The avid outdoorsman is laid to rest in his native Arkansas
Credit: Clint Wagnon

Chase Morland has been laid to rest.

Family and friends gathered at Butterfield Assembly of God Church in Van Buren, Arkansas to say goodbye to the 22-year-old avid hunter, who died during a duck-hunting trip with friend Craig Strickland during winter storm Goliath. A private family burial at Gill Cemetery followed the church services.

Morland “was an avid hunter, fisherman, basketball player and was always happy while outdoors,” read an obituary on the funeral home’s website. “God, family and friends was what Chase lived for.”

On Tuesday night, Strickland’s wife Helen attended the visitation for Morland, along with her late husband’s black lab Sam, who was also on the ill-fated hunting trip and stayed with Morland’s body until it was found on Dec. 28.

“We had the opportunity to go to Chase Morland’s visitation tonight,” Helen shared. “He was so loved by so many people. It was encouraging to be around his wonderful friends and family.

“Sam was also invited. He has truly been a comfort to all of us. We are so thankful the Lord blessed us with such a extraordinary pup.”

After authorities found the dog safe and sound, Craig’s family hoped that meant he might also be found alive as well.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol found Craig’s body on Monday. The singer had made it out of the lake where their boat had capsized and was found lying in the shape of a cross, on a hill about 75 feet from the water. In an Instagram post about her husband’s death, Helen revealed that he had succumbed to hypothermia and “experienced no pain in his final moments.”

Just days before the pair went missing, Morland posted an ominous tweet that foreshadowed their disappearance.

“In case we don’t come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm,” Morland tweeted.