Morse W. Brossman Jr., 88, Brossman Orchards proprietor, former Ephrata School Board president

By on November 2, 2016

Morse W. Brossman Jr., 88, passed away on Oct. 27, 2016. A lifelong Ephrata resident, he lived his entire life on the same farm where he was born.

He was the son of the late Morse and Alzenia Brossman. Morse is survived by Mary Brossman, his loving wife of 63 years.

In addition to his wife, Morse is survived by his two sons: Randy and his wife Linda of Ephrata; and Doug and his wife Kate of Lancaster; four grandchildren: Theresa Ulrich; Bill Brossman and his wife Erin; Alissa and Adam Brossman; and five great-grandchildren: Logan, Blake, Kelsie, Zachary, Benjamin and Sam. He is also survived by his brother: Evan; a sister: Phyllis.

He was pre-deceased by three sisters: Corinne, Kathryn, and Martha Jane.

Morse graduated from Ephrata High School and attended Franklin & Marshall College, majoring in physics. He was a 32nd degree Freemason of Ephrata Lodge #665, past-member and former president of the Ephrata School Board, and an early member of the Ephrata Township Planning Commission. Morse owned and operated Brossman Orchards, and for many years was a fixture at his Ephrata Township farm; and the Shillington Farmers Market, selling their well-loved Brossman peaches and apples.

Family and friends will remember Morse for his love of boating and fishing the Chesapeake Bay, hunting pheasants on his farm and deer in the northern Pennsylvania mountains, his dogs, and over 60 years of skillful pinochle playing. He and his wife Mary also enjoyed traveling with their travel club. His grandchildren enjoyed helping him with Pop Pop’s garden, two acres of corn, tomatoes, and lima beans which the family enjoyed throughout the year. He could build or fix just about anything, and passed that skill onto his sons. In his later years, he was a voracious reader of spy and mystery novels. Nothing was more important to Morse than being able to help his family and friends. He was always there for them, and he will be greatly missed.

Services were held Nov. 1 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Ephrata, Rev. Henry E. Herbener, Jr. officiating. Interment took place in the Bergstrasse Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Morse’s memory may be made to the Ephrata Community Ambulance Association, 528 W. Main St., Ephrata PA, 17522-1738.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes, Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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