Lawrence “Ed” Morse

April 18, 1935 ‒ November 20, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Lawrence “Ed” Morse, 85, died peacefully on November 20, 2020.  Ed was a life-long Marion resident who had success both in athletics and business, but the most important parts of his life were the Marion community and the people in his life, including family and friends.

Ed was born in Marion to Lawrence B. Morse and Blanche (Coykendall) Morse.  He graduated from Harding High School in 1953, where he was a good student and an outstanding athlete who earned multiple letters in football and baseball.  Later Ed attended Heidelberg University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Following service in the Army, he joined Fulfillment Corporation of America (FCA), which later became Kable Fulfillment Services of Ohio.   At FCA/Kable, Ed had a forty-year career, during which he served in many roles, including as CEO of the company. He was proud to have worked with many talented colleagues at FCA/Kable throughout the years and enjoyed staying in contact with the group when in retirement.

Throughout his life Ed showed his love of the Marion community by serving as a member of many community organizations, including Marion Goodwill Industries, United Way of Marion County, Marion Manufacturers Council, Business Education Partnership Committee, Critical Issues Task Force of The Ohio State University at Marion, and a Marion task force known as EnVISIONing the 21st Century.  While chairman of the EnVISIONing task force, he and its members worked with the EPA and community leaders to address the pollution in a 3.5 mile stretch of the Little Scioto River. For his work in the community, Ed received the United Way Citizen of the Year Award in 2002 by United Way of Marion County.

Ed was blessed to be married to the love of his life, Marolyn (Peterson) Morse, who died last year.  Ed and Marolyn were married in 1959 and had been married for nearly 60 years at the time of her death.  Both said the secret of their marriage was having a sense of humor.  Their laughter and humor were shared abundantly with family and friends.

Survivors include Ed’s sister, Erma Haverback; daughter, Kerry; and son, Mike (AnnaLena) Morse; his beloved granddaughter Kajsa; sister-in-law Marlene Huber, and many nieces and nephews.

Because Ed would want to protect his family, friends, and the community during this pandemic, we will honor him by not gathering at this time for a memorial service. A private graveside service will be held with Reverend Louise Seipel officiating, Those wishing to view the service may log onto https://www.facebook.com/DenzerChapelSFH/ at 2 pm on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Kobacker House (OhioHealth Hospice).

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Morse family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

 

  • Kerry and Mike,
    My deepest sympathies. I remember your family as we grew up in the church. God’s peace.
    Tanyce(Fogle) Addison

    • To all those who have left a condolence and who I (or we) don’t know, I want to extend my deepest thanks. It means a lot to see how much impact Dad had in the community in small and large ways. He took so much pleasure from interacting with you all. May each of us have the love of life that he did.

  • I am very sorry for your loss. Larry was a great man, mentor and friend. He was always there when someone needed him and even when they didn’t. He will be missed. Prayers to the family.

  • How do you say your respects for a life time friend? My late wife ,Carol,[1937-2001]was born in the house across Avondale from the Morse’s. She went to elementary school at the same school as Ed.I met Ed when I entered junior high as a 7th grader. He was in the 8th grade and already a respected student and athlete. We played high school and American Legion baseball together then ,he went to the “Berg” and I went to BG but when he married Marolyn and I married Carol,we reconnected. In 1962 I joined FCA where ED was already a rising star in Account Management. For the next 33 years we worked side by side in building a successful company until my wife was diagnosed with ALS and I took early retirement while he steered the ship under Kable.He was the most dedicated, determined man I have ever known. Dedicated to his family, his company, his community. Determined to persevere no matter the obstacles. My most sincere condolences to Kerry and Mike. I grieve the loss for them ,for our community, for myself who have lost a man of such incredible values. God rest his soul. Larry Geissler

    • Thanks for the very kind note and all the years of friendship you shared with Dad. I have his bat from legion ball as a remembrance of how much he enjoyed his time on those teams. I hope that you and your family have a peaceful and healthy holiday season. With warmest regards, Mike

  • We send our most heartfelt sympathy to Ed’s family. Ed was truly a gentlemen and will be missed by all of us. God Bless!

  • I was a customer of FCA when Larry was the CEO. We shared many conversations, contract negotiations, phone calls, in-person meetings. Even when I was a green, young woman in the industry, he treated me with respect. I learned a lot from him, and always appreciated his view of business.
    His love of his family, his pride in Marion, and his respect for his employees was always part of our conversations.
    Rest in peace, Larry.
    Our industry does not do enough to recognize its leaders, so I hope others will learn this news and honor Larry for his contributions.

