John Raymond Moyer (1931 - 2018)

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John Raymond Moyer died peacefully, Aug. 28, 2018, after a brief illness. John was born June 9, 1931, of Percival and Catharine (Curtis) Moyer in Buffalo, N.Y. He attended the Armor School in Armor, N.Y, until the family moved to Dundee, Mich. in 1942. In 1948, he graduated from Dundee High School where he was class president and valedictorian. He earned varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and track. In his senior year he was co-captain of the football team. He attended Eastern Michigan University, known then as Michigan State Normal College, graduating in 1952 with majors in chemistry and education. While there he sang tenor in a barbershop quartet known as The Normal Four.

On Aug. 31, 1952 he married Elizabeth Reber, his high school sweetheart and love of his life. They were married 66 years. He pursued graduate studies at the University of Michigan from 1952 to 1958, when he was awarded the degree of Ph.D. in chemistry. He joined Dow's Special Assignments program in 1958 and moved to a permanent position in the electrochemical research laboratory a year later. There he developed technology to defend Dow's Chlor-Alkali business. In 1970 he moved to the environmental research laboratory in the Michigan Division. He devised several processes for purifying by-product brine streams so that they could be recycled rather than discarded.

In 1976 he returned to Corporate Research's Inorganic Laboratory, which evolved into the advanced ceramics laboratory. There he was promoted to senior research scientist. He retired in 1993.

During his career, John was the author of numerous patents and scientific publications. In retirement John worked as a consultant for Caltech Industries in Midland, served as a director and teacher for the National Association of Investors (Betterlnvesting), and as a volunteer for MidMichigan Home Care as a visitor to hospice patients. He had a deep love of gardening, both vegetables and flowers; he also loved to travel with his wife and friends and enjoyed their winters in Hawaii.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he sang in the choir, served on the vestry and taught Sunday School to eighth graders and adults.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; children, Ann Moyer of Philadelphia, Jean (Don) Wakefield of Tualatin, Ore., Tom (Peggy) Moyer of Chattanooga, Paul (Paula) Moyer of Kewadin, Mich.; and six grandchildren.

Services will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3701 Jefferson Ave, Midland. Family will receive friends at Ware-Smith Woolever-Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St., Midland on Friday from 6-8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be made in John's name to Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Published in Midland Daily News on Aug. 31, 2018
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