OBITUARY

Jeremy John Morgan

September 1, 1974March 9, 2019
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On March 9, 2019 at 3:09 in the afternoon, Jeremy John Morgan, a lifelong resident of Chatham, IL passed away peacefully at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, after open heart surgery with resulting complications. He was born September 1, 1974 in Springfield, IL. When Jeremy was 10 years old, he developed Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. At age 15, he underwent his first open heart surgery. He became confined to a wheelchair and adjusted well to his limitations, making the most of his life. As a result of his medical condition, Jeremy became a spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network in his teens. Jeremy received a bachelor’s degree in biology and then a master’s degree in IT from the University of Illinois Springfield, graduating with honors. He served 20 years at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in the Department of Innovation and Technology. Jeremy was recognized for his development of IT programs for Illinois Waste Management. He was named employee of the year by the EPA. Jeremy had many interests including Music, Astronomy, History, Sciences and Technology, and Sports, especially his beloved Chicago Cubs and Bears. He accomplished his greatest dream of driving, which he enjoyed every day for the past 9 years, especially the road trips he shared with his wife Mia. Jeremy became the first par athlete to compete with his good friend John Nelson in the Stoneman Sprint Triathlon held July 30, 2011 in Springfield. He valued and cherished this accomplishment forever. Jeremy and Mia were married July 8, 2017 and were members of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Chatham. He is survived by his wife and soulmate, Mia Sandra Morgan, who gave him great joy for the past 20 months of his life, as well as the 3 years they communicated by messenger. He is also survived by his parents, Susan Morgan and Lee Morgan, two sisters; Amy Morgan (Matt) Rubin and Alissa Morgan Wheeler, his beloved nephew, Asher Hudson Wheeler, two nieces; Audrey and Anya Rubin, his extended family and a host of friends and co-workers. A prayer service will be held Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm at Bisch Funeral Home West 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd., Springfield, IL. A memorial visitation will follow until 7:00 pm. A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 am Friday, March 22, 2019 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church 700 E. Spruce St. Chatham, IL with Fr. John Nolan, celebrant. Inurnment will follow in Chatham Memorial Cemetery. Those who wish may direct memorial contributions in Jeremy’s name to the Arthritis Foundation 205 North Michigan Avenue Suite 2530 Chicago, IL 60601 or the Animal Protection League 1001 Taintor Rd. Springfield, IL 62702. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhome.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family. Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West 217-544-5424

  • FAMILY

  • Susan Morgan, Mother
  • Lee Morgan, Father
  • Mia Sandra Morgan, Wife
  • Amy Morgan (Matt) Rubin, Sister
  • Alissa Morgan Wheeler, Sister
  • Also surviving are his nephew, Asher Hudson Wheeler, two nieces; Audrey and Anya Rubin. There are several aunts, uncles and cousins.
  • DONATIONS

  • Arthritis Association
  • Animal Protective League

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Memorial Mass Friday, March 22, 2019
REMEMBERING

Jeremy John Morgan

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Rosemary Kennedy

March 22, 2019

I wish to extend my sympathy to Jeremy's family and friends. Jeremy was in my fifth grade classroom, and he was a bright, motivated, entertaining young man. His smile was infectious, ever-present, and heart-warming. Jeremy was a model student, full of curiosity and determination; he maintained his zest for life and learning, even when he wasn't feeling well. I remember his wit and fun sense of humor. It was my sincere pleasure knowing Jeremy. I see that he became an accomplished adult, positively affecting those who had the privilege of interacting with him, just as I had expected. Rest in peace, Jeremy, knowing that you impacted many lives on your too-brief journey through this life. May your family and friends relish the memories you created.

Joe Konczyk

March 21, 2019

I will miss you my friend, I have truly appreciated the 20+ years that I had spent with you, and our friends, at the IEPA. I have fond memories of conversations about work, science, philosophy, politics, photography, and sports. As big Chicago fans, we have had some good years, some not so good years, and a few great years. I am so glad that we were able to share in the three Blackhawk Stanley Cup Championship seasons and of course the Cubs’ 2016 WS win! I remember taking you to Champaign the year that the Bears were playing there. We went to the first game of the season where the Bears beat the Vikings and it was at least 102 degrees on the field. At some point during the game you decided it was time to give the surrounding crowd the gun-show so off came the shirt. By the end of the game we were half-baked and sunburned as well. It was always like that with you…you were always fun to be around as you could make others relax and laugh. To all your family, I am so sorry for your loss, but please know that we were all richer for knowing him. RIP my friend.

