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Jesse Morgan, 95, of 3263 Nesbit Street passed away the morning of January 3, 2017 at UPMC Jameson Hospital.
Jesse was born February 12, 1921 in New Castle. He was the son of the late Vincenzo and Ginny Genova Morga. He was married to the late Helen L. Davis. She preceded him in death in 1993. They spent 45 years together. Jesse was of the Roman Catholic faith. Mr. Morgan was a graduate of Mount Jackson High School, class of 1939.
Following graduation, Mr. Morgan enlisted in the United States Army on September 19, 1942 in New Cumberland, Pa. Jesse earned the rank of Master Sergeant and served with the Detachment 3070th Ordnance Service Company. He was qualified as a marksman with a rifle. Jesse served during the campaigns in the Aleutian Islands. Mr. Morgan received many decorations and citations; among them, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with a bronze star, the Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. Mr. Morgan was Honorably Discharged on December 13, 1945. Later in life, at the age of 80, Mr. Morgan returned to the Pacific Islands to locate and destroy deteriorating live bombs, and all types of ammunitions. After his service to his Country, he continued his education at Youngstown College earning his bachelors degree in 1952. Jesse retired as a chemical analyst after 42 years of service at former Bessemer Cement Company. He was a life member of both the VFW Post 267 and American Legion Post 638 in Bessemer.
Jesse donated his time as a Scout Master in Bessemer for five years. He enjoyed carving wooden duck and decoys of all types, making wooden long bows and arrows, and trapping. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in Maine, Florida, and Alabama. Jesse loved big game hunting on horseback in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Alaska. He was a tennis instructor in the county.
Mr. Morgan is survived by his daughter, Mary Kay (David) Wareham of New Wilmington, PA; and two grandchildren, Marina M. Wareham of New Wilmington, and David E. Wareham of North Canton, OH.
In addition to his parents and wife Helen, he was preceded in death by his brother Sir Robert Morgan; his daughter, April E. Morgan; and two sisters, Dorothy Reed and Elizabeth Bader.
Following his wishes there will be no calling hours.
A private Blessing Service will be celebrated on Friday, January 6, 2017 at the Noga Funeral Home. The Rev. William P. Siple, Parochial Vicar of St. Vitus Parish will officiate. Interment will be in Oak Park Cemetery. . The New Castle Area Honor Guard will conduct full Military Honors in the funeral home.