John Morales, 48, of Billings, went with his Lord and Savior on March 4, 2013, after suffering from major heart attacks. His family was by his side when he passed peacefully from this world into the next.
He was born on July 3, 1964, in Hardin, to Frances (Peña) and Lupe Morales. John spent his youth in Hysham, working hard next to his father and enjoying life as he knew best. Involved in sports and 4-H, John was a man that everyone knew and loved.
After graduating in ’82, John left Hysham and began working in Lockwood at Transbas (now Loveland Products). John was dedicated to his job and his fellow co-workers, who, over the last 31 years, became his second family. John was blessed with his first son, Ben, in ’87, and married his first wife, Jeanne Degel, in ’92. After being separated for four years, John met the love of his life, Christine Riesinger, and, on Oct. 18, 1997, they were married. John was blessed with two more sons, James and Evan, and along with his animals (mainly dogs), John had a happy and loving family. John’s top priority in life was his family.
He loved sports, helping coach his boys, going to Mustangs games, camping, BBQs, devoting time to church, classic rock, war movies and simply enjoying life with his family and friends. John had a big spot in his heart for animals, especially his boxer, Mugsey. John was also active in the Diabetes Association. He was a giver, always willing to help anyone in need, and this he did as his last gift, by giving sight through the donation of his corneas. John touched many people’s lives in many different ways. He was a survivor, living for 13 strong years after a Kidney transplant in ’99, and he never quit being strong for those around him.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Frances and Lupe Morales; his sister, Ariana and infant sister Cynthia; along with his grandparents and many aunts and uncles.
John is survived by his wife, Chris; his three sons, Ben (25), his wife Alishia and their three children Brayden, Haylee and Lainee; James (12); and Evan (9); siblings: sister Rita, brother Frank, sister Annie (Harvey), brother Nash; in-laws Carol and Ed Riesinger; brothers-in-law Jay (Ellen), and Russ (Amy); aunts, uncles, cousins, numerous nieces and nephews; and many more loved ones.
John’s family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at St. V’s ICU and ER for the care they gave John and his family, the nurses at the Dialysis Center and Dr. Kim for many years of love for John and his family, and many friends and co-workers who cared and cherished him. John will be missed and forever loved.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at Central Christian Church (off of Grand Avenue and 16th Street West). Inurnment will follow at Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park.
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