Lee Morehouse

Lee D. Morehouse, 89, of 33 Walker Ave., Bradford, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2013 peacefully, in the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born January 13, 1924, in Derrick City, he was a son of the late Harland and Margaret (Fineran) Morehouse. He was a 1939 graduate of Great Valley High School. Mr. Morehouse enrolled at St. Bonaventure in 1940 and joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. His studies were interrupted in 1943 when his class received orders to report to Active Duty during WWII. After serving stateside and in Germany, he returned to graduate with a Bachelor degree from St. Bonaventure in 1947.

On June 19, 1949, in Ellicottville, NY, he married Lois C. (Buerger) Morehouse, who died May 2, 2012.

In 1951 he was recalled to Active Duty and served in the Korean War as a Field Artillery Forward Observer. After returning from Korea in 1953, Mr. Morehouse entered the Army Reserves and continued to serve his country for 21 years when he retired at the rank of Major; he remained active in the Military Officers Association of America and various other Veterans groups.

Upon his return to Bradford in 1954 he was employed as a salesman at WHDL in Olean and WESB in Bradford, and prior to his retirement he served as President of Bovaird Company. He was a longtime and active member of Grace Lutheran Church and Lutheran Laymen's League. He served as Bradford City Councilman and on the Bradford Water Authority Board. He volunteered at the Federal Prison in McKean County where he would visit inmates and share his faith with them. He had many other affiliations in including Salvation Army, Kiwanis, Bucktail Retired MOOA Officers and Barber Shoppers.

Surviving are two daughters, Amy (Lynn) Neely, of Olean, and Laura (Mark) Shade, of Fort Knox, KY, three sons, Gary (Laurie) Morehouse, of Charlotte NC, Mark (Midge) Morehouse, of Brewer ME, and Craig (Cindy) Morehouse, of Houston TX, 14 grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two grandson Nathaniel Shade who died March 6, 2002, and Cole Neely who died January 5, 2013, one brother Frank Morehouse and one sister Norma Salvucci.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday November 8, 2013 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 372 East Main St., Bradford and again on Saturday from 10:00am to 11:00am at the Grace Lutheran Church at which time funeral services will be held with Rev. Patrick Cox, Pastor officiating. Military Honors and burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church 79 Mechanic Street, Bradford, PA 16701 or Salvation Army Clarence St., Bradford, PA 16701 or a charity of the donors choice.

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