Harold Moss, 84, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in Bozeman. He was born Nov. 5, 1926, to Frank and Anna Moss.
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He grew up working on the family farm and for other area farmers until he was drafted into the Army in 1951. He served in Germany until his discharge, and shortly after he married the love of his life, Harriet Ypma, on March 29, 1953.
Harold drove milk truck for four years in the valley and then went back to help on the family farm when his brothers were drafted into the Army. He bought the dairy cows and eventually purchased Pete and Jenny Schaper's farm and built a new dairy facility. He was president of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association and was active in the Bozeman Ag Chamber and served as secretary of the Bozeman Milk Producers for years. Later in life he became a realtor and was active on the Bozeman Realtors Board for 24 years.
Harold was a founding member of the Gallatin Gateway Community Church, where he served as an elder and was an active member until the time of his death. He joined the Gideon ministry in 1991 and served as president for three years as well as secretary a number of years.
He was a continual supporter of wounded veterans, a charity that was very dear to his heart.
Harold and Harriet were wonderful parents to Ronald, Donald, Dennis and Cheryl. They enjoyed being fans at the sporting events the children were involved in, and Harold enjoyed serving in Manhattan Christian School's Booster Club. They loved and prayed for their children and grandchildren daily, and together they shared God's message of grace and love to many.
Harold is survived by his children, Ron (Cheri) Moss, Don (Dorothy) Moss, Dennis (Kimberlee) Moss, and Cheryl (Kurt) Strutz; grandchildren, Bryan (Shannon) Moss, Megan (Brad) Baumann, Britney Moss, Chanteal (Bo) Stapler, Branden Moss, Cassie Moss, and Kyle, Kade, and Kody Strutz; siblings, Evelyn Veltkamp, Walter (Myrna) Moss, and Andrew (Darlene) Moss; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Eloise (Ken) Ligtenberg, Marge Ypma, Beverly (Bud) VanBall, Donna (Les) Ypma, and Dewey (Sylvia) Ypma; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Harriet, in 2010.
It was his express wish that any donations be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 1384, Bozeman, MT 59715.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Churchill Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church. Visitation with the family will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from May 12 to May 13, 2011