Lawrence “Russell” Morse

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Lawrence “Russell” Morse, 96, passed away Sunday May 30, 2021 at Kansas City Hospice House.

Russell was born in Kansas City, MO on July 9, 1924 to William Lawrence and Lougenia (Henre) Morse. He grew up in Kansas City, KS graduating from Wyandotte High School in 1942.

In 1951 he went back to school and received Associate Degree in Accounting 

Russell has worked for Bendix Corporation, but primarily for the original Cramer Posture Chair Company.

He loved plants and was a lifelong gardener. He had a gorgeous backyard including a large koi pond and a upper smaller pond for tropical fish. Russell’s yard was on the Water Garden Society of Greater Kansas City Tour and they honored him many times by having his pond and garden on the cover of the magazine.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and “Jennie” Morse, his brother William “Earl” Morse, and sister Beverly Drake, nephews Terry Morse and Gary Morse.

He is survived by nephews Larry Morse and wife Angela of Raymore, MO; Kyle Drake and wife Cindy of Cleveland, MO; Scot Morse of Gardner, KS; nieces LaRissa Morse of Shawnee, KS; Jennifer Drake and husband Mark Dotson of Tucson, AZ; Great nieces and nephews Ryan Drake, Brent Drake, Leslie Parks, Tyler Morse, Rusty Morse, Alyssa Schmidt, Grant Morse, Lexi Morse, Kayla Owens and Chloe Morse. Great-great nieces and nephews, Holly and Chloe Parks, Theodore and Daniel Schmidt, and many cherished friends. He will be missed by all that knew him.


A celebration of his life will be held Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 22016 State Route D, Cleveland, MO beginning at 2 pm.


  1. Jennifer Drake on June 5, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Russell was a wonderful uncle. He was always the fun and “cool” grown-up when I was young. He taught me the “twist” and we would dance to his records when I was little.

    He loved wildlife, tropical fish, goldfish, koi fish and was an amazing gardener. He was a walking encyclopedia full of knowledge about plants and could grow anything! His beautiful pond and gardens were enjoyed by his family and many friends for decades.

    An enthusiastic Chiefs and Royals fan, Russell always enjoyed watching the games.

    He loved his family and many friends. In later years, he took his sister (my mother) to many of her chemotherapy appointments and kept her spirits up with his infectious laugh.

    There will be a hole in our lives without him, but he will live on in our happy memories of the times we spent together.

    • Kyle Drake on June 5, 2021 at 9:11 am

      Very well said Jennifer.

  2. Mike Carpino PhD on June 3, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Russell was a dear friend that I met at the YMCA. He was well liked by everyone and an accomplished conversationist. Most of the people remarked about his youthful look. As his eye sight diminished I would regularly call him as he had difficulty making calls. He was so kind as usual and appreciated the calls. He will be missed by all that knew him.

    • Kyle Drake on June 5, 2021 at 9:12 am

      Thank you for the kind words Mike.

  3. Kyle Drake on June 2, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Russell was a great uncle and friend to me all my life. I think one of the things I most enjoyed was his infectious laugh. I loved to make him laugh. I always enjoyed when he gave us gifts as a child, he would get down on the floor with us and play with us and the new toy. He made you feel like he was one of your friends that you played with all the time. He was always there as I was growing up, through most everything I did. When mom got ill with cancer he was right there to help the, family and her, any way he could. When he got ill himself all he could think and talk about was how he did want to be a burden to anyone. He always was so full of life and had a great outlook on life. Some of his last thought were how much he was going to miss his friends. I will miss him dearly

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