James M. Morgan, 67

September 17, 1954 - April 20, 2022

James M. Morgan, 67, passed away at his East Hempfield Township home on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. He shared 34 years of marriage with his wife, Sarah, “Sally” J. (Willner) Morgan. Born in Denver, CO, Jim was the son of the late James W. and Mary (Heit) Morgan.

Jim was an active pilot from the age of 17. Jim served in the US Air Force for 22 years obtaining the rank of LT. Colonel. He graduated from and was an instructor at the test pilot school at Edwards Air Force Base in Kern County, CA. Jim also served as Squadron Commander at Edwards AFB. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his master’s degree in Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL. Following his retirement from the Air Force, Jim flew for Southwest Airlines for 22 years until his retirement at age 65.

Jim was a parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church, where he sang in the Men’s Schola, and was known as the potluck dinner man. He was Past Grand Knight of Knights at Edward’s AFB as well as a member of the St. Leo’s Council. Jim devoted much of his time to promoting the World Exposition of Eucharistic Miracles display. He also attended Nativity of The Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Reading.

A very dedicated husband and father, Jim homeschooled his five children. He saw everything as a learning opportunity and fostered a love of learning in his kids. He took his family on many trips.

Jim was quite the aviation enthusiast, and he enjoyed playing the classical guitar. He encouraged his children in various musical endeavors.

Jim is survived by his wife, Sally, and their five children, LTJG James J. Morgan, husband of Lina (Heinrichs) of Halethorpe, MD, Kelly E., wife of Nathaniel P. Menendez of Allentown, PA, Patrick P. Morgan, husband of Josephine (Ostrowski) of Lancaster, PA, Jeana M. Morgan, fiancée of Thomas R. Anderson of Front Royal, VA, and Elizabeth A. Morgan, and, fiancée John R. Alderliesten of Lancaster, PA; six grandchildren, Benedict, Joan, Matthew, Damian, Veronica, and Bridget; his stepmother Charla Connor of University Place, WA; and his sister Carol, wife of Cliff Pearson of Houston, TX, and brother Col. Philip Morgan, husband of Sara of Dayton, OH. Jim was preceded in death by his grandchild Nicholas Menendez.

A Latin Mass of Christian Burial will take place 11 AM Wednesday, April 27, 2022, with The Rev. Pang J.S. Tcheou as Celebrant, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 440 St. Joseph Street, Lancaster, PA 17603. Viewings will be held from 4 to 6 PM Tuesday, April 26th at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543, and from 10 to 11 AM on Wednesday at the church. The Rosary will be prayed on Tuesday at 5:30 PM at the funeral home. Interment with Military Honors will be in St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery, Charles Road Lancaster, PA 17603.

Memorial contributions may be made to Knights of Columbus Council #6810, with a memo for the World Exposition of Eucharistic Miracles fund, at 2427 Marietta Avenue Lancaster, PA 17601.

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Condolences to the Family

September 12, 2022

Dear Sally,
The Valley High School graduating class of 1972 were shocked and saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. We remember him fondly and were so proud of all of his successful ventures before and after graduation. Please accept our most sincere condolences.

July 31, 2022

May his soul Rest in Eternal Peace  Tukamushaba Benjamin

May 22, 2022

Sally, I just heard of Jim’s passing. I was honored to have played classical guitar at your wedding so many years ago. I am very sorry for your loss, and my prayers and sympathy go to your family at this difficult time. Jim was truly a great guy, and I appreciate the friendship and support he showed me so long ago. – David Brandon

April 30, 2022

Dear Sally and family,
Please accept my condolences for Jim’s passing. May he Rest in Peace and rise in glory. 
Linda Bruce

April 29, 2022

I am so sorry for your loss.  He was a great man.  I will miss talking withhim about flyingand airplanes.

April 28, 2022

Sally, I am so so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He is a terrific guy, I say is, you will see him again one day. I am sorry for the big void he leaves behind in your life and of your family. May our Lord comfort you in your grief.
With love and care,
Edwin (Dutt) Read

April 27, 2022

Jim will be missed for his kind, neighborly ways. I met Jim & Sally regularly walking our dogs in the neighborhood and it was always nice to catch up for a minute. Our yards are next to each other and if there were any issues, trees, storms, flooding, etc., Jim would keep us updated, “just wanted you to know.” Prayers to you and your family. May your memories warm your heart and keep Jim close. 

April 27, 2022

Dear Sally,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my prayers.
Meg Crnkovich

April 26, 2022

Dear Sally and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. May happy memories bring you comfort. 🌹 Silvia

April 26, 2022

Please accept our condolences for your loss. We are fellow members of St Joseph’s and though we didn’t know Jim, we wanted you to know we are praying for the repose of his soul. May God comfort you at this difficult time. 

April 25, 2022

Sally, I am so sorry for your loss.  Warm hugs of comfort to you and your family.

April 25, 2022

So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.  He was truly a very nice man!  When we saw him at Austin’s wedding, he  greeted us so warmly, it really made my day!
Joan and Roger Asso

April 24, 2022

We lost a great man! Jim was truly a dedicated Catholic who was always involved. He was one of the first to arrive and last to leave on our Sunday masses. He was a chior member and even took time to place all of the missal books back into the shelf when everyone else had left. He was a great champion of the PreBorn and advocated against the horrors of legalized abortion, he was a family man, a Catholic man, a Knight of Columbus and all around kind caring approachable friend.  Our sincere condolences to his family.  We will miss him and remember him at the altar of the Lord.

April 23, 2022

My prayers are with the Morgan family is this difficult time. As a colleague and friend of Jeana Morgan, I am convinced that James was a great father and husband who raised his children well. I pray that he is resting in God now. 
Lisa C.

April 23, 2022

Jim was a beloved neighbor to us and we were so sad to know that he passed.  He helped us build our swingset that we happily shared with his grandchildren when it was finished.  The building of the swingset and the frequent visits to our yard from their dog, Nelson, gave us a chance to get to know Jim and Sally and their lovely family.  Their daughter even got engaged in our grove of trees in our front yard.  We admire Jim and his family and feel he has left us all too soon.  We are praying for this very special and strong family during this time. 

April 23, 2022

As a Brother Knight of Columbus with Jim, I was always impressed with his knowledge and activisim in the Right to Life programs. Jim was also responsible for introducing our council to the Eurchartist Miracles of the World display. This presentation became his ministry in securing funds for the purchase, promoting and scheduling presentations throughout the diocese which were viewed by thousands over the years.
My prayers and sympathy are with the family. Jim was truly a special person and he will be missed.

April 22, 2022

So sad to hear Jim’s passing.  Only met him a couple of times but already could tell what a special and loving man he was.  Our prayers are with the family.

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