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Major Morris Looney

February 18, 1917 — August 30, 2011

Morris G. Looney, Maj, USA (Ret)

18 February 1917 - August 30, 2011

Morris Grant Looney, 94, died August 30, 2011. He was born in Moulton, Lawrence County, Alabama, the son of Morris Loyd and Laura Geneva (Woods) Looney. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, brother Quenten Sheridan, and beloved grandson, Creighton James Scheuchenzuber.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Margaret "Marge" Mary (Hu), four daughters, Evelynn U. Putnam (William C), Charleston, SC; Theresa K. Ng (Chung M.), Shanghai, China; Kathleen M. Smith (Alan L.) and Marilynn P. Scheuchenzuber (Louis J.), both of Lewisburg; sister, Lorene Looney Campbell, Tuscumbia, AL, brother, Jack N., Cabool, MO; grandchildren Kirill Geoffrey Putnam, Louis Grant and Gregory Sheridan Scheuchenzuber, Brady, Kaialani, and Katrina Ng and Daniel Wayne Closson; four great-grandchildren, Leo and Sloane Putnam and Daylon and MaKenzie Closson.

He enlisted in the US Army January 2, 1937 at Fort McClellan, Alabama as a member of a non-mechanized infantry unit. Stationed at Fort Shafter on December 7, 1941 during the attack at Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii he went on to serve in the Korean War. Among the medals he earned for his service are the Bronze Star, Asiatic Pacific Theater Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and United Nations Service Medal. He enjoyed the opportunity to travel his career afforded him. He served with the Army Corps of Engineers in Tripoli, Libya and Camp Darby, Italy. He was an advisor to the Iranian Gendarmerie in Teheran, Iran. After his honorable discharge with the rank of Major in 1967 he joined the US Department of State Agency for International Development, serving as a military police advisor in South Vietnam. He was severely wounded during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, returning to duty after a long recovery. In the early 1970s he helped establish an illegal drug interdiction program in Vientiane, Laos. After his retirement from government service the family relocated to Lewisburg where he farmed and raised goats for more than 20 years.

Morris was active in the Pineapple Military Police Association and the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A member of the VFW, the NRA, the Lions Club and a 32 Mason, he also was a fan of Western films, Louis L'Amour novels, German shepherds, and mules. He will be missed by his family and friends.

Visitation will be at Bills-McGaugh Funeral Home on Thursday, September 1 from 4-7 p.m. with a service at 7 p.m. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. In lieu of flowers any memorial can be made to the Marshall County Memorial Library Foundation, PO Box 1201 or the Marshall County Child Development Center Foundation, 1600 Old Columbia Road, both in Lewisburg, Tennessee 37091.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Village Manor, where he enjoyed their care, conversation and patient assistance, and Dr. Kanthi Narra and his employees for their help and guidance.
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