Raymond A. Morse, age 82, of Wisconsin Rapids, passed away Sunday, October 31, 2021 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Services will be at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, November 5, 2021 at Herman-Taylor Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids. Rev. Matthew Bergstresser will officiate. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services on Friday at the funeral home.
Ray was born May 6, 1939 in Gardner, Massachusetts to Harry and Beatrice (Taylor) Morse. He attended Northland College and graduated from University of Wisconsin Eau Claire where he played football for the Eau Claire Blugolds. He married the love of his life, Elaine Drackley, on May 6, 1967 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids. They were blessed with 51 years of wonderful memories.
Shortly after they were married, Ray and Elaine moved to Scottsdale, AZ for a year and then to Columbus, OH where they resided for 31 years. Ray worked for Woolco and later drove truck for the US Postal Service. After retiring in 1998, Ray and Elaine moved back to Wisconsin Rapids.
Ray was a very complimentary person and was well liked. He was a great storyteller with a wonderful sense of humor. He was an active volunteer with the Wisconsin Rapids Aqua Skiers. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Elaine. Their most memorable vacation was when the couple walked down the Bright Angel Trail into the Grand Canyon, going all the way to Phantom Ranch. For the next five days, they floated down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
Ray is survived by his in-laws: Janice Morse, Mary LeMay, Betty Thompson, and Bill (Celia) Drackley; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Elaine; and brothers Richard and Robert Morse.
Herman-Taylor Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Ray’s memory to the South Wood County Humane Society.
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