Dale Eldon Morse

A Masonic Service for Dale Eldon Morse was held 7:00 p.m. June 27 at Hastings Funeral Home in Jefferson with Mr. Frank Coulter presiding. Funeral service was 2:00 p.m. June 28, at the Rippey United Methodist Church. Rev. Paul Burrow provided words of comfort.

Honorary bearers were all Dale’s many friends. Casket bearers were Michael Borgeson, Robert Borgeson, Alan Borgeson, Dennis Ulrich, Lyle R. Heater and Ned Johnston. Marjorie Vannatta and Kevin Blanshan were the musicians. The hymns chosen were He Touched Me and In The Garden. Congregational music was #707 Hymn Of Promise. Recorded music was When I Get Where I’m Going by Brad Paisley. Sharon Ulrich did a reading. Larry Meinecke and Roger Norgren were the ushers. The Army Honor Guard did the flag presentation. Eric Blanshan, Kelsey Blanshan, Ben Ostendorf, Michaela Ostendorf and Madelyn Ostendorf were the cemetery escorts. Dale’s favorite treat of ice cream and cookies was served after the service. Interment took place in the Rippey Cemetery.

Dale Eldon Morse son of Arthur Wilson “Harvey” Morse and Della Clare McClatchey was born February 20, 1928 in Elma and died June 20, 2014 at the Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson at the age of 86, with his wife and daughters at his side.  

When Dale was two weeks old he and his family moved by train to a farm outside of Rippey. Dale attended school in Rippey and graduated in 1945 from Rippey High School. Aside from his time in the military, Rippey had always been his home. Dale entered the Army in January of 1951. He spent nine months in Korea then was returned to stateside after completing his tour and was honorably discharged. On December 12, 1957 Dale and Virgene Lea Cannon were united in marriage in Reverend Toole’s home in Perry. Dale and Virgene were blessed with three daughters, Delores, Dalene and Diane. They lost Dalene in a car accident at the age of 17, on March 14, 1980. Dale was a grain and livestock farmer and custom baled hay. He also sold seed corn and baby chicks for some time. Dale loved his family more than anything. He also enjoyed visiting and traveling with friends as well as bus trips after retirement. Dale was an active member of the Rippey United Methodist Church, a 50 year Mason, a 40 year member of the Rippey Lions Club and the American Legion Kinkead Martin Post 583. He had also served nine years on the East Greene School Board and was on the Board of Directors at Farmers Mutual Insurance.

Dale is survived by and will be lovingly remembered by his wife Virgene Morse; his two daughters, Delores (Kevin) Blanshan of Waterloo and Diane (Terry) Ostendorf of Madrid; sisters Margaret Folkmer of Ellicott, MD, Evelyn Leidig of Groton, NY and Shirley (Richard) Rasmussen of Lone Rock, WI; his brother Lyle (Harriet) Morse of Des Moines; five grandchildren; Eric Blanshan of Boulder, CO, Kelsey Blanshan of Waterloo, Ben Ostendorf of Madrid, Michaela Ostendorf of Madrid and Madelyn Ostendorf of Madrid.

Memorials in his name can be sent to Hastings Funeral Home, in Jefferson. www.hastingsfh.com.

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