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Richard Riley Morse

Lebanon, N.H. — Richard Riley Morse “The Captain”, 85, died at his home on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013.

A lifelong resident of Lebanon, he was born on the family homestead, which he had a great love for, on Oct. 10, 1927, a son of the late Edward and Edith (Churchill) Morse. Richard graduated from Lebanon High School, where he and his older brother Roger both competed as ski jumpers. After school he enlisted in the US Army and upon being discharged returned to Lebanon. He later meet and married Wilma Judd and together they started their family. Richard worked construction for several years for both Audley and Moulton Construction before going to work for himself as a logger, a job he did until just ten years ago.

The Captain loved nature and the woods, weather he was logging or riding his four-wheeler through them. He also loved to take his grandsons Riley and Jeremy fishing on the Connecticut River, playing cards, reading, which taught him something about everything, all the visits from his good friends and especially his time spent with his family. He also so looked forward to his regular visits from his nephews, Timmy Morse and Gil Wilson. Richard will be remembered as someone that lived for others, not for himself and for living by the motto of “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then say nothing at all.”

He was predeceased by his wife Wilma and son, Richard Bruce Morse both in 2011, a sister, Rita Wilson in 2007 and two brothers Roger Morse in 2008 and Royce Morse in 1996.

Richard is survived by his daughter, Karen Hibbs of Grantham, N.H.; six grandchildren; and most recently his great-grandson, Benjamin Richard Hibbs; as well as several nieces and nephews.

At his request there will be no services. Ricker Funeral Home & Crematory in Lebanon assisted the family.

In lieu of flowers donations in The Captain’s memory can be made to the Upper Valley Humane Society, 300 Old Route 10, Enfield, NH 03748 or the to the New Hampshire Fish & Game Dept., ATTN Tanya Haskell, 11Hazen Dr. Concord, NH 03301. It is asked that the checks be made out to NH Fish & Game and in the memo line you include “In memory of Richard Morse.”