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Franklin L. Morse

April 28, 1937 — February 4, 2023

Franklin L. Morse “Frank”, 85, passed away February 4, 2023.  A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 9, 2023 at First Presbyterian Church in South Sioux City with visitation with the family at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be held at a later date.

 Frank was born on April 27, 1937 to Ralph and Vlasta (Pallas) Morse in Pender, Nebraska.  He grew up on several farms and enjoyed country grade schools.  Graduating from Pender High School in 1954, where he was salutation and president of his class.  Frank earned two degrees from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln; a Bachelor of Science degree in General Agriculture and a Master’s degree in Ag Economics.  He was a member of Farmhouse Fraternity.

Frank married Marilyn Radcliff on October 6, 1962 in Imperial, Nebraska.  He was a devoted family man, enjoyed his children, Brad and Lori, and grandchildren Tayshawn, Mya, Jeremiah and Evan.

Frank served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army.  He had three careers ---first in banking at the Albion National Bank in Albion, Nebraska and the First Tier Bank in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Second, he worked for the Nebraska Cooperative Extension Service in several counties in eastern Nebraska, ending in Dakota and Thurston Counties.  He received many awards for excellence in programming in conservation tillage, forestry and horticulture, and environmental areas.  He also received the Distinguish Service Award from the USDA.

Frank especially enjoyed working with 4-H and youth.  He prided himself in having a well run 4-H part of the County Fair.  He and Marilyn led a group of 4-Hers to the 4-H Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. in 1980.  He received the Friend of Youth Award presented by the South Sioux City Chamber of Commerce.

In retirement Frank enjoyed traveling with Marilyn, playing bridge, walking, and recycling aluminum cans.  He enjoyed all sports and was an avid Kansas City Royals fan and all the Husker sports. He started his third career as a volunteer driver for the Senior HelpMate program.  He received the Volunteer of the Year award from Woodbury County in 2015.

Frank was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church in South Sioux City, where he served as an Elder and Deacon.  

Frank was a kind man and friend to all.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, South Sioux City or Hospice of Siouxland.

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