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John Paul Morris

September 27, 1963April 22, 2021
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John Morris of Lansing, Michigan went home to rest in the loving arms of Jesus on April 22, 2021. He was a truly beloved husband, father, brother, son, colleague, and friend. He was born on September 27, 1963, in Lansing where he spent his whole life. In his 57 years, he lived and loved well, devoting himself to his family, church, friends, and work. After graduating from Eastern High School, John attended and earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. He remained a committed Spartan and passed his love for the green and white on to his family. John began his career at Accent Leasing where he learned the finance business. His career continued when he joined Dart Bank as a commercial loan officer where he worked for over 16 years. John found his calling at Dart Bank. His caring, kind, and compassionate customer service made him a beloved staple in the Lansing business community. Many of his customers became life-long friends. Though his educational and career accomplishments were numerous, his true passion was his family. John loved being a father and he devoted his life to guiding, supporting, and shaping his children into who they are today. As many have shared, his face beamed with pride when discussing any of his four children and their accomplishments. John’s family was built on the strong foundation of his marriage to his beloved wife Jane. They lived, loved, and raised a family together for 23 years, never forgetting to take time to spend together and feed their marital bond. Their last getaway to the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island at a Celebrate Your Marriage conference in June will always be a special memory for Jane. John’s deep commitment to family was illustrated when he and Jane completed the adoption of their youngest child just over 2 years ago. The couple took Jordan in as a foster child from birth and fell in love with him almost immediately. John was a staunch supporter of parochial school education serving on many boards and councils of the schools his children attended. He was committed to providing a parochial school education for all of his children and made countless sacrifices to ensure that happened. John was preceded in death by his Father David and his mother Mara Morris. Surviving is his beloved wife, Jane; 4 children, Jordan (4), Abigail (17), Audrey (19), and Alexander (Megan) Morris (31) all of Lansing; Brother, Dave (Martha) of Las Vegas; Sister, Denise (John) Snow of Seattle; and Brother, Dan Morris of Lansing. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM Friday, April 30, 2021, at St. Gerard Catholic Church, 4437 W. Willow Highway, Lansing, MI 48917. The Rite of Committal will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 2 PM - 4 PM and 6 PM - 8 PM Thursday, April 29 at Gorsline-Runciman’s Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing, MI 48917. There will be a reception following services from 1 to 4 PM at the English Inn, Eaton Rapids. The service will be available to be viewed Live https://www.facebook.com/pg/TiffanyFuneral/videos/?ref=page_internal. Condolences and memories can be shared on John's page at www.tiffanyfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given at or sent to the family at Tiffany Funeral Home for a college and parochial school education fund for his children and made payable to Jane Morris. John Morris, c/o Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw St., Lansing, MI 48917

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

  • Livestream Funeral Mass

    Friday, April 30, 2021

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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, April 30, 2021

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Lisa Stafford

May 5, 2021

To John’s wife Jane and their 4 precious children.
I’m so deeply saddened to learn about John’s passing. John was a great man who had a big heart. I took care of the book’s for Frankie D’s for so many years. I enjoyed the time I spent with him, while dropping off the Corporate Taxes yearly. I always asked him about the pictures that adorned his shelves in his office. That always made John smile. He had so much undeniable love for his family. A great man who is gone, far too soon. He will be sorely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing or meeting John.
Rest In Peace John. God’s Blessings to all of your loved one’s.

Kelly Hopkins

April 30, 2021

My condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of John. I started at the bank just recently and unfortunately never got the chance to meet John before he passed. I have heard wonderful things about him and wish I would have had the chance to get to know him as well.

Nancy Campbell

April 30, 2021

I never had the pleasure of meeting John, but I always noticed the big smile he had when he walked into the church. It was obvious that he was so happy to be in the presence of the Lord with his family beside him . May God bless you.

Jeanette Patterson

April 29, 2021

I first met John at Holy Cross Church. We served on the Finance Committee together. John was always so patient, kind and willing to help me understand the budget:) I truly admired John's spiritual nature and his unselfish personality. Rest in Heaven John.

