Eric Kensey Morse, 48, of Indiana, died peacefully, Friday, April 26, 2013, at his home, with his loving wife Jessica by his side. Eric died a warrior, after a fierce two year battle with Melanoma.
Eric was born in Indiana in 1965, the son of the late Stanley Wilbur and Mary Lou (Nussen) Morse.
Eric served in the U.S. Army for approximately six years and also served as a member of the Colors Section with Company A (Commander-In-Chief's Guard) 3D United States Infantry (The Old Guard), Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D. C. , the Army's Elite Ceremonial Unit. He represented the United States Army in countless highly visible and sensitive missions in and around the National Capital Area.
Eric was a member of Summit Church in Indiana. He found solace there, especially during the height of his illness. It was a place of refuge for Eric, where he could lay down his burdens and enjoy the uplifting music and messages delivered each Sunday by Pastor Jake Shelatz, Pastor Dick Motzing or Pastor Dan Miller.
Eric loved life immensely. He approached each day with a sort of child-like enthusiasm and lived every one to the fullest. His life-long passion for toys and hobbies would later evolve into a full-time occupation, as he would eventually become the owner of one of the largest, most unique hobby shops in Pennsylvania... Whirlwind Toys and Hobbies in Indiana, PA. His store became a kind of venue where he could share with others his love of life and child-like wonderment. His warm disposition, resourcefulness and humor made him easily approachable and many of his customers quickly became his friends.
He had many other interests as well. He loved studying weather and was awed by the brute force of tornados and hurricanes while comforted by the beauty of thunderstorms and snowstorms. He loved the ocean and all the bounty it brought, whether it was combing the sand for washed up treasure after high tide with his beloved Uncle Jack (Den) Nussen, the thrill of body surfing with his precious daughter Brooke or feasting on all you could eat crab legs at Captain George's Seafood Restaurant in Virginia Beach/Outerbanks, where he and his family frequently vacationed.
Unlike most men, Eric loved to shop. He would frequently go on all day shopping trips with his wife Jessica and daughter Brooke, and always enjoyed the beginning of those trips by dining out at Red Lobster or the Olive Garden.
Eric also had a special fondness for all animals, especially cats. He liked to visit Four Footed Friends and the Humane Society just to see all the animals, and he frequently contributed to animal causes.
Eric is survived by his beloved wife Jessica Dain (Pearce) Morse and beautiful daughter Brooke Sandra Morse, a grand dog named Riku and three kitty sons, Oliver, J.J., Scrappy and one kitty daughter, Ellie Mae (A.K.A. Ellie "Mayhem"), a brother, Randy Rolf and his wife Mary of Homer City, PA and their daughters Natalie Rolf, also of Homer City, and Leslie Rolf and her fiance Jeff Prugh of Titusville. Eric's favorite Uncle, Jack (Dennis) Nussen and his wife Joan of Chesapeake, Virginia, a cousin, Paul Rowan and his wife Veronnica of Northern Cambria, PA, sisters-in-law Cassandra Pearce of Indiana and Heidi Pearce and her husband Norman (Buddy) Pearce of Glen Campbell, PA, a mother-in law, Judy Pearce and her companion Robert Wazelle of Cherry Tree and father-in-law Daniel Pearce, also of Cherry Tree.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at a later date. Details to follow in a later edition. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Summit Church, The 52 Youth Ministry, 2707, West Pike Road, Indiana PA.
Arrangements are with the assistance of the Rairigh Funeral Home, Ltd. in Hillsdale, PA.