Thomas Morse

1929 - 2013


Thomas Morse

April 14, 1929 — June 13, 2013

Walla Walla resident Thomas W. Morse, 84, passed away June 13, 2013, at Oregon Health Science University in Portland. Mr. Morse was born April 14, 1929, in Okanogan, Wash., to Wendel A. and Loie Nash Morse. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle. Mr. Morse went to work for Boeing Aircraft as a machinist. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict from 1951-1953. He then attended the University of Washington, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in business administration.

He moved to Walla Walla in 1959 and went to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and enjoyed his work as the district’s budget officer as well as other positions within the district, retiring from there in 1988. He always had a pen and pencil firmly ensconced in his pocket protector. Mr. Morse was a dapper gentleman who always left the house well-groomed and wearing his hat.

He married his true love, Norma J. Hartwell Wood, on Aug. 31, 1963, in Reno. Mr. Morse received great satisfaction in raising his family. He was a wise man and passed that wisdom on to his children and grandchildren. Being raised during the Depression and going from rich to poor very quickly, Mr. Morse knew the value of the dollar. He truly lived within his means and passed this along to as many of his children and grandchildren who would listen!

He also enjoyed a good crossword puzzle, reading and family vacations. He liked walking the golf course with his wife, finding lost golf balls for her and her son to use!

Mr. Morse is survived by three daughters, Joann Joslin and Debbie Kristoff of Elk Grove, Calif., and Jacque Nelson of Star City, Ind.; three sons, Michael Wood of Vancouver, Maury Wood and Jeff Morse both of Walla Walla; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; his son, Lawrence Morse; his parents; and his sister, Sheila Clark.

The memorial service will be 11 a.m., Monday, July 29, 2013, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla. A reception at the funeral home will follow the memorial service. A private Inurnment with military honors will be July 30, 2013. Memorial contributions may be made to the Casey Eye Institute at OHSU or a charity of donor’s choice through the funeral home.

Family and friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonial


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