  • Dear Kerry and Michael,

    I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was our dearest “Santa Clause” for years! This has touched mine and my family’s hearts deeply. Your Dad always watched out for my grandparents with such love and kindness along with the respect he so deeply showed to Others. He also entrusted me to watch over his children when he and your mother went away.

    I will be forever grateful and honored that we crossed paths in life.

    Blessings for all of you, Judy

  • Kerry and Mike, I was so sad to hear about you dad. He was one of my favorite people! I always looked forward to seeing him at church, because we’d always tease each other and make each laugh. He did so much for Marion and I know is appreciated by all who knew him. Prayers for comfort at this time of sadness. His life was a celebration! Prayers-Amy (Dickman) Pinnick

  • My wife Becky Lundquist work with Larry at FCA/Kable from 1991 to 2000 and thought the world of him! They could run into each other in a store and always greeted each other in open arms! She is totally devastated over this! Prayers to the family and RIP! Sincerely, Mike and Becky Lundquist, Marion.

  • Kerry & Mike
    We send our condolences on the loss of a close friend. Ed graduated with my sister ,& Marolyn was a close classmate at Harding. We stayed connected by eating out monthly after we all retired. We had good times remernising and joking
    We had good times and will miss Ed & Marolyn. Our prayers go with you and the ¹memories you have. God bless you during this time.

  • Kerry & Mike: Our hearts ache for you both upon hearing of your Dads passing. As I mentioned to you the other night Kerry, the Blessing of your parents friendship for so many years has made us better people because we knew them. Our annual dinners to Columbus for so many years, with your mom keeping a note in her wallet as to where we had been and your dad and I always debating as to who drove the previous year! I think he always was aware of whose turn it was to drive, but would try to get out of driving if he could. So many good times as residents of Sara Ave. and the continual pranks we played on Walter Baker, our other great neighbor. There was no one I have ever met in Marion that I had more respect for than your dad. I so valued his friendship. Thank goodness we took a “selfie” together the last time I saw him. I will treasure that picture always. We are so happy that he is now at peace and with your mom by his side. Although you grieve at his passing, his influence and decisions for the betterment of Marion will long be remembered. Blessings to you both, and know that many others share in his loss but hold you close in their prayers. Bill & Sue Rudy

    • Thanks so much for your comments Mr. Rudy and for keeping us in your prayers. Like Kerry, I know how much Mom and Dad enjoyed the long relationship you had together. The stories from Sara Avenue – though likely edited for us – have nevertheless been a source of great amusement of the years.

  • Deepest condolences to your family. Larry was dedicated to the community, a strong and longtime supporter of the Chamber and personal friend and mentor to the late Pam Hall. Larry was instrumental in Pam accepting her position as Chamber President, for which we are forever great full. The Chamber still utilizes the EnVISIONing the 21 Century document Larry spearheaded to educate future community leaders. Chamber President Matt Carbary and staff member, Doris Dunn will miss Larry’s frequent visits with his lovely wife and his lively stories of Marion’s history. As he would say sometimes, “my wife just needed a break from me, so I came to visit and see how the Chamber is doing”. God’s love and our prayers to the Morse family.

  • Kerry and Mike, I’m so sorry to learn of your Dad’s passing. Please accept my condolences. I have many happy memories of growing up next door to your family in Marion, and your Dad’s big personality looms large in my recall of those days. He sometimes called me “Anna Maria Alberghetti,” and sometimes “snot-nosed brat.” I’d like to share a memory of his generosity. After my family left Marion, your parents allowed me to stay with them as a stopping point as I drove the old station wagon to Pennsylvania. On the way to your parents’ house, my alternator stopped working. Your Dad helped me get a new one, and then he installed it for me in his own garage! That’s not something just anybody could or would do, but that’s the kind of man he was. I pray you find peace and comfort in the outpouring of love from family and friends.

  • Our friendship with the Morse family provides many happy memories. We were next-door neigbors in the seventies and eighties. Ed worked hard to maintain that friendship, even after we moved away, and for that we will always be grateful.

  • Kerry and Mike,
    I was sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I feel truly blessed to have known your family over the years and will cherish the many memories. May our God watch over you and keep you in his loving arms until we all get to meet again. My condolences go out to you both.

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