John L. Morrison

September 20, 1929 ‒ August 15, 2016

Fredericktown, Ohio

John L. Morrison, age 86, of Fredericktown, Ohio passed away on Monday, August 15, 2016 at the Kobacker House in Columbus, Ohio. He was born on September 20, 1929 in Mount Vernon, Ohio the son of W. Daily and Bessie (Kaufman) Morrison. John served in the United States Army during the Korean War and retired from D H Bowman and Sons in Bellville.

John enjoyed outdoor activities such as walking, hiking, camping and mushroom hunting. Since his days of serving in the Army to weekends at the Friendly House in Mansfield, John was an accomplished boxer. He volunteered as a little league coach for his children and he was an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Reds. John was a member of the South Vernon United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth (Murvine) Morrison, his children, Jill (Gary) Banbury of Bellville, Jackie (Robert) Seavolt of Howard, Jon (Nicole Carpenter) Morrison of Fredericktown and Toby Morrison of Fredericktown, seven grandchildren, Anson McQuigg, Nick (Ashley) Banbury, Devin, Jesse and Alyssa Seavolt, Codi and Montana Morrison, two great grandchildren, Payton Ziemski and Rory Banbury, a brother, Roger (Barb) Morrison of Fredericktown and a sister, Janet Connell of Mount Vernon.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert Morrison, Dave Morrison, Forest Morrison, Kenneth Morrison and sisters, Marvel Lepley, Jean Williams and Helen Day.

Friends may call on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the South Vernon United Methodist Church, 142 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050 where a funeral service will begin at 7:15 p.m. with Rev. Lee Cubie officiating. A military service provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will begin at 7 p.m. The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of John L. Morrison.

Memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to the Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43214.

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  • Ruth,Jill, Jackie, Jon and Toby and family…Harry and I are so, so sorry for your loss…John was such a great guy and a great uncle.. always smiling.. he always made you feel good to see him.. we will miss him so much , and want you all to know you have our deepest sympathy and undying love..Max and Harry

  • Ruth, Jill, Jackie, Jon and Toby,

    You have our deepest sympathies. I know he will be missed. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Love to you all, Walt and Robin

  • Sorry for your loss and deepest sympathies. Uncle Johnny has left me with some wonderful memories as I was growing up and I will cherish them forever .

  • Words cannot describe how my hearts break for your family I know from losing my father and son that it’s a void that never gets filled until the day we all meet again I have good memories of Uncle John at Christmas parties when we were young always remember that when our loved ones become memories our memories become treasures as a dear friend told me your in my prayers Connie and Greg and Family

  • our sincere sympathy to the family for your loss, memories of Uncle Johnny will always be in our hearts, he will be remembered for his smile and always made you glad to be around him. Be strong Aunt Ruth, see you soon.

  • So so sorry to lose such a wonderful loving man. I always looked forward to seeing everyone at our family Christmas parties and Uncle Johnny always gave the best hugs! This year has been filled with so much sadness with the loss of so many family members but I could only imagine what a joyous time Uncle Johnny is having right now seeing all his brothers and sisters and his Mom and Dad. The loss is great for us but he walks again with no pain! God bless you all and let all the wonderful memories give you strength. Thinking of you all! Much love, Bob and Deb Shelhorn

  • I am so sorry about John, I will miss alot. I talked to him all the time. Thinking of the family. You have our Deepest Sympathy!

  • Jackie and family, Know you are in our thoughts and pray God gives you strength as you prepare to say your final goodbye to your Dad. This is just so sad for you and your family and our hearts are with you. So sorry and our deepest sympathy❤️ Peggy and Jack Wolfe

  • Dear Jackie and family so sorry for loss of your dad. Remembering our days at the store and your dad’s smile. You are in my prayers. Susan

  • Remembering John as a smiling man. Ray Micheal and I had a lot of fun with you(Ruth) and John . My prayers are with you and yours……………

  • Aunt Ruth, Jill, Jackie, Jon, and Toby, We were so sorry to hear about Uncle Johnny. He was always so happy and had that big smile. I’m sure he has that big smile now as he is reuniting with everyone in Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Sincerest condolences to you Jill and your family.
    May you find heart felt peace with your memories of your daddy.

  • Gary, Jill, Ruth, Jackie and family,
    So sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful man and he will be missed greatly. He is free from pain now and I’m sure he’s enjoying all his reunions in heaven. Hang on to all the wonderful memories. Dad and Mom always shared so many wonderful memories of John and Ruth. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Teresa (Bowman) and Bill Mahoney

  • I will never forget his positive attitude when Johnny and I played Little League baseball together. He was always such a nice man and I never forgot him.

  • May all the great memories you have of John give you strength each day ! You And your family are in my thoughts and prayers !

  • Aunt Ruth & family, what a wonderful man uncle Johnny was. I always loved being around him and he was always smiling and laughing. He reminded me of dad so much. It doesn’t seem possible he’s gone. You’re all in my every thought and prayer. Love you all and am thinking about you and will continue to prayer for you all.

  • So sorry for your loss .John was a very special person, when JR. was in college(in KY) he made sure to stop and took him to several dinners. We were grateful JR had other visitors beside us.
    When John was walking he always had a smile and would wave. Many times different family members would stop and talk for a brief time.
    Rest In Peace John and know you are missed by many.

  • Your family has such a special spot in my heart. You really were like my second family for so long. I smile when I think of John and all the memories. I only ever saw him happy and I think that was because he loved you all so much. What a great Dad and Grandfather. I feel blessed to have known him and my heart is breaking for your loss. I love you guys! Tricia

  • So sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a great guy. We enjoyed many good times together when we were kids. You are in my prayers.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful neighbor and I will miss seeing him taking daily walks along Shipley Rd. He always had a happy smile and friendly wave for everyone driving by. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers daily.

    Karen Miller

  • Aunt Ruth,Jill, Jackie, Jon and Toby and family, so sorry to hear about uncle Johnny. I have many fond memories when he came to our farm when I was a teenager. Was my favorite uncle. Bought a ’52 ford from him when I was in high school. Ruth and kids you are in our prayers during this difficult time. Will never forget the memories I have of uncle Johnny.

  • Aunt Ruth,Jill, Jackie, Jon and Toby and family, so sorry to hear about uncle Johnny. I have many fond memories when he came to our farm helping with daily chores went Dad worked long hours. He would come to farm during hay making time helping put the hay in the loft. He was always able to out work me and I tried had to live up to his standard. Will always remember Uncle Johnny as a mentor.

    My love will be with you and your family during this time of healing and need.