John H. Morrill, 89

John H. Morrill, 89, passed away peacefully and was called home to the Lord on May 1, 2019. His life was well-lived and well-loved.

Morrill was born in 1929. After serving in the Korean War from 1950 to 1952, he was honorably discharged and became a member of the Reserves until 1953. He was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard and continued to serve his community as a firefighter for Defender Fire Department in Audubon, N.J., and Indian River Volunteer Fire Company near Millsboro, Del.

While in Audubon, Morrill worked as a diesel mechanic and instructor for 17 years. He moved to Millsboro, Del., with his wife, Joan, and their grandson, John “J.D.” Morrill, in August of 1989, becoming a substitute school teacher for the Indian River School District and for Sussex Technical High School.

Family was a pivotal essence of his life. Morrill was proud and honored to be the patriarch of his large family: a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He had been a major presence in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He loved walking and spending time with his canine companion Flicka. He had a longstanding relationship with God and was very blessed with his faith to his dying breath.

He was remembered as a gentle, loving, caring and wonderful man who left a permanent mark etched on his family’s hearts and who will be greatly missed, especially by his wife and best friend of 65 years, Joan M. Morrill.

Morrill is survived by his two children, Dave Morrill and Cheryl Luciano; grandchildren, James Morrill and his wife, Jodi Lemon, Brian Morrill and his wife, Mindy, Heather Truitt and her husband, Troy, John Morrill and his wife, Melissa Collins, Christina Bickling and her husband, Justin, Shawn Luciano and his spouse, Chris, and Eric Luciano and his wife, Megan Ferry; and 19 great-grandchildren, Allie, Kylie, Christopher, Chase, Tori, Payton, Braelyn, Avery, Colton, Carson, Eric Jr., Leighann, Alivia, Katelyn, Connor, Jaiden, Caleb, Ava and Parker.

A funeral service was to be held May 8, 2019, at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Millsboro, Del. A chapel committal service was to be held on Thursday, May 9, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Coast Guard Auxiliary Assn.; 9449 Watson Industrial Park; St. Louis, MO 63126 (online at Condolences may be sent online at