MEREDITH — Zane Grey "Zeke" Morrison, 69, of Meredith, crossed over on March 10, 2014 with the same suddenness and intensity in which he had lived.
Zane is now watching over his wife Elizabeth Morrison; his children Melissa, Zachary, Nathan and daughter in law Sherry, daughter Alicia and son in law Paul Giguere, and most especially his beloved granddaughter Cheyenne. He is predeceased by his much loved daughter Bettina Medora Morrison....they are probably looking for mischief in heaven right now together.
Zane will be very much missed by his brother and sister in law Randolph Morrison and Mary Morrison-nephews Walter and Carl; and his sister Mary Morrison Vandernoot and nephews Matthew and Christopher, nieces Jennifer and Stacy.
The world was blessed with his perfection on May 21, 1944. Zane grew up and ran wild in Weirs Beach, NH. His three siblings Medora, Randy, Mary, and his mother Mary Louise (Way) Morrison all did their best to keep him out of trouble. Family stories of his youthful exuberance and daring have made all who listened wonder how Zane lived into adulthood.
Zane served in the Army and Army National Guard for a total of 41 years. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and Desert Shield/Desert Storm War. In his Army years he drove tanks with grand finesse and bulldog tenacity. He liked to tell the story of driving over a 4 star General's motorcade when they refused to get out of the way of his tank. In the Army National Guard of NH he was an E5 Sergeant and he was deployed to Saudi Arabia/Iraq with his artillery unit. He had great stories he told, both humorous and somber, of his time in the Middle East. He found he had a gift as a "camel whisperer", attracting the local camels to his quarters with his snoring at night.
The quiet hero in him truly and visibly manifested through his service on the Laconia Fire Dept in the 60s and 70s and as a police officer with Laconia Police Dept in the 70s and 80s. As a fire fighter he worked out of the Laconia Fire Station and manned the Old Weirs Beach Firehouse. He had great stories of the night the Sweaterville Factory burned down and other such fires he fought. As a Police Officer his sense of duty and justice were strong and "by the book". Everyone was equal in his eyes and this gained him great respect and reputation with his fellow officers; and irritation/consternation with his "superiors".
Zane Grey was publicly recognized as a Hero by the City of Laconia for the rescue of a woman trapped in a fully engaged house fire on Church St. He entered into the blaze repeatedly until he was able to locate her then took her out through walls of flames to safety. Zane's eldest daughter remembers him coming home from his police work late that night smelling of smoke with his uniform singed and burns on his arms and hands. Zane told her he had "just gotten too close to a fire". Zane was not the type of man to make a big deal about his heroism, but the people around him honored him for putting his life on the line for another human that night.
Zane was also a guide for Fish & Game in the 1970s and 80s. He was an avid hunter/woodsman and fisherman. He knew his way in the woods and was an excellent marksman. Zane was a rabid history buff, especially all things Civil War, Scot, and American Military history; and Zane Grey Morrison was a story teller of the grandest scale...most true, some questionable, but all very entertaining!
Zane Grey "Zeke" Morrison was a strongly opinionated man with a true, strong heart. You knew where you stood with him and you knew he would do his best to help you when you were in need. He will be sorely missed by all who loved and knew him. We Love You Zeke....
Calling hours will be held at Mayhew Funeral Home (Routes 3 and 104), Meredith, on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Zane would probably have liked people to give to some charities that help non-government veteran assistance, animal shelters, and helping those in need or without homes.
For Zane's Book of Memories: www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com