John Alfred Morse Jr.
1939 - 2017
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John Alfred Morse, Jr.

2/26/1939 – 5/8/2017

The family of John A. Morse, Jr. is saddened to announce his passing on May 8, 2017 in Perrysburg after a brief illness.

John was born on February 26, 1939 in Plainfield, New Jersey, and was the eldest child to John, Sr. and Adelaide Morse. The Morse family relocated to Perrysburg in the early 1950's. John spent his adolescent years as a caretaker for the polo horses of the Carranor Club and during many summer months worked at dude ranches in Wyoming. John graduated from Perrysburg High School in 1957 where he excelled on the football gridiron. While in high school, John met his future wife, Karen Havener, and they were married in June, 1960.

John began his college education at Duke University before eventually completing his degree at The Ohio State University. John's older two children, Brad and Reneé, were born in Columbus, while his third child, Brian, was born in Oregon, Ohio.

In the early 1960's, the Morse family returned to Perrysburg where the children were raised through their high school years. John was employed at several executive recruiting agencies in downtown Toledo before embarking in his own recruiting business, Morse - Braden & Associates, which was located in the Spitzer Building.

John relocated to his favorite venue, New York City, in the mid 1980's. John (better known as Jack in NYC) worked at several financial publication firms in various positions while, at the same time, thoroughly enjoying all the benefits and advantages that a New York lifestyle had to offer. He often spent many extended weekends with his children and grandchildren at the Morse family cottage on Lake Winola, Pennsylvania.

When John's health began to falter in 2013, he returned to his hometown of Perrysburg to be near his family. John was able to spend his final years enjoying the numerous events and athletic endeavors of his grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, James and Peter, as well as his ex-wife, Karen. He is survived by his sister Meredith Prime (Lake Placid, New York); his children, Bradley (Perrysburg), Reneé (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), and Brian (Jill) (Perrysburg); as well as his seven grandchildren, Nick, Ted, Meredith, Alex, Bella, Maggie, and Isabel.

In honor to John's request, there will be no services or open visitation. A memorial to celebrate John's life will be announced at a later date. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, Perrysburg (419-874-3133). For persons wishing to express their condolences, John requested a donation be made to WGTE – PBS in Toledo, Ohio. Condolences may be made online to the family at

As Jack would say when saying goodbye, "Catch you on the rebound."

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Published in The Blade from May 11 to May 12, 2017.
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July 2, 2017
I just discovered the news after doing a Google search. I was with Jack a couple of times during his visit to NY in late 2016. We had dinner together.

We worked together at Thomson Reuters for several years. Jack was one of my closest friends here in the city. I never met his immediate family but I just want to express my feeling of sadness upon getting this info just now. God bless.
Vern Trotter
June 10, 2017
R.I.P. Moose. My most sincere condolences to Meredith.
Tony Sanders
June 6, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
May 15, 2017
Dear Morse Family,

You have our heartfelt condolences. May your peace and healing come quickly.

Jeff Kernz and family
May 13, 2017
Dear Morse Family,

We are all thinking of you during this difficult and sad time. We have lots of good and happy memories of John. John Sr.says he always enjoyed John's great smile and enthusiastic. warm greeting whenever our paths crossed. Our sympathy and prayers to you all,

Fondly, John and Cindy Meloy
Cynthia Meloy
May 12, 2017
Dear Brad, Brian, and Renee--I am sorry to hear of your father's passing.It has to be very difficult for all of you to deal with the loss of both of your parents in less than two years. May your father rest in peace. I had occasion to speak to your dad 45 years ago when my husband and I decided to return to Toledo and John was recommended as the best in his field as an executive recruiter. I took the phone call when he called with three very good positions in the Toledo area, one of which my husband accepted. Little did I know at that time that many years later his wife, Karen, would become one of my closest friends. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Regards. Betty holland
May 11, 2017
God Bless John, Rest In Peace,! Patti Stanley
May 11, 2017
To the Morse Family; I did not know John personally, but I knew that he was one of Dave Martin's boys when he played football at PHS. I enjoyed talking to one of his sons when I would see his grandson's wrestling matches. I knew from my conversations with his son, and grandson that he had a life that was well lived. Certainly he will be remembered through his fine family. May he rest in peace.
Tim Quilter
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