimauma, Fla.; a sister in law, Ingrid Morrison of Brocton, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews; his best friend, Jack Lindquist of Jamestown; and his pup, Kelsey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and by a brother, Ellis Morton.
The funeral was at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 in Powers, Present & Sixbey Funeral Home, followed by a military service. Burial was in Sunset Hill Cemetery.
The family received friends from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, and for one hour prior to the funeral service Sunday in the funeral home. To send a message to the family, or to light a candle in memory, visit www.presentsixbeyfuneral.com.
Memorials in Claude's name may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 301 Grant St., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15219, or on line at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Semper Fi, you will be missed and always loved.