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Gordon R. Morse

July 10, 1927 January 9, 2019
Gordon R. Morse
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Obituary for Gordon R. Morse

Gordon Richard Morse was born on the outside slope of Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu, Hawaii, to George and Ethel “Billy” (Ames) Morse on July 10, 1927. He quietly passed away on January 9, 2019 at Oakland Heights Nursing Home in Oakland, Nebraska. He will be laid to rest at the VA Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific located inside Punchbowl Crater.

His parents moved to Molokai when he was three; he started school at home while on that island. They moved back to Oahu where he attended Waiale Elementary. He went to high school at Mid Pacific Institute in Honolulu. Gordon served in the US Army as a Sargent for two years, disarming bombs around the Hawaiian Islands. He used his VA Education to receive a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He continued his education and received a master’s degree in Journalism from Boston University.

On September 8, 1951 he married Joann Walker Morse, who was from Boston, Massachusetts. They returned to Honolulu, where he worked as a reporter/photographer for the Honolulu Advertiser until 1967. They moved to the Big Island (Hawaii) in 1967 and started Holo-Holo Campers, an RV rental company; he retired in 1982. Upon retiring, he turned his home into My Island Bed & Breakfast, until 2012, when he finally retired.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and first-born son, Gordon R Morse III.

Survivors include son, Timothy (Beth) Morse of Erie, CO; daughters, Jody Pedro of Oakland, Kii Morse (Byron Kesler) of Grants Pass, OR; brother, Stafford (Ann) Morse of Portland, OR;
9 grandchildren, Joe Pedro of Oakland, Josh Pedro of Albion, NE, Amber Morse of Kent, WA, John Morse and Philip Morse of Erie, Ryan Morse of Tehachapi, CA, Gordon Morse IV of Sunderland, MA, Sarah Teehee of Kona, HI, David Teehee of Portland; 4 great grandchildren.

He will forever be remembered as a great story teller and adventurer. He wrote numerous books on Hawaii and published magazine articles and photos in Life, Sunset, and National Geographic. He even dabbled in E-Books in 2015. His family was always being pulled into adventures, anytime of the day or night.

Memorial Service is pending and will be held at the VA National Cemetery of the Pacific.

Memorial Contribution

Oakland Ryan VFW Post No. 5543


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