Born February 9, 1943, in Newport, Ark., Morris was the son of Delphine and Bill Nance of Portageville, Mo.
He was a member of Hayti First Baptist Church and a graduate of Hayti High School in the class of 1962. He joined the U.S. Air Force on June 20, 1962, and he left for Vietnam on September 17, 1965.
Chief Master Sergeant Waller was assigned to the 311th Air Command Squadron stationed at Da Nang Air Base, Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
He was the crew chief on an Air Force C-123 Fairchild Provider making a supply mission flying out of Khe Sanh, South Vietnam, en route to Dong Ha, Republic of Vietnam, when his plane went down.
When the aircraft did not arrive in Dong Ha, he was listed as Missing in Action on Feb. 3, 1966, and carried at that status until Jan. 9, 1978, when he was then listed as killed in action.
The remains of the crew was located at Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, and CMSGT Waller was positively identified in June, 2004.
He leaves the following survivors: mother and father, Delphine and Bill Nance of Portageville, Mo.; one sister, Diane Nance Buescher of Jackson, Mo.; two brothers, Billy Max Nance Jr. of New Madrid, Mo. and Gary Mark Nance of Davidson, Mich.; three nephews, Chris and Travis Nance and Ben Buescher and a host of other relatives and many, many friends.
Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 1, 2004, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the John W. German Funeral Home in Hayti, Mo.
Graveside Full Military Rites will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004 at 2 p.m. at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo.
He will be buried in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo., 38 years after the C-123 he was on went down.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Bloomfield Assistance League of the Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Inc., 17357 Stars and Stripes Way, Bloomfield, Mo. 63825.
John W. German Funeral Home of Hayti, Mo. is in charge of arrangements.