Born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on May 02, 1923
Died on Oct 03, 2010 and resided in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
George Morrell, age 87, of 2109 Brookfield Court Sheboygan died Sunday October 3, 2010 at Sheboygan Progressive Care Center from complications of Parkinson's disease. George was born May 2, 1923 in St. Anthony, North Dakota to the late Ambrose and Regina (Magilke) Morrell. George married the former Eleanore Bilek in Chicago on March 2, 1946; she preceded him in death on August 13, 1986. George then married the former Elaine (Lutz) Timm on June 2, 1990 at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church. George worked as a mechanic for the Chicago Transit Authority for years retiring in 1987. He moved to Sheboygan and then worked as a janitor part time for Honold-LaPage. George proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars and the Naval Unit Citation for duty at Okinawa. George was a Life Member of the VFW Post #9156 and the Tin Can Sailors.
George was in C-Bees Reserve from 1949 to 1953. He was enlisted into the Navy, attended boot camp and service school at Great Lakes, IL. He first served aboard the U.S.S. Hamul, was transferred to Orange, TX to await a destroyer being built. He served aboard the newly commissioned U.S.S. Wickes DD 578 from 1943 to 1945. He served 6 months in the Atlantic Ocean and remainder of the time in the Pacific Theater and Aleutian Islands, Philippine Invasion and 4 months as Picket Ship in Okinawa. The U.S.S. Wickes was decommissioned shortly thereafter.
George enjoyed woodworking, gardening and was very family oriented. He returned to North Dakota annually and attended annual reunions of the USS Wickes crew members. George enjoyed the friendship of many people.
George's life read like a novel, from riding the rails as a teen to becoming an 87 year oldster with a smile that would light up the surroundings. He was generous to a fault.
Survivors include his wife Elaine, children Suzanne (Michael) Sliwski of Chicago, Dennis (Margaret) Morrell of Sheboygan, step-son Robert (Kim) Timm of Grapevine, TX, grandchildren Timothy Morrell (fiancé Kelly Russell) of Minneapolis, Patrick Morrell of Milwaukee, Michael (Chris) Sliwski and great grandchild Taylor Sliwski of Wilmington, IL, sister Catherine Schwahn of Bismarck, North Dakota, Matt Morrell of Bismarck North Dakota, sister-in-law Regina Morrell of Mandan, ND, and many nieces and nephews.
George was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Eleanore, sisters Pauline Boehm, Frances Finck, Anna Cardwell, an infant brother Jackie, brother John Morrell, brother-in-law Adam Schwahn and a nephew Terry Morrell.
Family and friends may call at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, 1444 S. 11th Street Sheboygan on Friday from 9-11:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Richard Cerpich officiating. Military honors will be accorded by VFW Post #9156 immediately following mass. George will be buried with his first wife Eleanore in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, North Dakota.
The family would like to extend a thank you to care givers Gail and Heather, his nurses and palliative care givers especially Christie and Sarah of St. Nicholas Hospital. Also a special thanks to the nurses, aids and for the administrative help at Sheboygan Progressive Care Center; your help was much appreciated during this most difficult time. A heartfelt thank you to George and Elaine's neighbors for their continued support.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in George's name.
The Novak-Ramm-Ziegler Funeral Home is assisting George's family.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.novakrammziegler.com
Visitation: Friday Oct 8, 2010, 9:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church
Visitation: Friday Oct 8, 2010, 11:30 A.M. at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church
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