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Paul Raymond Moseley 1920-2011 WEST HOOSICK Paul R. Moseley, of West Hoosick, N.Y., passed away Wednesday March 9th at St. Peters Hospital in Albany, after a short period following a cerebral hemorrhage. He was born in Cambridge N.Y., on December 8, 1920 to Harold Moseley and Mabel (Easton) Moseley and raised in West Hoosick on the Old Maple Lane Farm. He was ninety years old. During childhood, his father Harold was a proprietor and managed an animal-feed-trucking business known as GLF. GLF later became part of a merger that was renamed Agway. Paul had one older brother, Arthur (predeceased). While he was a teenager, Paul took it upon himself to construct a barn behind the house for boarding chickens. This marked the beginnings of an early egg and poultry business of his own venture. He attended high school in Hoosick Falls and graduated in 1938. While in high school, a quiet girl by the name of Janette Kjelgaard spied his rural, but suave-allure and shortly after high school graduation, they were married. Paul was 21 and Janette 20. August 29th of 2011 would have marked their 69th year of marriage. After being married, Paul and Janette acquired a part of the original homestead from his father Harold and his uncle Clarence Moseley. This parcel was on the West side of County Route 103. It was here that they settled, continued in the poultry business, and ultimately raised five children. Paul added a few new barns and corn-cribs to help accommodate equipment, store feed, and ultimately expand the egg/poultry business. He sold eggs, farmed the land, put up hay, planted corn, wheat, barley, and also raised beef cattle. In the early 60's, together with his brother Arthur, they took over the (GLF) Agway business from their father and each ran an individual store, one located in Eagle Bridge NY, and the other in Hoosick NY. They ran the two sites for about 13 years. In 1962, Paul and Arthur both became interested in aviation. They took private flying lessons and together bought a small four seat Cessna aircraft. The two brothers had varying interest however and soon after Arthur sold his half to Paul. Paul was definitely an enthusiast and kept flying, building and maintaining his own airstrip which allowed him to keep the plane right on the farm. In the early 1970's the Agway stores became less viable and were sold. Paul independently sought out a new line of work and purchased an established trucking business in the milk industry. The farm-stead underwent minor realignment to support the needs and storage capabilities for a few very large trucks. The old chicken barn was modified to house an entire tractor-trailer for winter repairs as needed. The milk-trucking-business proved to be very steady work and consequently very demanding over the next 14 years. In 1987 Paul decided to retire from the trucking business and turned it over to his sons Harold and Scott. Paul then pursued a more relaxing lifestyle and devoted more time to his passion of piloting his Cessna 172. He flew privately until he was 75 in 1996. He then decided it was time to move on to less challenging hobbies, such as RV-Trailering. It was only three short years ago that he decide to give up the RV-Trailering and the open road to stay at home and "maintain" the house and lawn. During their life together, Paul and Janette were proud members of the Advent Christian Church of South West Hoosick, and the West Hoosick Baptist Church (last 50 years). They were also both members of the International Flying Farmers (33 years). Paul is survived by his wife Janette, and their children; Paula (and Don) Baker, Gerry (and Donna) Moseley, Harold Moseley, Ann (and John) Mayhew, Scott (and Terry) Moseley. Together, they also had 13 grand children and 14 great grandchildren (which includes two predeceased grandsons, Timothy Scott Moseley, and Glenn Edward Baker, and one predeceased daughter in law, Lucy Moseley). FUNERAL NOTICE: Visitation hour will be held on Saturday March 12th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the West Hoosick Baptist Church, West Hoosick NY 12028. The Funeral Service will immediately follow at 11 a.m., in the same location. Donations in his memory can be made to the West Hoosick Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the guidance of the Robson-Reinfurt Funeral Home of Hoosick Falls.

Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 11, 2011
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