William John Morse

William John Morse

Bill Morse passed away

on May 7, 2021, in Detroit,


He was born April 29,

1958, at Brooks Hospital.

A graduate of Fredonia

High and the University of

Buffalo, Bill received his

masters degree from Wayne

State University. Bill spent

his career working supply

chain management for the

U.S. Army at the Detroit

Arsenal in Michigan.

While still working, he

received English as a

second language certifica-

tion. Bill became a

volunteer for the Domini-

can Literacy Center in De-

troit and twice went to

Mexico, where he taught

English classes to adults at

a business college. He also

spent a month in Italy,

where he lived with a fami-

ly and tutored them in En-


A deeply spiritual per-

son, for many years Bill led

Christian education classes.

He went on mission trips to

Brazil and Russia. After re-

tirement, he found a home

at a Unitarian Universalist

church in Southfield, Mich.

During midlife, Bill

developed a passion for

hiking. This led to partici-

pating several times in the

Fight for Air Stair Climb

for the American Lung As-

sociation, doing a

fund-raising bicycle ride for

the American Cancer So-

ciety, and hiking at the

Grand Canyon to raise

funds for the Leukemia &

Lymphoma Society.

Bill had a knack for

keeping friends and getting

along with people. He is

greatly missed by his moth-

er, Jean Morse of Oxford,

Fla.; his sisters: Betsy

Morse of Reno, Nev., and

Nancy Benson of The Vil-

lages, Florida; the nieces he

adored; and a large group

of dear friends.

Bill’s ashes will be in-

terred at Forest Hill

Cemetery in a graveside

service on July 30.

Gifts in memory of Bill

may be given to the Fre-

donia Opera House, which

Bill’s father, Howard, spent

many hours helping restore,

or to the charity of your