Joe Robeen

March 21, 2019

I worked with Jeremy over 20 years at the IEPA, much of that time in the same room. Jeremy was like my work brother. We collaborated, we cajoled, we snarked. We had plans and chapters yet unwritten. I learned a lot from him in our time tackling the business together. I will always remember his indomitable spirit. I am going to miss the back and forth conversations with him, especially those when he knew he was wrong but still argued that he was right. To Jeremy's family, I am so sorry for this loss. For Jeremy, 'May the stars guide you, traveler.'

Cheri Pearce(Trostle)

March 20, 2019

Tim and I send our Love and Prayers to all. I’m so sorry, but I celebrate His Living. I know wasn’t around all the time, but when I was he had that huge loving smile! So full of life and stories about what he was doing or something new on the horizon! That is how I’ll always remember Him! GOD Bless and touch you all!

Stuart Batty

March 20, 2019

My heartfelt condolences to Jeremy's family. He made every day a little brighter with his sharp wit and humor. We miss him terribly but remember him fondly. On the day this photo was taken he was demonstrating his displeasure with the conference room temperature. Classic.

Tara Norris

March 20, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Jeremy and for your loss. Offering my deepest sympathy and condolences to family and friends during this difficult time.

Ann Davis

March 20, 2019

Jeremy was such a inspiration. He had a smile that would light up the room. I remember him coming by my office at the University of Illinois Springfield when he was taking classes. I always enjoyed seeing him. He was a great person (even though he is a Chicago Cubs fan I will let it slide ;-) )

Timothy Mabe

March 20, 2019

So sorry to hear sad news of Jeremy. Worked with him at Epa (water compliance) for several years and also his sister Alissa. My condolences to his family.

Joe Goodner

March 19, 2019

I'm very saddened by Jeremy's passing. My daughter Anna Goodner Doyle was his classmate and friend in Glenwood schools in Chatham. Jeremy was a former colleague of mine at Illinois EPA, and a friend. He was a great guy and a true professional in his career. Many great memories. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. RIP Jeremy. You deserve it.

Amy Pletsch

March 19, 2019

I send my deepest sympathies for your loss. Jeremy was such and amazing guy. My years of fond memories of Jeremy go all the way back to jr. high. From hanging out in the jr. high chorus room to studying for Mr. Lanning's biology tests, Jeremy was always sharper than a whip, both in his studies and with his wit and great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.

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Biography

On March 9, 2019 at 3:09 in the afternoon, Jeremy John Morgan, a lifelong resident of Chatham, IL passed away peacefully at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, after open heart surgery with resulting complications.
He was born September 1, 1974 in Springfield, IL. When Jeremy was 10 years old, he developed Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. At age 15, he underwent his first open heart surgery. He became confined to a wheelchair and adjusted well to his limitations, making the most of his life. As a result of his medical condition, Jeremy became a spokesperson for the Children’s Miracle Network in his teens.
Jeremy received a bachelor’s degree in biology and then a master’s degree in IT from the University of Illinois Springfield, graduating with honors. He served 20 years at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in the Department of Innovation and Technology. Jeremy was recognized for his development of IT programs for Illinois Waste Management. He was named employee of the year by the EPA.
Jeremy had many interests including Music, Astronomy, History, Sciences and Technology, and Sports, especially his beloved Chicago Cubs and Bears. He accomplished his greatest dream of driving, which he enjoyed every day for the past 9 years, especially the road trips he shared with his wife Mia. Jeremy became the first par athlete to compete with his good friend John Nelson in the Stoneman Sprint Triathlon held July 30, 2011 in Springfield. He valued and cherished this accomplishment forever. Jeremy and Mia were married July 8, 2017 and were members of St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Chatham.
He is survived by his wife and soulmate, Mia Sandra Morgan, who gave him great joy for the past 20 months of his life, as well as the 3 years they communicated by messenger. He is also survived by his parents, Susan Morgan and Lee Morgan, two sisters; Amy Morgan (Matt) Rubin and Alissa Morgan Wheeler, his beloved nephew, Asher Hudson Wheeler, two nieces; Audrey and Anya Rubin, his extended family and a host of friends and co-workers.
A prayer service will be held Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm at Bisch Funeral Home West 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd., Springfield, IL. A memorial visitation will follow until 7:00 pm. A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 am Friday, March 22, 2019 at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church 700 E. Spruce St. Chatham, IL with Fr. John Nolan, celebrant. Inurnment will follow in Chatham Memorial Cemetery.
Those who wish may direct memorial contributions in Jeremy’s name to the Arthritis Foundation 205 North Michigan Avenue Suite 2530 Chicago, IL 60601 or the Animal Protection League 1001 Taintor Rd. Springfield, IL 62702.
Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhome.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.
Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West 217-544-5424