OBITUARY

James Vernon Morsch

October 21, 1927May 25, 2019

After a wonderful 91 years, J.V. Morsch, has passed on to his eternal home. His decline was sudden and unexpected, but his family is thankful that he didn’t linger and suffer.

J.V. was a pastor in the Church of the Nazarene, and began his ministry in an era in which the denomination emphasized evangelism. Anybody who knew JV had no doubt that he was an evangelist, leading many thousands of people into a vital walk with Jesus Christ. But the family saw something else in J.V.- that made a profound impact all—-his compassion for the “least of these.” People were more than members, numbers, donors, or other metrics to measure, but people to love. His lifelong example of reaching out to people in both spiritual and physical need has had an incredible influence on his loving family.

When we think of JV, We think of Matthew 5:35: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” That was J. V. Morsch.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Morsch; parents, Vernon and Ruby Morsch; sisters, Maxine Rorem, Pauline Walling, and Diane Muffler, and grandson, Chase Vernon Morsch.

J.V. is survived by his wife of 16 years, Nancy Morsch; children Gary (Vickie) Morsch, Rebecca Morsch, Mark Morsch, Lori (Finley) Knowles, James Kyle Morsch, Lori Lawler, and Jamie Cannon; 16 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Centerpointe Community Church of the Nazarene, 9580 Curry Road, Orlando, FL 32825.

Funeral services will be held at 10 am on Friday, May 31, 2019 at the church. Entombment with military honors will follow at 12:30 at Woodlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Woodlawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Gotha.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be made to the JV Morsch Center for Social Justice at Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, TN 37210 or to the Heart to Heart International (https://www.hearttoheart.org)

Share your memories and send condolences to the family at www.woodlawnfuneralhomegotha.com

As Jesus said, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”. Well done, Dad!

  • FAMILY

  • James is preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Morsch; parents, Vernon and Ruby Morsch; sisters, Maxine Rorem, Pauline Walling, and Diane Muffler, and grandson, Chase Vernon Morsch.

    J.V. is survived by his wife of 16 years, Nancy Morsch; children Gary (Vickie) Morsch, Rebecca Morsch, Mark Morsch, Lori (Finley) Knowles, James Kyle Morsch, Lori Lawler, and Jamie Cannon; 16 grandchildren, and 18 great grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, May 31, 2019
  • Graveside Service with Military Honors Friday, May 31, 2019

Memories

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Larry Snyder

May 29, 2019

Dr. J. V. Morsch entered into the lives of the Snyder family as DS of the Central Florida District. He and Pat took an interest in the lives of a young pastor and his family. His love and kindness has extended down through the years. H was an example of Holiness Evangelism as he witnessed to a server during a meal with a young pastor of the Lealman congregation and his family.

Fonda Mears

May 29, 2019

Garland and I are so sorry for your loss. There is quite a celebration in heaven with the lives he has touched. Such a caring man who never met a stranger. We will all miss him.

Alice Wagner (Miller)

May 28, 2019

Dr. J. V. was a giant among men! No one his equal!
He always made everyone feel that he/she was the most important person in the world! Always positive, always inspiring, always caring!
It was an honor for him to be the Best Man at our wedding!
A Prince in Zion!

Arlene and Al Swain

May 28, 2019

May God bless you, Nancy. from Al and Arlene (Shannon) Swain .

Judy and Frank Beeler

May 28, 2019

We have so many fond memories of J.V. Perhaps one of my favorites was as we were traveling to Texas for Christmas, we had stopped at a motel for the evening. We turned on the TV and were just catching the end of a Johnny Cash show when Johnny said, "I want to dedicate this last song of the evening to my good friend J.V. Morsch." The song was "Just a Closer Walk With Thee." J.V. could relate to senators, governors, CEO's as well as someone with a 7th grade education. He was a prince of a fellow and will be very much missed. You are certainly in our thoughts and prayers.

Butch Sutton

May 27, 2019

Our family first came to know JV when I was about 10 years of age. He came calling on our family and invited us to church and we were hooked. He had that affect on you. I have so many fond memories of JV and the entire Morsch family. He and Gary spoke at our church in Forsyth, Missouri while they were visiting Branson just before Pat died. He came to the Bible College in Colorado Springs when I was attending there and would purposely seek me out and we would go get coffee. He was one of the greatest men of God that I will ever know. His heart was bigger than the universe. JV, you are going to be missed here on earth but I know everyone is laughing in Heaven from you humor. I am so proud to have known you and thank you for visiting our family and making a difference in my life. I love you.

Debbi Kiddy

May 27, 2019

First, I want to offer my condolences to all the family, especially to Mark, as I had the pleasure of attending Trevecca with Mark. My fondest memory Of Dr. Morsch was when Mark invited me over to their home in Windermere. Even though I was acquainted with Dr. and Mrs. Morsch from growing up in Pompano Beach Nazarene church and Dr. Morsch was our District Superintendent, being in their home was a real treat! Friendly smiles, warm hugs and laughter reigned! What an example of Christian love and hospitality! Heaven is surly celebrating the homecoming of a humble,loving and passionate servant of our precious Lord!

Mindi McKenna

May 27, 2019

I met JV on a 1999 Heart to Heart trip to deliver medicines and provide medical education in Uzbekistan (with a detour to help earthquake victims in Istanbul, Turkey). He was delightful! Funny. Loving. Generous. Humble. Engaging. Yep, it’s obviously a family trait. I was blessed to see JV again several times over the years. He remained a true role model for what it means to live life as Christ calls us to live. Thanks, JV, for the memories.

J. Paul Turner

May 27, 2019

I thank God for the privilege of having worked for Jim as his youth pastor. He taught me how best to love people. He was the best mentor I ever had and God knew I needed one at that time in my life. No one likes to lose their Daddy, but to the family, "you'll see him again", and what a celebration that will be! I am praying for you; for comfort, good memories, thankful hearts and blessed assurance. Jim had his lamp trimmed, a mandate for all of us!

Terry and Linda Clarkson

May 27, 2019

I am so thankful for the Christian example JV Morsch set for his family, and especially for his granddaughter, Amy Clarkson, who became our daughter-in-law. JV was pastor at Lakeview Park while we were students at Bethany. Little did we know then what our connection would be in the future. Thank you for your life of service.
Terry and Linda Clarkson

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