1932 – 2015

SOUTH PARIS — Charles E. “Buster” Morse, 83, of South Paris passed away Sunday, Oct. 4, at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Mass.

Buster was born in Newry on Feb. 15, 1932, a son of Cyrus Clark and Edna (Jordan) Morse. He attended schools in Hanover, Newry, Bethel and Locke Mills.

Following high school, he drove a truck for Harris Tyler before entering the U.S. Army, where he served his country faithfully during the Korean War in the 40th Infantry Division.

After his return from duty, he married Shirley Crocket on June 30, 1956. She died on July 29, 1999.

Buster worked at ECKO Wood Products in Bethel for over 30 years. Following his retirement, he drove for Community Concepts and Western Maine Transportation, and had lived in South Paris for 18 years.


Buster enjoyed going to the Oxford Casino and playing games on his iPad.

Besides his wife, Buster is predeceased by his brother, John Morse; and two sisters, Lilla (Tura) Martin and Patricia (Patsy) Moxcey.

He is survived by two sons, Kelly Morse and his wife, Patricia, of Wilton, and Darren Morse and his wife, Corinna, of Harrison; three sisters, Ella (Flip) Morse of Auburn, Thelma Gaudet and her husband, Eddie, of Yarmouth, and Loretta Bryant of Rochester, N.H.; his significant other for the past 15 years, Mary L. Rust of South Paris; three grandchildren, Scott Morse and his wife, Jo, of Riverview, New Brunswick, Canada, Jessica Reichenbach and her husband, Josh, of Jay, and Chris Barron of Wilton; and six great grandchildren, Xander, Peyton, Mattea, Georgia, Kiptyn and Zoe.

Condolences can be expressed to the family at www.chandlerfunerals.com.

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