LEVERETT - L. Z. Moulder, 74, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
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He was born Sept. 18, 1938, in Camdenton, Mo., to Howard V. and Lillie M. (DeGraffenried) Moulder.
He worked as a steam power engineer, spending his career working for the state, Belchertown State School, the University of Massachusetts and retiring from the Holyoke Soldiers Home.
He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and continued to serve in the Army National Guard for a total of 20 years combined.
He loved to work on cars, hunting and fishing. He and Betty enjoyed travels together in their motor home, and were members of Hilltown Chapter and Good Sam Camping clubs. He was past master of The Pacific Lodge of Masons in Amherst and a member of the Republican Lodge of Masons in Greenfield. He was currently Worthy Patron of the Unity Chapter #66 of Amherst Order of the Eastern Star. He was a member of the Moose Club in Greenfield and the VFW in Amherst.
He leaves his wife of 50 years, Elizabeth A. "Betty" (Field) Moulder of Leverett; a daughter Mary J. (Moulder) and her husband Roderick "Greg" Rawls of Millers Falls; a granddaughter Ashlea A. Rawls of Montague; and a grandson Jonathan T. Rawls of Millers Falls. He was expecting his first great-grandchild in July of this year. He leaves four brothers and one sister all from Missouri, Donald Moulder, Earl Moulder, Jimmy Moulder, Jackie Moulder and Wanita (Moulder) Cowan.
L. Z. was predeceased by his daughter Terry L. Moulder in 2006.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 21, at 10 a.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Calling hours will be Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service with a ceremony performed by the Order of the Eastern Star at 7:10 p.m. followed by an Evergreen Service performed by The Pacific Lodge of Masons at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, MA 01060.
Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Feb. 19, 2013