LOWVILLE, NY – Earl G. Morse, 94, died early Friday morning, Sept. 27, 2019, in the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility where he had been a resident for a short time.
Born May 26, 1925, in Lowville, the son of the late Earl John and Kathryn Helena (Rector) Morse, he graduated in 1943 from Lowville Free Academy.
During World War II, 1943 to 1944, he was employed at Rochester Products Division of General Motors producing Armatures, and 1944 to 1945, in Watertown for Baglie & Soual producing 55 & 105 MM Shells. After the war Earl moved back to Lowville and went to work for, Climax Mfg., Hoch Brothers where he was a truck driver and ran a cement mixer.
He went to work for Upstate Telephone in 1948, and started as a lineman, then installation & telephone repairman, and then as a combination person. The phone Co., became Black River Telephone, he retired in 1986 from Con-Tel after 38 years of service.
He married Evelyn Drelick on April 17, 1964, in Lowville. The couple made their home in Lowville. Mrs. Morse died on Dec. 24, 2001.
A marriage to Margaret Ann Szoke ended in divorce.
He loved camping at Cold Brook Campground which he did from mid 1960s thru the 1990’s, fishing trips to Quebec, snowmobiling from the 1960s until the 1980s, traveling and tenting on several cross country adventures, and Big Game hunting trips to Montana and Wyoming.
When Earl was younger he was a hunting guide for the Rapshaw Club on Stillwater Reservoir, in the 1950s and 1960s he was a member of 5th Creek Hunting Club, and then became owner of the No Luc Lodge Hunting Club.
He is survived by his five children, his daughters, Sharon M. Smykla of Turin; Kathleen A. (Robert) Seelman of Boonville; his sons, Michael J. Morse; Alan R. (Deanna) Morse; and Patrick J. Morse all of Lowville; five granddaughters, three grandsons, five great grandsons, four great-granddaughters; a sister-in-law, Ann Morse of Alabama, and two nephews.
He was predeceased by his son, Earl J.W. “Butch” Morse, his brother, Walter M. Morse, infant brother and sister, a nephew and niece.
The funeral will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at the Sundquist Funeral Home with Rev. Mr. Ronald Gingerich, Deacon, officiating. Burial will be in Lowville Rural Cemetery. Calling hours for family and friends will be 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sundquistfh.com