David Mendel

April 29, 2021

First, I want to say how devastating this news is. John and I grew up together and I considered him my best friend in High School, but due to my career as a U.S. Navy sailor and ultimately settling in Seattle, we have not been as close for many years now. John was god father to one of my children. My most cherished memories of him were from our times growing up in High School and playing basketball. We lived for the sport, used to shovel snow off the courts and play all year around. We played together, with all our other friends, for Plymouth Church in the City Church League. I called Mara "mom" and always felt part of his family. I took photos at Denise's wedding to John (not great pictures though) and was also close to Dan too. John was known to me and others as "Moe" and our many mutual friends called him that too. He was also in my wedding as one of my groomsman, something that was very important to both of us. I will never forget John or his wonderful smile. He was always happy despite anything else going on in his life, which was not always easy. I will cherish my memories of him and I hope Jane and the rest of the family will accept my offer of condolences. RIP John, you will be missed.

Jeanne and Turney Gratz

April 29, 2021

We are sad to learn of John’s passing. He was an active member of Holy Cross Parish and school up until its closing. John was a man of great faith. He always had a smile and will truly be missed.

Jeanne and Turney Gratz

Rob Clancy

April 27, 2021

A Man of Great Faith, Integrity and Intelligence! Gone too soon but I'm happy that he is in the arms of Our Lord and Savior!

Rest Well Dear FRIEND!

Gregg Kopkau

April 27, 2021

Very saddened to hear of the passing my friend. John was my best friend from first grade through high school. We were inseparable and I don’t have a childhood memory that doesn’t involve him. I always stayed at his house after school and Saturday mornings. I had the chance to reconnect with him at a Spartan game a couple years back and it was like no time had passed. Sympathies to his family. He was a good person.

Michelle Hart

April 27, 2021

I first met John at St. Gerard's festival. He was dealing black jack and I was winning!

We've had the pleasure of running into John and Jane at several church and school events with our kids. John was always a joy to talk with and was so supportive of him family.

May you be comforted by the Lord's loving embrace. We will be praying for your family.

Love & Peace,

Fred, Michelle, David & Andrew Hart

Minh Tran

April 27, 2021

John was as good as they come. I'm so thankful we spoke a few months ago. You will definitely be missed my friend.

Love,
Minh, MaryAnn, Emmy, Evan, Austin & Aaron

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Biography

John Morris of Lansing, Michigan went home to rest in the loving arms of Jesus on April 22, 2021. He was a truly beloved husband, father, brother, son, colleague, and friend. He was born on September 27, 1963, in Lansing where he spent his whole life. In his 57 years, he lived and loved well, devoting himself to his family, church, friends, and work.
After graduating from Eastern High School, John attended and earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. He remained a committed Spartan and passed his love for the green and white on to his family.
John began his career at Accent Leasing where he learned the finance business. His career continued when he joined Dart Bank as a commercial loan officer where he worked for over 16 years. John found his calling at Dart Bank. His caring, kind, and compassionate customer service made him a beloved staple in the Lansing business community. Many of his customers became life-long friends.
Though his educational and career accomplishments were numerous, his true passion was his family. John loved being a father and he devoted his life to guiding, supporting, and shaping his children into who they are today. As many have shared, his face beamed with pride when discussing any of his four children and their accomplishments. John’s family was built on the strong foundation of his marriage to his beloved wife Jane. They lived, loved, and raised a family together for 23 years, never forgetting to take time to spend together and feed their marital bond. Their last getaway to the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island at a Celebrate Your Marriage conference in June will always be a special memory for Jane. John’s deep commitment to family was illustrated when he and Jane completed the adoption of their youngest child just over 2 years ago. The couple took Jordan in as a foster child from birth and fell in love with him almost immediately.
John was a staunch supporter of parochial school education serving on many boards and councils of the schools his children attended. He was committed to providing a parochial school education for all of his children and made countless sacrifices to ensure that happened.