Theodore James "Ted" Morris
1925 - 2020
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THEODORE JAMES MORRIS
November 3, 1925 ˜ October 28, 2020

Ted Morris was surrounded by his loving family as he peacefully passed away on Oct. 28, 2020, just a week shy of his 95th birthday. Born of immigrant parents, Ted used to say that he was “made in Greece and born in America.”
Ted was a true “Papermaker.” He made Camas, WA, his lifelong home and spent his career working at Crown Zellerbach paper mill, retiring in 1992 from the technical department. He also owned and managed the Glamour Room in downtown Camas.
Ted graduated from Camas High School in 1944 and then went on to join the Navy. He served in the Pacific during World War II and was witness to the raising of the American flag at Mount Serabachi on Iwo Jima. Ted also served in the Air Force; he was stationed in Japan where he made regular flights to Korea; and earned the Korean Service Medal and the UN Service Medal.
While attending WSU in Pullman in 1946, Ted married his high school sweetheart, Maxinne McGill. They shared 59 years of marriage and together raised their three children, Cres, Candy and Jim.
Ted believed in serving and greatly impacted his community by giving back with his time and talents. He proudly served on the Camas School Board for 24 years and played a key role in developing the Sister City program with Hosoe and Hamamatsu, Japan. He also helped launch and support the Community Concert Series for the entire run of that organization.
Ted was a member of the Lions Club, Camas-Washougal Historical Society, the Greek Orthodox Church, 49ers RV club, Fern Prairie Modelers, and provided leadership in Little League and Boy Scouts.
Ted is survived by his three children, Cresoula (Bill) Leszczynski, Candace Michener and Demetrious (Lindsey) Morris; sisters, Helen Varkados (Portland) and Alex Soldano (Seattle); six grandchildren; and many great-and great-great-grandchildren. His service, dedication, work ethic, and devotion to family is the legacy that lives on in the four generations he left behind.
A family service was held Nov. 4, 2020, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Portland, followed by internment at Camas Cemetery.
The family is ever grateful to the staffs of Columbia Ridge and PeaceHealth Hospice for the care, love, and support given to Ted and his family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to PeaceHealth Hospice or a charity of your choice.
To sign the online guest book or send condolences, please go to www.straubsfuneralhome.com or share a memory @ www.columbian.com/obits.


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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 8, 2020.
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November 19, 2020
It was on the mourn
That I saw a ship a sailing
The sea was calm
The winds were fair
Ted was young
And he was at the rail
With shipmates once again.---rs
Roger B. Sheetz, USN
November 12, 2020
I will never forget the many kindnesses extended to me by Ted and Maxinne. They have been and will continue to be a big part of my life.
Sincerely,
Shannon Shaffer
Shannon Shaffer
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November 8, 2020
I'm sorry to just hear about Ted's passing. I was the adviser for MHM midweek ski bus for 36 years. Ted & Maxine rode the bus for many years! They were wonderful inspiration to us all. They were so much like family, hearing all the stories of their life and advise to us. I did learned a lot about life, love, exploring different aspect of our world we live in and the different ways to look or approach our /others ways.
A little story about one of our ski trips: I took my daughter (just graduated from college) on a ski trip to Whitefish, Montana, She didn't want to go with all those OLD people? Well she loved talking to your parents and talked about all the fun she had for a long time. My daughter is going to 51 in Jan, 2021. I know one of Teds son came on the ski bus a few times.
My Sympathy goes out to you all, with the wonderful memories that we shared together.
Lorena Horton
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