James D. Morgan, age 95, formerly of Coal Bank Rd., W. Salem Twp., passed away Saturday morning, January 6, 2018 in Countryside Nursing Home, Mercer. 

He was born in Bovard, PA on May 26, 1922 to Bert and Emma (Funk) Morgan.  He attended schools in Worthington, PA.  Jim served his country as a PFC in the U.S. Army during WWII and received the Purple Heart because of wounds he received while in North Africa and he also received the Bronze Star and other war related medals. 

James had been employed at the former Stegkamper Motors, and in 1960, he opened Morgan's Body Shop which he operated for twenty-two years.  He and his wife then operated a campground in Clarion County for four years after which he went to work at Pymatuning State Park, where he retired from after ten years of employment. 

He was a life time member of the Fredonia American Legion #919 and had been a past Noble Grand in the Odd-Fellows Lodge.  His hobbies included woodworking, camping, gardening and helping his family.  Jim will always be remembered for his great sense of humor. 

On November 14, 1947, he married the former Virginia Rose Burt, she survives.  Also surviving are two daughters, Debra Dooley of Killeen, TX and Diana Swartwood and her husband Ronald of Greenville; a son, James D. Morgan, Jr. and his fiance Brenda Augustine of Greenville, a grandson; Michael Dooley and five great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.



  1. Diana Wood Diana Wood
    January 8, 2018    

    You have my sympathies as you go through this difficult time. I always enjoyed talking to your dad when he came into the Clinic. I enjoyed his sense of humor. Blessings to you and your family. Gods grace will give you strength.
    Diana Burns Wood

  2. (Rev) Gordon & Joan Wilson (Rev) Gordon & Joan Wilson
    January 8, 2018    

    Virginia and Family: You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Jim was one of the great ones – part of Greatest Generation! We have fond memories of our times together. May God comfort and be with you in your loss.

  3. Anonymous Anonymous
    January 9, 2018    

    I feel like there is some poem about leaving this earthly world and being taken by God’s loving care to heaven to live with Him for eternity there…; I wish I knew it. ♡ I’ll miss Uncle Jim. ♡
    May you find comfort in God’s loving embrace,
    –Rachel (Beardsley) Fisher ♡

  4. Britt Fox Britt Fox
    January 9, 2018    

    Diana and family;
    As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life’s routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

    May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

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