William Henry Moseley
1924 - 2013
William H. "Bill" Moseley, 89, passed away October 7, 2013 of natural causes. The following is his story, in his own words:
"I was blessed with a wonderful family and many loyal friends. I had a good run with a lot of lucky breaks. I was born to William and Helen Moseley in Springfield, Illinois on June 18, 1924. I give credit to my wonderful parents for teaching me how to be responsible. I had two sisters, Margaret and Mary, both deceased, and my brother Jack, who was very successful and with whom I have stayed in contact my entire life. After graduating high school in Greencastle, Indiana in 1942, I went to Purdue University and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
"World War II had begun, so I enlisted in the Army during my freshman year. I traveled from Indiana to Fort Eustis, Virginia for basic training, then to Camp Haan, California, Fort Collins, Colorado, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In 1943 I went by boat with the 100th Infantry to France. We went on to Germany - Stuttgart, Mannheim, Heilbronn, Ulm, Strasburg, Karlsruhe - returning home in 1946.
"On June 1, 1946, I married Martha Tucker, to whom I had been engaged for six years. We were married 64 years, together for 70. We lost Martha on June 5, 2010. She was a great mother to Chris, Barb, and Bill. They all turned out great, probably because of her.
"The day Martha and I were married, we left for Santa Barbara, California. I went to USCB for one year, and then my dad and I started Santa Barbara Frozen Foods. We sold the company to a tuna canner in 1958, after which we moved to San Francisco where I took a job with the Berelson Company. We had the sales arm for Ore-Ida, and in 1968 I took a job with them and moved my family to Boise, Idaho. In 1971, when HJ Heinz purchased Ore-Ida, I decided to form the WH Moseley Company. Colleagues Morgan Masner and Tom Reeb were instrumental in its success; however, the glue that held it together was Norma Mitchell and Shirley Osborn. Thanks to them, the company stayed successful and is still active today.
"I was lucky due to the help of many friends, including Bill Endico, Bobby Hana, Allen Noble, Tom Zemlicka, Ernie Voigt, Dave Cavera, David Jepson, Linda Payne Smith, and Winston Moore.
"But I am most thankful for my family: daughters Chris Hays (Ron), Barb Sullivan (Lance), son Bill Moseley (Dr. Annie Mohler); grandchildren Nick Korte, Allison Korte (Matt O'Brien), Paul Korte, Julie Johnson (Joel), Kelly Brown (Roy Atkinson), Hank Moseley, Catherine Moseley; and great-grandchildren Magnus and Kai Johnson, Cru Atkinson, and Darby O'Brien. They are my blessings.
"The Boys and Girls Clubs of Ada County are doing wonderful things for the kids in Boise, Meridian, and Kuna. In lieu of anything else, your help to this cause would be greatly appreciated."
A memorial for Bill will be at 10:00am Monday, October 28, 2013 at the Boys and Girls Club, 610 E. 42nd Street, Garden City, Idaho. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, Boise.
Published in Idaho Statesman from Oct. 9 to Oct. 12, 2013
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