We often measure life by our date of birth and date of death. Overlooking the dashes that lie in the middle that represent so much. Michael Costello Morehouse Sr. was a Son, Brother, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and friend, born on July 6th, 1934 to Elsie and Alton Morehouse. He was a man who never graduated high school but accomplished so much in his 89 years. He proudly served in the Korean war as a medic for both the Navy and Marines. He reported to duty at Great Lakes in 1953 where Jean Doddington was the intake personal, it was love at first sight. They got married 3 months later and he reported to her for the next 70 years. After his years of services he left the military to continue on his family legacy, for a simple farmers life for over 55 years. During this time he built a beautiful farm, home and family with his wife. Michael was a father and friend to three sons Michael Jr, Jeffrey and Dale. He dedicated his life to his family, friends and community. Michael started a Vineyard business that serviced all farmers, with his dedication to the farm life he recieved outstanding farmer of the year. He was the Commander for the Johnson-Costello American Legion, held a position on the board of directors at Soldiers and Sailors hospital, and was school board President for Penn Yan Central School District in the 70’s and 80’s. Michael was a simple man, who enjoyed a nice cold glass of Riesling and an intense card game with family. A true farm boy, who believed a day’s work was never done. He was a proud man who did not base his wealth off of money but the memories filled with love and laughter with his family. He always stated that if you have your family you are never truly alone. Most knew him by Michael, but he will forever be remembered as Papa and Huck by all those who will cherish his love in their hearts, until they meet again. ------ Now that is a dash…
Michael passed away peacefully on July 22nd 2023 surrounded by his family. He is now joined in heaven with his parents and siblings (Dan Morehouse, Alton Jr Morehouse, Molly Allen & Margaret Morehouse)
He will continue watching over his beautiful family including his wife Jean Morehouse, brother Bill (Bertha) Morehouse, sons Michael (Chris), Jeffrey (Michelle) and Dale (Missy). 13 grandchildren: Adam, Megan, Ryan (Molly), Alyssa (Michael), Josh, Eric, Lindsey (Shawn), Alex, Pat (Courtney), Desiree, Melissa, Rafael (Michelle) and Natalie, and finally his 14 great grandchildren. Additionally 24 nieces and nephews, and an entire community of life long friends.
The family will not be holding calling hours but a private service on the family farm where he will be buried. The family asks in Leui of flowers please donate to Bluff Point Methodist Church (3044 Kinneys Corners Road, Bluff Point, NY 14478) or Keuka Comfort Care (35 NY-54, Penn Yan, NY 14527).