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Donald W. Morley

Donald Wayne Morley, 70, of the Pope Mills Road, Depeyster passed away suddenly at his home on April 14th, 2017.  As per Don’s wishes there will be no calling hours.  There will be a celebration of Don’s life this summer at a time to be announced.  

Arrangements are under the direction of LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home.

Donald Wayne Morley was born on February 1, 1947 in Ogdensburg. He was the son of the late Donald and Connie (Williams) Morley.  Don graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1965.  Don was a decoy carver and carved birds of all kinds.  He enjoyed being in the outdoors and his classic cars.  The guys at both garages brought him a lot of enjoyment as well as his stories with Bill Hitchcock and Mike Huot. 

Don is survived by his wife of nearly 49 years Marsha and his son Donnie and his wife Amanda.  He also has three step grandchildren; Josh, Andrew and Auston.   Two brothers survive him; John and Steve Morley and his wife Patti and sister Wendy.   He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Donations in Don’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be made at www.LaRuePitcher.com.

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Dear Marsha and Family... I met Don through my hunting partner, long time friend and outdoor mentor , the late Jack Wilson of Brockville, ON Canada. I deeply admired Don's wit... his gentle nature and humility... despite his prominence in the world of waterfowl carving.

I own and treasure several of his carvings and think of him and the rapidly disappearing "river rats" who defined the heritage of the St. Lawrence that we two countries share.

I wish him eternal peace and you... his family further blessings and health.
My condolences and warmest regards,

Bruce Sherman

Bruce Sherman May 5 2017 12:00 AM

Am sorry to hear about Don. My deepest condolences at this difficult time.

John Cordick Apr 24 2017 12:00 AM

Marsha and family,

We are so very for your loss. May God bless you in your time of sorrow. Don was a life long friend and a good man. It was always a fun time to visit your place....to see his latest creations, hear the stories of turtle stew, bring home a turtle shell or peacock feathers, and enjoy all the birds. We have enjoyed many of his carvings at our house over the years and will remember him fondly. He possessed such amazing talent. He was truly one of a kind and will be missed. We are thinking of you.

Doc & Linda LaComb and Sara LaComb Farley Apr 23 2017 12:00 AM

Marsha, Donnie & Family- So sorry to hear of Don's passing. Many happy memories of coyote hunting, waterfowling, deer hunting and fishing, in my youth, with Don and Dad. Still proud to own and display many of his decorative pieces from the early years; he was truly an outdoorsman and a talented artist. I'll always be grateful for the things he taught me about wildlife and the outdoors. We'll all remember him with a smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both and your families. Eric

Eric Roderick Apr 23 2017 12:00 AM

Marsha and Donnie,
So sorry to learn of Don's passing. I have fond memories of many wonderful visits at our house and yours, always with lots of laughs and stories- he always had time for a cup of tea. He had a great laugh, and a twinkle in his eye. He and Dad shared many adventures and endeavors over the years. He was truly a very talented individual who left his mark in the outdoor world, and I'm sure waterfowlers every where were aware of his wonderful work. Please accept Mom's and my condolences at this difficult time.

Lynn Roderick Apr 23 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. I was shocked and saddened hearing this news. Our families spent so much time together growing up. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

Gail Murdock Apr 21 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Morley

Melinda and Bob ellard Apr 21 2017 12:00 AM

I am soon very sorry for your loss

Melinda ellard Apr 21 2017 12:00 AM

Marsha and Donnie, i was very surprised and saddened to hear of Don's passing. I will miss our impromptu chats. I always felt welcome and very comfortable in your home. Don was a real treasure. My prayers are with your family. Scott.

Scott Bonno Apr 21 2017 12:00 AM

I am sorry for your lose. We knew Don and his wife for a very short time. But I enjoyed the time that we spoke about his peacocks and the animals that he had help like the turtle that he fixed the shell on He alwas seemed to have time to talk with me and my wife .

don and helen smithers Apr 20 2017 12:00 AM

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