Lindon (Lindy) B. Morse, 94, of Main Street, Roxbury, passed away Monday, July 13, 2009 in Roxbury.
He was born February 17, 1915 in the Town of Roxbury, the youngest of seven children of Chauncey F. and Annie Dent Morse.
Lindy had been a resident of Roxbury all his life being born on the farm of his parents overlooking the Vega Valley. The family moved to the Village of Roxbury when he was six months old.
He married Edna Gaarn September 21, 1941. They had spent six months of each year since 1984 in Ocala, Florida.
After graduating from Roxbury High School in 1933, he attended Ohio State University and then New York University, Washington Square and night school at Wall Street in New York City studying insurance. He also attended Aetna Casualty and Surety Insurance Company school at Hartford, Conn. and Purdue University in Indiana for two summers.
Lindy assisted his father in the insurance business until he went to work at the Wright Aeronautical plant in Paterson, New Jersey then the General Electric Plant in Schenectady prior to his marriage. He continued his work in Schenectady after marriage also engaging in the insurance business in the evening.
He was drafted and entered the Army in December of 1942 and served for three years in the 82nd Airborn Division receiving seven battle stars, the division fought across Africa, Sicily, Italy, Ireland, England, France and finally ending up in Berlin, Germany.
After returning from duty in the Army, he joined his father and brother in the insurance business. Chauncey Morse passed away in 1947 and the brothers continued in the business. Harrison C. Morse became secretary and treasurer of the Midrox Insurance Company and in 1953 Lindon became president of the company after the death of Arthur F. Bouton, former president since its inception in 1936.
With the exception of a few years away from Roxbury, he devoted his entire life to the insurance business.
Lindy was a member of Oasis Lodge #630 F&A.M. Gilboa, New York, having joined Coeur de Lion Lodge #571 in Roxbury in 1940. He was a past master of Coeur de Lion Lodge and District Deputy of Delaware District in 1955. He had been a member of Ralph S. Ives Jr. Post 1785 since its inception and had served as its commander in its second year.
He had 24 years of perfect attendance of the Roxbury Rotary until his resignation in 1972 having served as its first secretary in 1947, then secretary-treasurer and one year as its president.
He was a member of the Roxbury Methodist Church all his life. He had been a former secretary and treasurer of the Roxbury Fire District and one of the first to organize and serve on the Roxbury Fire Department Ambulance squad. He later was an honorary member of the Roxbury Fire Department.
Lindy was a former Scoutmaster of Troop #41 and also served as treasurer of the organization. He was a director and officer of the Guilderland Mutual Insurance Company. He was also an avid golfer.
Surviving are his wife Edna, two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas L. and April Morse of Rosharon, Texas and Fred J. and Shirley Morse of Margaretville; two grandsons, Justin and Anderson Morse of Margaretville and several nieces and nephews
He was predeceased by two brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will be Friday, July 17 at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Roxbury, with Pastor Peg Van Siclen, Rev. Richard Dykstra and Bishop Francisco Betancourt officiating.
Burial will be in the Roxbury Cemetery.
Friends may call at the convenience of the family at the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury on Thursday. The family will be in attendance between 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, July 16.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in his memory to the Roxbury Methodist Church, the Roxbury Fire Department or the Gilboa Lodge #630 F&A.M.