Donald Morse, age 80, of Olivia, MN died on Monday, April 5, 2021 at the Olivia Hospital. A public visitation will be on Friday, April 9, 2021 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Faith United Methodist Church in Olivia with a private family service to follow with Pastor Krey Leesman officiating. Burial will be in the Olivia Cemetery. Arrangements are with Dirks-Blem Funeral Service of Olivia.
Donald William Morse was born on March 5, 1941 to Clarence and Adelaide (Christenson) Morse at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, MN. Don was baptized and confirmed at the Faith United Methodist Church in Olivia. In 1959, Don graduated from Olivia High School. Through a blind date, set up by his future sister-in-law, Don met the love of his life. He married Lynnette Nordin on April 8, 1972 at Faith United Methodist Church and their marriage was blessed with three sons. He worked at Trojan Seed Company until they closed. He then worked for Keltgen Tire until his retirement at the age of 75. Most of his later years were spent playing cards and drinking coffee at the shop, but he still considered it “going to work.” Don and Lynnette enjoyed being part of their card and snowmobile riding clubs. Going for slow drives in the country was a favorite pastime of theirs. Don was a supportive husband and father. He was always there for his family whether it was attending sporting events, building high bikes, or sharpening hockey skates. Don had a passion for deer hunting and took many trips over the years. He loved NASCAR and watching old western movies. Driving his scooter around town and asparagus hunting brought him much joy. His grandchildren enriched his life; he was a loving and caring Grandpa Goonie. He was full of one-liners that would get a laugh out of everyone. Putz became his nickname for the careful time that he gave to most tasks at hand, especially driving because “what’s the hurry?” as he would say. Don was a man of few words but the words that he said made an impact. His life motto was “one day at a time, and what will be will be.” Don will be remembered for being a loving, tough, and humble guy.
Donald is survived by his loving wife, Lynnette of 49 years; his three sons: Kevin (and Heidi) of Olivia, Mark (and Jaime) of Park Rapids, and Thomas (and Angela) of Hopkins; his grandchildren: John & Charlie Morse, Kiah & Cade Morse, and Lilly Morse & Zoey Jungers; his brothers, Harry (and Carol) Morse of Olivia, and Dale (and Pat) Morse of Willmar; his brother-in-law, Hans Larson of Bird Island; and many other relatives and friends. Donald was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mildred Larson.
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