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John O. Morris Jr.


VENTURA, Calif. — John Owen Morris Jr., 90, born in Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 13, 1928, passed away Wednesday, March 21, at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, Calif.

His father was a golf professional at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, Neb., and his mother was the youngest daughter of Lincoln Hoxsey, a member of a pioneering family dating back to Sandwich, Mass., in the early 1600s.

He attended Omaha Central High in Omaha and Iowa State College where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. Later, he also attended UCLA, USC, and Van Norman Law School.

After serving in the Army Chemical Corps during the Korean War as a plant engineer at Rocky Mountain Arsenal, he went on in pioneering pursuits in nuclear, electronic, and petroleum instrumentation, plus overseeing entire projects in aircraft missile and space programs in the '50s and '60s. In 1970, he changed careers to the investment and securities business, joining Schwabacher & Co., retiring in 1991 from Prudential Securities, the successor firm.

John was a member of various organizations including Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, a life senior member of IEEE, serving 11 years on the investment committee of the Masonic Grand Lodge of California. He joined Saticoy Country Club in 1981 and was also a member of various golfing organizations, including Senior Golfers of America.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 10, and his urn will be interred in the Hoxsey family area at the West Serena Cemetery, Serena. 

The major surviving family members are several generations of Hoxseys, mainly in La Salle and DeKalb Counties.

Cremation and burial rites were entrusted to Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Somonauk.

For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to

Turner-Eighner Funeral Home

13160 Route 34 West, Somonauk, IL 60552


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