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William Marvin Morse

William Marvin Morse was born October 27, 1951 at Saint Francis Hospital in Maryville, Missouri. He was welcomed into this world by his parents, Everett Leroy Morse and Opal Adell (Jones) Morse and one older brother Franklin Leroy Morse. He was born with a few health issues/special needs. Marvin never acted like he was different or disabled in any way.

Rural Mount Ayr was his first home. He attended Mount Ayr Community school system and participated in Ringgold County Supportive Services throughout his life.

In 1970 he moved to Redding, which he considered his hometown. He loved Redding community and never forgot anyone he met along the way.

He worked at Innovated Industries in Mount Ayr and Creston locations, making many friends over the years. However, a lot of people remember his work at Hardee's in Creston. He kept the tables clean while meeting and greeting everyone with a smile and conversation. Creston was yet another chapter in his life where he lived and worked.

After losing his eyesight in 2000, he moved back to his hometown of Redding. His health declined and he went to live at Mount Ayr Health Care Center,in 2002. He continued to touch peoples lives and was given tender loving care by many.

Marvin passed away at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center on February 27, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents Everett & Opal Morse; grandparents Milo Morse and Maude (Kimble) Morse; a special step grandmother Elvira (Stringham) Morse grandparents Virgil Jones and Della (Smith) Jones; one brother Franklin Leroy Morse; brothers-in-law Ronald Roach and Richard Hull; sisters-in-law Janet (Patrick) Morse, Ruth (Ditzler) Morse; and three nephews.

Left to cherish his memory include one Aunt, Arlene (Jones) Thomas; brothers Ronald Morse and Ricky Morse; sisters Ruby (Morse) Hull, Nancy ( Morse) Clark & husband Jerry Clark, Julia (Morse) Roach and Bonnie (Morse) Baker & husband Frank Baker; along with many nephews, nieces, cousins & friends.

Marvin left a memory in many lives here on earth & now has left us to live in his forever home of Heaven. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial fund has been established in his name to be used for the Frontier Hall in Redding.

  • Open Viewing

    March 01, 2016
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Funeral Service

    March 02, 2016
    2:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Burial

    Wednesday March 02 2016

    Rose Hill Cemetery

    Hwy 2 & 169
    Mount Ayr, IA

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Many condolences to those afflicted by the loss if Marvin. He was beautiful on the inside and out and his smile was a testimony to his pure heart and not having to see to know the good in others. May he now be at peace in the promised land.

Posted by Deanna Kibbe Groves - Thayer, IA - Family   March 01, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Rest in Peace Marvin. You fought the good fight. Go rest high on that mountain.

Posted by Wanda Butler Ellis - Garden City Beach, SC - Family   March 01, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

we all share in life trying to grow up and Marvin was a smile and a friendly attitude in any crowd. Somehow, he was just a kind soul without too many words but that was Okay! We are sorry to say good bye but you have a better place to go now and we are happy for you, God being your Friend, in Christ our Saviour. Go and Rest and we will follow when our time comes... Amen!

Posted by rebecca miller - Neighbor   February 29, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Where there is sadness, love plants a garden of memories. Wishing you moments of peace and tender reflection...
sending you heartfelt sympathy

Posted by The Olney Family - Sacramento, CA - Friend   February 29, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of your loss of Marvin. I''ll always remember riding the school bus together. He was always so shy. He was a great guy & a special friend. I know he will be missed so much. Sending my deepest sympathy to the family. Love & hugs to all of you. May God comfort your hearts.

Posted by Sherry Davidson - Grant City, MO - Friend   February 29, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My most sincere condolences to Marv''s family.

Posted by Eric M Montiel - Lenox, IA - Acquaintance   February 28, 2016

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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