Roger J. Morse


Roger J. Morse, 90, of Shelby, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at the Oceana County Medical Care Facility in Hart. He was born July 9, 1928 in Muskegon, the son of William and Mabel (Goodenrath) Morse. Roger was raised by Herman and Viola Ladegast in Benona Township. He was a life resident of Oceana County. He married Ann E. Near June 29, 1957. She passed away March 27, 1987. He married Caroline “Kelly” (Stembol) Hansen April 20, 1991. She preceded him in death Feb. 22, 2005.

Roger was a self-employed carpenter before his retirement. All of his sons worked with him at one time or another. He enjoyed intarsia (making intricate wood pieces into decorations). He also enjoyed fishing and gardening. He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan.

He is survived by his sons, Wayne (Marilyn) Morse and Andrew J. (Eva) Morse; his grandchildren, Andy D. (Tara) Morse, Sarah (Caleb) Coulter, Brooke Morse (and her fiancé, Hayden Simpson) and Kasey Morse; great-grandchildren, Alissa Coulter, Cassidy Coulter, Adalynn Morse, Avery Morse and Blake Morse; his brother, Bill (Bev) Morse; and sisters, Joan (Jim) Deters and Judi (Loren) Schultz; and stepchildren, Rev. Gary (June) Hansen and Sally (Gordon) Diepen. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Kendra Morse; grandson, Michael Morse; brothers, Howard and Lawrence Morse; and his sister, Ruth Nordstrom.

A graveside service was Saturday, June 8, 1 p.m. at Mount Hope Cemetery in Shelby. Please consider memorials to either the Oceana County Medical Care Facility, 701 E. Main St., Hart, MI 49420 or the Shelby Area District Library, Caroline “Kelly” Hansen Morse Memorial Fund through the Community Foundation for Oceana County, P.O. Box 902, Pentwater, MI 49449. Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home, Shelby