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Raymond Moser

1931 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Raymond Moser Obituary
Raymond Moser
January 17, 1931 - August 9, 2014
Raymond Moser, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, died peacefully in his home on Saturday, his family by his side, after his long and valiant fight with cancer.
Ray, one of nine children, was born on a Sutton, Nebraska farm to Theodore and Clara Moser. Like many midwestern farm families in the 1930's, their family had to pack up their lives and move west. The Moser family settled in Lodi, California in 1937. Ray graduated from Lodi high school where he played basketball and was the senior class president. He continued his basketball career, first at Stockton City College and then as a member of the Cal Berkeley Varisty team where his unyielding loyalty to his beloved Bears was born. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1953 and chose to serve in the military as a Liuetenant Commander in the U.S Navy. He served for 3 years, with stints in the Philippines and Japan, and continued in the Naval Reserves here in the Bay Area for another 18 years.
After his naval experience, Ray entered the real estate world, first in the Berkeley area, then moved to Alameda where he opened Ray Moser and Associates, which later evolved into Rasar Inc., the real estate investment business which he owned and operated for over 45 years.
He married the love of his life, Sandra Gillis, on June 25, 1960. Ray and Sandy had three children, Mark, Gail and Dana. During the early years of their marriage, Ray ran for political offices twice; however, his failure to win only proved a blessing to his family as they never had to move.
Ray was a man of God who served his Lord by loving and serving others. He and Sandy have been members of the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley (where they met) for over 55 years where Ray served as a Deacon, an Elder, and on various committees. Ray also started the Alameda chapter of Young Life, an organization which reaches out to youth with the love of Christ.
Ray contributed to his local community as a long time member of Alameda's Rotary Club, a City Planning Board member for several years, a Young Life volunteer, and - in his children's younger years - as a coach for various youth sport teams.
Above all else Ray was a family man who served and loved his family as he did his Lord, with complete devotion, faithfulness and love. Four of his siblings - Lavera, Ruben, Vernita, and Ervin - have passed on. Ray is survived by Sandy, his wife of 54 years; his three children - Mark , Gail, and Dana; his eight grandchildren - Luke, Taylor, Stephen, Lindsey, Zach, Kelsey, Max, and Mark; his sister, Gloria and three of his brothers - Gilbert, Larry, and Ted; his two sons-in-law, Phil and Paul, and daughter-in-law, Lisa; various (and beloved) nieces and nephews - and a long list of brothers and sisters in Christ.
Though Ray battled cancer the last years of his life, he remained to the end a man of optimism, hope, joy, and humor - and it is this legacy that we celebrate. All are welcome to join us at a memorial service honoring this incredible man on Friday, August 15th at 1p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley: 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA. Go Bears!
Published in Inside Bay Area on Aug. 13, 2014
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