BYRL FRANCIS "MOSE" MOSELEY
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Byrl Francis "Mose" Moseley, beloved husband, cherished father and grandfather, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 in Chico.
Surely God had a special plan on February 16, 1925, the day that Frieda Nadine was born to Lowell and Eula Ham in Broseley, Missouri ... the very next day, less than 200 miles away, in Brookfield, Missouri, Byrl F. "Mose" Moseley was born, the only child of George and Nellie Moseley.
As a youngster, Mose and his parents relocated throughout Missouri and Wisconsin, as his mom and dad followed opportunities working in shoe manufacturing. Mose was very close to his Grandparent's Moseley, and cousin, Bobbie was among his favorite playmates. He loved to play baseball, basketball, honed his "survival skills" by hunting squirrels and always made room for his favorite dessert, icecream.
In early summer 1942, Mose and his parents moved to Broseley, Missouri. Mose went to work, first at Piggy Hogg's Cafe and then "moved up" to a better job ... as a "soda jerk" at Martin's Drug Store. Frieda was working that summer as assistant manager at the luncheon counter at Woolworth's and that's when fate intervened. One evening after work, Frieda and her friend, Edna, decided to go to Martin's Drug Store for a cold drink ... Mose was working that night, and both Mose and Frieda were immediately "smitten".
Mose and Frieda attended their Senior year at Poplar Bluff High School. They became engaged at Christmas that year. In February 1943, Mose was inducted into the United States Army. Mose and Frieda were married on April 3, 1943, in the Second Baptist Church. They graduated high school May 13th and "Uncle Sam" called Mose to basic training at Jefferson Barrack, Ft. Custer, Michigan just 6 days later.
Mose trained as a Military Policeman and served in Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina with Frieda joining him in Virginia and Alabama. During Mose's stay in South Carolina, Frieda moved to Antioch, California with her parents. On November 28, 1945, Mose and Frieda's first son, Larry was born. In February 1946, Mose completed his service in the Army and joined Frieda and Larry in Antioch.
In Antioch, Mose worked for the Bureau of Reclamation, doing survey work and also worked at the local paper mill.
In 1947, the family moved to Sacramento, where Mose enrolled in Sacramento Junior College as a Business major. In 1949, Mose, Frieda and Larry moved to Southern California so that Mose could continue his studies. He attended the University of Southern California, and went to work at Douglas Aircraft. The family lived in Encino and Woodland Hills.
While studying at USC, Mose worked at Golden State Ice Cream plant, and later as a milkman for Golden State Dairy.
On February 24, 1951, Mose and Frieda's second son, Rex was born in Los Angeles. Mose was hired by Lockheed Aircraft in Van Nuys, serving as a Cost Estimator, negotiating projects with the United States Air Force. In 1957, Mose was transferred by Lockheed to their Sunnyvale location. The family lived throughout the area, including Santa Clara, San Jose, and Saratoga.
Mose and family were actively involved in their church in each community that they lived. Family vacations included trips to Yellowstone, the Seattle World's Fair, Disneyland and Moseley family reunion in Missouri. As a member of the Mason's, Mose supported his older son, Larry as a DeMolay dad. Mose also enjoyed participating in Y Indian Guides with his younger son, Rex.
Mose had a distinguished career working for Lockheed for 33 years, taking an early retirement in 1983. Convinced by Lockheed that "only he could do the job", Mose stepped out of retirement to go back to work for Lockheed part-time for another 7 years. Mose also served as a support to Frieda in her successful residential real estate business as owner and broker of Moseley Real Estate.
Mose and Frieda enjoyed many adventures. They traveled to the Holy Land, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Switzerland and Egypt. Highlights of their travels included a 50th Wedding Anniversary Cruise with their family throughout the Caribbean and multiple trips to the Hawaiian Islands. Mose and Frieda thoroughly enjoyed vacations in their motor home and spending time at the beach with their family, especially their grandchildren, Larry's daughters, Lauri and Shelli, and Rex's sons, Taylor and Dustin.
In 1999, Mose and Frieda moved to Chico, where they "planted roots" in the community. Mose was a member of Bidwell Presbyterian Church, Newcomer's Club, SIRS, Shriners, and a 60 year member of the Mason's. Together, Mose and Frieda have supported Bidwell Presbyterian Church, the Salvation Army and the Boys & Girls Club. They have participated in and socialized with many local clubs and organizations. They also enjoyed concerts, plays and bible study.
Mose is survived by his dearly beloved wife of 69 years, Frieda; eldest son, Larry and his wife, Jan; and younger son, Rex and his wife, Debbie; four grandchildren: Lauri (Adam) Ziebarth, Shelli (Dale) Svendsen, Taylor Moseley and Dustin Moseley; three great-grandchildren: Tori and Halynn Burnham and Alexander Svendsen; brother-in-law, Herman (Mary Jane) Hamm; sister-in-law, Thula (Don) Keith, and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to acknowledge the entire staff at The Courtyard at Little Chico Creek for their immeasurable compassion and care that they shared with Mose.
Mose Moseley will be laid to rest at Chico Cemetery. A Memorial Service has been scheduled for Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in the Bidwell Presbyterian Church, 208 W. 1st. St., Chico.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mose Moseley may be made to the
, 2105 Forest Ave., Chico, CA 95928.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.brusiefh.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on July 31, 2012