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Leon Morse

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Leon A. Morse Sr.

HANCOCK, MA Leon A. Morse, Sr., 81, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Hillcrest Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield. Born in Bennington, Vermont, Leon was the son of the late Wayne and Ethel Montgomery Morse. He was raised in Bennington where he received his education and later served his country proudly in the U.S. Army from the time of his enlistment in 1952 until his honorable discharge in 1961. Leon owned and operated Leon's Shell Service in both North Lebanon, NY and Stephentown, NY and Hancock Auto Repair in Hancock, MA. He retired in 1992, as a truck driver, from Henry V. Rabouin, Inc. Trucking Company in Hancock. Leon enjoyed the times spent with family and friends, restoring antique cars and fishing. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and avid wood worker. Leon is survived by his beloved wife Barbara L. Cure Morse, to whom he was married on June 16, 1960 in Rutland, VT. He was the loving father of Kelly L. Morse (Maggie Brown Morse) of Hancock, MA, Tracy Jo Rogers (Martin Rogers) of Pittsfield, MA, Whitney L. Morse-Koffi (Emile Koffi) of Pittsfield, MA, Leon A. Morse, Jr. (Julie Morse) of Berlin, NY, Wade Morse (Niki Morse) of Hancock, MA and Joanne George of Bennington, VT ; brother of Eleanor Harvey of Shaftsbury, VT and the late Doris Babson, Marjorie Bond, Kennen, Wayne, Ted and Marie Morse. He is also survived by 23 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. FUNERAL NOTICE: A funeral service for Leon will be held on Tuesday at 11 o'clock AM in the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home, 457 NY Route 43, Stephentown, NY. Interment will follow, with military honors, in Hancock Cemetery. Friends are invited and may also visit with Leon's family on Monday from 4 until 7 PM at the funeral home. For those wishing to remember Leon in a special way, his family asks that donations be made to the Hillcrest Commons Nursing Home, 169 Valentine Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201 in his memory.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 4, 2013
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