George Morse, 87

George Morse, age 87, of Sturgis, passed away on March 21, 2011, at home with his family at his side.

He was born Sept. 22, 1923, in Grand Rapids, a son of the late William and Leona (Keech) Morse.

George lived most of his life in Grand Rapids, coming to Sturgis in 1992. On July 18, 1942, he married Thelma Ducavas in Grand Rapids.

He was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943-1945 under the command of George Patton.

After the military, he began his working career as a roofer for Simmons Roofing Co., then went on to work as an auto mechanic for both Steegman Olsie Buick and Goethals Automotive. Later he began to work in construction for Bridges Home Improvement where he continued until he and his wife became managers of Lake Forest Apartment Complex in Grand Rapids, and remained there until he retired at age 70.

He also served his community for 25 years as a volunteer fireman for the Plainfield Township Fire Department, earning a rank of captain.

He enjoyed helping his son on the farm, fishing, hunting and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 68 years, Thelma; a son, George E. (Diane) Morse of Sturgis; two grandchildren, Kevin (Michelle) Morse of Lake Orion, Kristi (David) Smith of Battle Creek; two great-grandsons, Gavin Morse and Nicholas Smith; a sister, Mae Baker of Kentwood; a brother, Robert (Mary) Morse of Ellenton, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Maudine Larson; and a brother, William Cyr.

According to his wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 11 a.m. April 2 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1108 E. Lafayette St., Sturgis, with Pastor Paul Stern officiating.

Chapel visitation and graveside services will be held at a later date to be announced in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Grand Rapids.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Hospice of Sturgis, P.O. Box 126, Sturgis, MI 49091.

His obituary is also at, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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