God saw the road was getting rough, the hills so hard to climb. He gently closed His precious eyes and whispered "Peace be thine." Such was the passing of James (Jody) Joseph Morris, son of James Dudley and Virginia Edith (Jennings) Morris.

Jody was born May 23, 1947 in Browning, Missouri and departed this life on February 26, 2013 at his home following a long and hard-fought battle with T-Cell Lymphoma.

Jody graduated from Meadville High School in 1965 and entered the United States Air Force Reserves in 1966 at the age of 19, serving until 1972 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

On October 27, 1968, Jody was united in marriage with Marilyn Sue Donoho in Trenton, Missouri, becoming parents to two daughters—Molly Ann and Marcy Lynn, both of Osceola, Iowa. In addition to his loving wife of 44 years, and two daughters, Jody is survived by six grandchildren who were the light of his life: Gabriel James, Cady Laurel, Jenna Lynn and Ashlyn Grace Crawford and Samuel Calvin and Jack Morris Cooley, all of Osceola, Iowa; two sons-in-law, Brian Crawford and Jim Cooley; his mother, Virginia Collins; one sister, Jennie Sue Ewing; one uncle and aunt, Bill and Crystal Morris; several nieces and nephews; and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure.

Jody was preceded in death by his father on June 7, 1975 and brother-in-law Gary Ewing on March 2, 1993.

The memory of Jody Morris, his labors and sacrifices, will remain engraved on the hearts of the entire community. At an early age, Jody joined Mt. Olive Baptist Church, and later Browning Baptist Church, serving as deacon and Sunday school superintendent. The farm he grew up on is where he spent his entire life, raising his family, cattle, pigs, soybeans and corn. Jody's passion was quail hunting with his beloved dogs and spending time with his grandchildren.

To those who knew him well, Jody's failing health was an unending sorrow. Day by day concealing as best he could, the never ceasing illness marked his days. He knew good health was not God's will, and he never complained. He met death as he met every day of his life—with unwavering faith in his Lord and Savior. When we try to measure and appraise his worth, we can sum it up by saying Jody Morris was a good, honest, hard-working man with complete faith in God and devotion to his family. He will be sorely missed.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Browning, Missouri. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Browning. Officiating will be Rev. Russell Abbott. Music will be provided by the Mennonite Youth Choir.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gabriel James Crawford, Samuel Calvin Cooley, and Jack Morris Cooley. Pallbearers will be Dr. David Ryan, Greg Ewing, Dr. Hesam Borhani, Mike McBroom, Elvin Schrock and Randy Bankus. Burial will follow in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Shafter, Missouri.

The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Mt. Olive Cemetery.

Arrangements by Ruschmeier Funeral Homes.