Loyal P. Morse, 95, beloved husband of 71 years of Josephine (Karam) Morse, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2014.
He was born on April 16, 1919 in Roxbury to the late Henry and Mary (Jaquish) Morse. He was raised on his grandparents’ farm and graduated from Roxbury High School. Loyal married Josephine Karam of Oswego on November 28, 1942. They resided in New Britain, CT where Loyal worked as a machinist at Fafnir Bearing. A veteran of WWII, Loyal was a machinist with the US Navy SeaBees, serving in Hawaii and Guam.
He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education at SUNY Oswego and taught in Franklin, PA. Loyal accepted the position of machine shop teacher at Medina High School in 1947. He served as Chairman of the Industrial Arts Department. Loyal received his Master of Science degree from SUNY Oswego. In 1965, he was appointed the Director of Vocational Education for the Orleans-Niagara BOCES. During his tenure at BOCES, he planned and supervised the building of the two current school sites. Loyal retired from BOCES in 1980.
He continued to serve the Medina community as a village board trustee from 1981 to 1990. He was a communicant of Holy Trinity Parish (St. Mary’s) in Medina and an active member of the Rotary Club (past president), American Legion, NYS Retired Teachers, and Senior Citizens of Western Orleans. Loyal enjoyed his family, friends and his garden. He would always save seeds from a good harvest for future years. He was an avid card player. Loyal’s life is truly a reflection of his name.
Besides his beloved wife, he is survived by his children, Ronald (Mary-Jo) of Clay, Stanley (Candace) of Raleigh, NC, Patricia Sands (Calvin) of Medina, Mary Wigle (Jeffrey) of San Antonio, TX, Kathleen Kreppel (John) of Clarence, Barbara Peyton (Christopher) of Windsor, CT and former daughter-in-law, Maryann Tryt Reeves of Dexter. He also leaves 18 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren, plus many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Donald Morse.
Calling hours were held on Sunday, April 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 West Center Street, Medina. The rosary was prayed at 4:15 p.m.
The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls celebrated a mass of Christian burial on Monday, April 28 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church.
Entombment is in St. Mary’s Mausoleum. Military honors were accorded at graveside by members of Butts-Clarks Post # 204, American Legion and Lincoln Post #1483, VFW.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
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