Jerome B MORSE

3 February, 19453 November, 2020

Jerry Benjamin Morse, a decorated Air Force veteran of 22 years and a retired casino cage cashier, passed away Nov. 3, 2020, due to leukemia. Morse was a 29-year resident of Las Vegas. He was born Feb. 3, 1945, in Compton, CA, but grew up in Snowflake, AZ. He served in the Air Force from April 1963 thru November 1985, serving primarily as a loadmaster, being deployed worldwide. During the Vietnam War, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for an April 29, 1972, “night low-level airdrop of critically needed ammunition to a besieged concentration of allied forces…. [I]n spite of heavy anti-aircraft fire and intense automatic weapons activity, Sgt. Morse performed his aircraft duties with exact precision, resulting in a completely successful tactical emergency resupply mission.” In Las Vegas, Jerry worked at Binion’s, and in Primm at Primadonna Resorts before joining the casino cage at The Mirage in October 1993.

In 1994, he met Henny while working alongside her. They fell deeply in love and married April 30, 2005. Jerry retired from The Mirage in December 2006. While together, Jerry and Henny enjoyed numerous cruises (Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Aruba & Mexico), traveling (England, Spain, Hawaii many times – he once caught a marlin there, Norway, etc.), concerts (Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Willie Nelson, Tom Jones, Engelbert Humperdinck, etc.), many trips on their various boats to Lake Mead and along the Colorado River (he loved to fish), and trips in their RV (Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, California beaches and Mt. Charleston). Jerry excelled at barbecuing and enjoyed serving as the family bookie and betting on college football. He was adored by his family, especially granddaughters Katherine Pappa and Mia Emerson, on whom he doted and whom he spoiled endlessly. Jerry belonged to the Sons of Norway Vegas Viking Lodge, where he volunteered for lutefisk dinners, towed the Viking ship in parades with his truck, etc. Jerry is survived by his wife, Henny Morse; stepson, Erik Pappa and his wife Colleen Wilson-Pappa; stepdaughter, Michelle Pappa; granddaughters Katherine and Mia; many cousins, nieces and nephews, in Arizona, Minnesota, Montana and Australia, and in-laws in Norway. He was pre-deceased by his father, Benjamin Morse; mother, Frances Salome Stull; sister Pearl Sutton; and stepson, Brian Pappa.

Services will be held Monday, Nov. 23 at noon at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nathan Adelson Hospice or the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 711.


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Sonja Whitt

22 November 2020

We have a lot of good memories.

Sonja & Bob Whitt

22 November 2020

Jerry was a great husband and grandfather. He was a kind and caring man. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends. He was very loved.

Sending our deepest condolences.

Love, Sonja & Bob

Ron Knighton

14 November 2020

I worked with Jerry at the Mirage. It was my great pleasure to know such a kind guy. He will be missed.

Betty Parris

14 November 2020

Bill and I want to express our Condolences to you for the loss of Jerry. He was a wonderful man. As Cousins Bill and Jerry shared many experiences as children and later they shared life in the Air Force together. Many events they shared when they were stationed together over twenty two years.
To me, Jerry was a kind quiet man until he got to know you. We loved visiting with you both in Las Vegas and here in Phoenix. Jerry’s love for you
was very open for all to see. We will miss him and know you will carry him in your heart until you meet again. Sending our love to you and family.
Bill and Betty

Rory Raymond

13 November 2020

So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I know he was a big part of your family. Blessed be his memory. May you all find peace and comfort,