BEAVER CITY -- Dale W. Morse, 90, died Thursday (Jan. 8, 2009) at Christian Homes in Holdrege.
He was born Aug. 5, 1918, a twin to Joseph Morse and Alice Lillie (Stallsworth) Morse at Calvert, in Norton County, Kan. He attended school at the Belle Plain Township School south west of Calvert where he graduated from the eighth grade.
He was inducted into the U.S. Army on Jan. 28, 1941, at Omaha. He served in the U.S. Army Horse Calvary during World War II. He also served in the Headquarters in Headquarters Company, Eighth Armored Infantry Battalion. He served in France, Belgium and was wounded in Germany. He received the European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon with two service stars, the American Theater Campaign Ribbon, a Purple Heart, the American Defense Service Medal, and the W.W. II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 8, 1946, at Indiana Headquarters Hospital Center, Camp Edwards MA.
On Oct. 30, 1943, he married Marie Allen at Nashville, Tenn. They resided in Tennessee for a year after his discharge, after which he purchased a farm north of Beaver City. In the spring of 1976 they moved to Beaver City.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Beaver City, the Grange, the V.F.W., The Beaver City Lions Club, the American Legion, was a 32nd Degree Mason, was a member of the Odd Fellows, was past president of the Furnas County Fair Board for more than 25 years, served on the Beaver City Board of Education, served on the Edison Elevator Board, the rural fire board, the Furnas County Weed Board, and the Beaver City, City Council.
He was preceded in death by his father in June 1965; his mother on Aug. 5, 1977; his wife Marie on Dec. 6, 1991; four brothers, one in infancy, Gaylord Morse and his wife Edith, his twin, Doyle Morse and his wife, Pauline and Dean Morse and his wife, Thelma; six sisters, Bertha Kasson and her husband, Allen, Edith Maxey and her husband, Gaylord, Bess Evans, Wilma Kentigh and her husband Paul, Bernice Kentigh and her husband Clarence and June Steinke and her husband Ivan.
Survivors include two sons, James "Jim" Morse and his wife Nancy of Loomis, and Jack Morse and his wife Mary of rural Beaver City; one daughter Mary LouMittan and her husband ,Allen of Lincoln; five grandchildren; and other relatives.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, 10 a.m., at the United Methodist Church in Beaver City with the Revs. Robert Berlie and Rev. Wesley Russell officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Beaver City with military honors graveside by veterans' organizations of Beaver City and Lincoln.
Visitation is at the church prior to the service.
Memorials may be directed to the Beaver City Senior Center.
Banta-Torrey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.