Richard E. Moser, age 99 of Highland, IL, died Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Faith Care Center in Highland, IL.
He was born January 29, 1918, in Pocahontas, IL, the son of Edwin and Frieda (nee Lorenz) Moser.
On September 18, 1940, he married Mildred L. Haller at E & R Church – Highland, IL. She passed away on September 23, 2006.
He was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ. He was also a member of VFW Post 5694 – Highland, IL (life member); Lee Iten Post #439, American Legion – Highland, IL; Golden Gate Civic Association(past president); German American Club “Germuetlichkeit”(7 times past president, honorary member, and charter member); Highland Masonic Lodge #5694 AF & AM (joined in 1956) (2 times Worshipful Master); ARABA Temple Shrine Club (past president) (“Joker” Clown Unit) , Napels Shriner Club; charter member of Naples United Church of Christ – Naples, FL; former Highland City Council Member .
Richard was born in Pocahontas, IL; grew up in Highland, IL. He served with the U.S. Navy with duties in the Pacific Fleet during WWII. He had owned Moser Farm Supply, and he was part owner of Highland Building Supply. In 1967 moved to Golden Gate, FL. While he was living in Florida he was a home finisher for new construction. He and in wife returned to Highland in 2006. He was in the “Joker” Clown Unit with the Shriners at age 70. He loved entertaining children with his creative balloon animals. He taught himself to play the guitar and button accordion. He enjoyed entertaining and playing music in several German Bands, nursing homes and local events. He was a master woodworker and created furniture and toys from all types of scraps. He also enjoyed playing cards, baking and traveling. He was on the Highland City Council when decisions were made to create Silver Lake and build the Weinheimer Community Center.
Survivors include :
Son – Richard J. “Rick” (Kathleen A.) Moser, Southaven, MS
Daughter – Sandra G. “Sandi” (Dan) Sweeney, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Brian L. (Joyce) Sweeney, Vienna, VA
Grandchild – Lt. Charles E. Moser, USAF, Southaven, MS
Grandchild – Mary G. Moser, Southaven, MS
Grandchild – Peter E. Moser, Southaven, MS
Great Grandchild – Neela E. Sweeney, Vienna, VA
Great Grandchild – Dexter D. Sweeney, Vienna, VA
Great Grandchild – Jade J. Sweeney, Vienna, VA
Sister – June L. Franz Bohnenstiehl, Highland, IL
Brother – Morris L. (Verla) Moser, Highland, IL
He was preceded in death :
Father – Edwin R. “Cheese” Moser – Died 10/05/1964
Mother – Frieda L. Moser, nee Lorenz – Died 05/14/1963
Wife – Mildred L. “Millie” Moser, nee Haller – Died 09/23/2006
Grandchild – Neil A. Sweeney – Died in 1991
Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL and from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL. Masonic services will be held at 7:00 PM.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL., with Rev. Christopher W. Hill officiating. Militarty Honors will follow at the funeral home by VFW Post 5694 and American Legion Post 439.
Private interment will be at Highland City Cemetery in Highland, IL.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.