Joseph M. Morganti, of Louisville, passed away on July 19, 2014. His parents, Philomena (Phyllis) Miller and stepfather Lt. Cmdr. James Miller of Boston, Mass., predecease him.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mrs. Ruth Edwards “Petie” Morganti; sons, Michael (Gigi) Morganti, Stanwood, Wash.; and Marc (Karen) Morganti, Frankfort; one grandson, Dr. Josh (Mary) Morganti; and two great-grandsons, Aiden and Collin, of Richmond, Calif.
A retired lieutenant colonel in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and a decorated combat veteran of WWII and the Korean War, Col. Morganti was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart medal. He was deployed twice to the Korean conflict in 1947 and 1950. He served as post engineer at Shape Headquarters in Paris, France from 1953-57. He was assigned as post engineer at the Port of Whittier, Alaska, from 1960-1961, and he retired from Fort Dix, N.J., in 1961. As a civilian he was in construction in Coral Gables, Fla., during 1961-1966. He was appointed as executive director of housing and urban development between the city of Atlanta, Ga., and Louisville from 1971-1975.
No services are scheduled. Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., at a later date. Memorial gifts can be made to Disabled Veterans of America or Paralyzed Veterans of America.