William F. Morse
William F. Morse
  • March 14, 1940 - August 8, 2014
  • Leawood, Kansas

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Bill Morse, 74, of Leawood, KS, died peacefully at home on the afternoon of August 8, 2014 with his beloved wife of 19 years, Sharon, loving step-daughter, Christina Belt of Kansas City, MO, and devoted dogs, Max and Toby, at his side.

Bill was born March 14, 1940, in Kansas City, MO, to Paul F. and Edith S. Morse who preceded him in death in 1996 and 2011.

Additional survivors include a brother, Paul A. Morse (Mary), and family of Vancouver, BC, Canada, and a sister, Winnie Sue Antonson, and family of Indianapolis, IN. Bill is survived as well by in-laws who became his local family in the Kansas City area and by numerous cousins and great friends near and far with whom he maintained close connections, along with a daughter, Lisa Morse-Moore (David) and grandson, Devon Hammond.

Bill graduated from Center High School in 1958 and received his BSBA degree at the University of Missouri in 1966 where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. After graduation Bill stayed in Columbia to work at the University of Missouri at Columbia Medical Center with a recently formed medical computing team. Bill continued to work in database design and analysis with various corporations the rest of his professional career. He retired from Sprint in 1999.

Bill lived his life with passion and enthusiasm. He loved riding motorcycles, flying airplanes, scuba diving, mountain hiking, traveling, parties, flirting with pretty women, and just being with friends at favorite places. Bill was a fun, smart, interesting, resourceful, talented, curious, affectionate and engaging person who made friends everywhere he went and had a talent for maintaining lifelong friendships. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Bill’s caregivers from Gentiva Hospice and Visiting Angels. Their wonderful care and thoughtful attention to Bill provided much comfort to us during his last few months. They hold a special place in our hearts.

Bill loved to host parties, so instead of a funeral, a celebration of Bill will be held late September with friends and family.