John Morley Jr.
November 30, 1921 – April 16, 2014
John Chase "Jack" Morley Jr.
November 30, 1921- April 16, 2014
Born November 30, 1921 in Sacramento to John Chase Morley SR of Iowa and Ruth White Morley of Yuba City. He was raised in Sacramento and Santa Paula, attended California Junior High & graduated from CK McClatchy High School. He studied at Sacramento Junior College before his service in the Army and returned on the GI Bill following his service in World War II. After his marriage he moved to Yuba City to raise his family before returning to Sacramento in 2005 to be near his children. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of nearly 56 years, Lila R. Varrasso and son, John Chase Morley III and is survived by his sister, Winifred Floyd of Dixon and sister-in-law, Dorothy Harden of San Luis Obispo, his children Christine Lincoln (Rick) of Rancho Cordova, Marlyn Morley of Elk Grove, Melissa Morley Powell of Sacramento, Philip Morley of San Jose, and Kevin Morley (Debra) of Elk Grove. He leaves behind 5 grandchildren, R.Scott Lincoln, Kristin Nevels (Dan), Tommy Powell (Jill), Jennifer Powell and David Morley, as well as great grandchildren: Brandon, Brooke, Erika, Daniel, Ashley, Reece, and Brooklyn. Jack served in combat as a lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne in WW II from N. Africa, Sicily, Italy through the south of France, north to the Battle of the Bulge and into Berlin. In addition, he was recalled to combat in Korea in 1951 as part of the 101st Airborne Division where he served for a year. Lila R. Varrasso danced into his life during a Sacramento College, GEK fraternity Ski Trip to Camp Sacramento in 1947. They married in July of that year and they graced the dance floor until her death in 2003.They were poetry in motion and the love of each others lives. They lit up any room they entered and never knew a stranger. Their warmth as a couple enabled them to make others a part of whatever conversation or activity in which they were engaged. Jack was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather+, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. He prized integrity above all, had a great sense of humor that made his blue eyes twinkle, loved to tease and laugh, and was hardworking man who instilled the importance of these qualities in his children through his example. His family was the most cherished center of his life. Jack support his family as a farmer while working for Nabisco uponhis return from service, and then transited to financial planning as a stock broker for Birr Wilson in 1978 until his retirement in 1998. His community activities in Yuba City included the Tierra Buena Farm Bureau, St. Isidore's Fathers Club, Little League Coach to his sons, a member of the Elks Club, Rotary, the Amici Italiani Group and the annual Prune Festival. A memorial service will be held at Nicoletti, Culjis and Herberger Funeral Home 5401 Folsom Blvd on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 10am. Refreshments will follow. Graveside services will be held at the Yuba City Cemetery on Bridge Street the following week. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rideout Memorial Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice.
- Memorial Service Friday, April 25, 2014
John Morley Jr.
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Tim and Laurie Harden
April 26, 2014
Uncle Jack always left you feeling upbeat and positive. We couldn't wait as kids to go see Uncle Jack and Aunt Lila. All of my kids know Uncle Jack, they all remember him, and we're sad to hear of his passing. I feel honored to have known him. He and Auntie Lila are celebrating now that they are together again. Thank you Uncle Jack for brightening this world with your smile, your laughter, your humor, and your positive outlook.
To the Family, Laurie and I send our condolences. I know you celebrate his passing but morn his loss. We love you all and send our prayers and blessings.
April 22, 2014
We will miss Uncle Jack so much. He really was the highlight of all his nieces and nephews lives. What a great sense of humor! Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. We love you! Maureen and Mike and family
April 22, 2014
Remembering childhood friends and Blue Birds with your mom and your dad (Always with a smile) bringing cookies! Happy memories, Valeri Strachan-Severson
April 21, 2014
My deepest condolences to all the Morley "angels". I have many fond memories of your Dad & the fun times we had at the "ranch". Sending all my love & prayers your way. Hugs, Kathy Volf
April 21, 2014
I send my deepest condolences to the friends and family. May the joyous memories bring you peace during this difficult occasion. I hope that you can draw consolation and solace from the God of all comfort (2 Cor. 1:3)