Lathrop “Bud” Palmer Morse, Jr., 82

Lathrop “Bud” Palmer Morse, Jr., 82, of Holland succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease on Jan. 6, 2018. Bud was born in Detroit, to Lathrop and Gladys Morse, growing up in Grosse Point, until college and living most of his life in Saugatuck and Holland.

Bud was an Alumnus of Albion College where he received his bachelor’s degree and the University of Michigan where he received his master’s degree, both in music education.

Bud was a passionate man who enjoyed music, conversation, camping, golfing, boating and selling Amsoil. He was a teacher for 39 years, spending 35 years at Saugatuck/Douglas Public Schools, where he taught band, math and drivers education.

Bud was also the choir director at First Congregational Church in Saugatuck for 35 years. He was a member of the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band, as well as the Saladin Shrine Band for many years, playing French horn.

After retirement, Bud and Carrie enjoyed traveling to all 50 states and many countries along with spending their winter months in Benson, Ariz., for 11 years. While in Arizona, Bud volunteered as a choir director for Calvary Baptist Church. Both Bud and Carrie volunteered as cave guides at Kartchner State Park in the Caverns.

Bud is survived by his wife of 58 years Carrie Zimmerman Morse; daughters Lori (Joe) Siska and Julie (Jesse) Ramirez; and son Lathrop “Skip” (Carrie) Morse, III. They also have 15 loving grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Bud was also lucky to have a large loving network of extended family and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, brother Robert C. Morse, and brother-in-law William G. Zimmerman.

Visitation with family will be Thursday, Jan. 11, from 3 to 4 p.m. followed by a Celebration of Life starting at 4 p.m. at Park Christian Reformed Church, 1496 West 32nd St., Holland.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Bud’s name to any of the following or a charity of your choice: Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Michigan Chapter, Park Christian Reformed Church of Holland, First Congregational Church of Saugatuck, or Freedom Village in Holland.

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