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Donald F. Morse
January 19, 1938 ~ April 9, 2019 (age 81)

LOWVILLE – Donald F. Morse, 81, of Brookside Circle, passed away, Tuesday morning, April 9, 2019, at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the First Mennonite Church, New Bremen, with Ed Steckly, Pastor, officiating. 

Donald was born on January 19, 1938, in Lowville, New York, to the late Gilbert and Marguerite Buckley Morse.  After graduating from Lowville Academy and Central School in 1955, he enlisted in the US Army Reserves in March of 1956.  On May 2, 1959, he married Mary Lou Yantzi at the Lowville Baptist Church.  From 1959 to 1963, Don worked at Climax Manufacturing.  Next, he worked for his father-in-law, Samuel B. Yantzi, at Lowville Motors until he bought the business in 1967.  Then, he started Lowville Auto Parts in 1970 where he continued working until 1995 when he retired.  A past president of the Lowville Kiwanis Club and an old car hobbyist, Mr. Morse enjoyed playing golf, hunting, traveling, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by Mary Lou, his beloved wife of nearly sixty years; two children, a son, Brian S. Morse, of Lowville, and a daughter and son-in-law, Julie A. and Ronald G. Belsterling, of Lititz, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren: Samuel (Adelyn) Belsterling, of Mansfield, Ohio, Joseph Belsterling, of Richmond, Virginia, and Emily Belsterling, of Lititz, Pennsylvania; and two sisters-in-law, Kay Woodruff, of Watertown, and Cathy Morse, of Cazenovia; as well as by nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He is predeceased by a sister, Patricia Makuch, and three brothers, Herbert, David, and Richard Morse.

A spring burial will follow at the First Mennonite Church Cemetery.  Calling hours are scheduled from 400 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday April 12, 2019, at the church.  Arrangements are with the Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.  Contributions may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee USA, 517 West Trout Run Road, Ephrata, Pennsylvania 17522; or to the First Mennonite Church of New Bremen, P.O. Box 417, Lowville, New York 13367; Mr. Morse was a member of First Mennonite Church, New Bremen.

Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville, New York, 2019.

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