RUMFORD - Mr. William S. “Bill” Morse, Sr., 88, died Monday March 19, 2012 at the Rumford Community Home. He was a resident of Fourth Street in Mexico. Born in Gorham, New Hampshire on December 24, 1923 he was a son of William and Edith (McPherson) Morse and his step-father Melvin “Bunny” King. He attended schools in Gorham, New Hampshire. He served in the United States Navy during WWII and was a member of Robert Shand Post #1641 VFW. He worked as a Beater Engineer for Boise Cascade Paper Mill in Rumford until his retirement. William was an avid Red Sox fan; he was a member of the Good Sam Club and enjoyed camping with Fireside Friends; he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attended their events; vacationing in Florida; he enjoyed music and played the guitar and trumpet. He was married on February 14, 1946 to Dorothy Lloyd who survives of Mexico. Other survivors include a son; William, Jr. and his wife Mary Ann of Rumford, two daughters; Donna Hanson and her companion Norman of Dixfield and Cindy Archibald and her husband Alan of Mexico, three sisters; Ferne Fogg of Lewiston, Mildred Farnsworth of Portland, ME, Maggie McKinney of South Paris. He was affectionately known as “Papa” to his grandchildren and great grandchildren; Troy Hanson and his companion Wendy and their daughter Jordan of Hollis; Greg Morse and his wife Peggy and their children Tyler and Katie of Dixfield; Melissa Morse and her children Brittany and Amber of Saco; Heather Gray and her husband Casey and their children Cameron, Bode and Marlee of Dixfield; Brandon Archibald of Portland; Justin Archibald and his companion Lori of Mexico; Brett Archibald of Bangor. He was predeceased by two brothers, Gerald and Robert and a son-in-law Jim Hanson. The family would thank to send a special thank to the staff at the Rumford Community Home for their care of Bill over the last few months. Friends and relatives are invited to sign the online guest book and share memories with the family at www.meaderandson.com.
MORSE - Mr. William S. “Bill” Morse, Sr., 88, died in Rumford on March 19, 2012. Funeral services will be held 11 AM Saturday at the Mexico Congregational Church with Pastor Izzie Radford-Nash officiating. Interment in the spring will be in the Farrington Morton Cemetery in Mexico. Those who desire may contribute to the Mexico Congregational Church Main St. Mexico, ME 04257 in his memory. Arrangements are under the direction of the MEADER & SON FUNERAL HOME 3 Franklin St. Rumford, ME.