Jeffrey ""Jeff"" Alan Moss passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Jeff was diagnosed with Stage IV gastric/esophageal cancer in November 2020. After his diagnosis, Jeff made the choice to focus on living life rather than dying, and that's exactly what he did. Although the cancer and subsequent treatments took a toll on his body, they could not rob Jeff of his work ethic or fighting spirit. He continued to work on his cabins as often as possible, rode his 4-wheeler just two weeks ago, and worked until Monday May 10, 2021.
Dr. Larry Larson, Jeff's oncologist, made a point to call Kim and express his admiration and affection for Jeff while treating him. Dr. Larson said Jeff was the most pleasurable and upbeat patient he had ever known.
Jeff was born on Feb. 15, 1966 in Sayre, Pennsylvania to Jackie and Ron Moss. He was raised in Wellsboro, but Alaska was his home. Jeff had a tremendous work ethic and was proud of his careers in the United States Air Force (USAF) and Federal Aviation Association (FAA). He married Kimberly ""Kim"" Cunningham Moss on June 7, 1986 and again on Thanksgiving, November 25th, 2004. Kim always says, ""I loved him so much, I married him twice!"". Jeff and Kim raised their two children, Jessica, also known as ""Jeffica," and Daniel ""Booky"" in Japan, Florida, Pennsylvania, and ultimately, Alaska.
Kim's favorite memory is wanting to go camping so bad that they loaded everyone up for an adventure and ended up 15 mins down the road at a sweet spot on the river. The whole family went, including Aunt Becky, and Grandma Sue, who just had hip surgery and had to be carried by Jeff! Kim recalls a joyful weekend filled with laughter.
Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Ron Moss.
He is survived by his wife Kim, their children Jessica and her partner Devon, Daniel and his partner Christina, his grandchildren Remy and Oliver, his beloved dog, Lexi, and not so beloved cats, Peter and Piper. Jeff is also survived by his mother, Jackie Moss and five siblings, Amber, Richard, Steve, Tom and Lori. He was their baby brother and will be missed more than words can say. Uncle Jeff will be forever missed by all of his nieces and nephews, adopted sons, daughters, brothers and sisters, his best friend Todd and his entire FAA family.
His proudest accomplishments were his children and grandchildren, Jeff loved being a dad and a Papa. Jessica's favorite childhood memory was sitting around the campfire with her dad and his buddies listening to country music. He would play the song, ""Should've Been a Cowboy"" and she would sit on his knee pretending it was a horse. Daniel fondly remembers when Jeff was the assistant coach for his middle school football team. They were undefeated and won the State Championship. It is such a cherished memory that Daniel still has the coaches sweatshirt Jeff wore. Remy said she couldn't pick just one favorite memory of her Papa. She says her top three memories are going to Turner's Corners for ice cream, him saying, ""Are you kidding me?!"" when she would say anything and it would always make her say, ""PAPA!"", and how he would often wink at her. Oliver can't tell us his favorite memory yet at 15 months old, but sometimes Papa would look at him, and burst into tears because his heart was full of love for that sweet boy.
Jeff loved Alaska and all it had to offer. He was in his element, and happiest either at his river cabin or lake cabin. He was never one to shy away from hard work and took pride in the fact that he and his nephew Chris built his famous river cabin and airstrip from the ground up. If he wasn't at the river cabin with Chris, he could probably be found with his best friend, Todd, working on something or scheming up another boy's trip. Jeff was always ready for adventure and lived for hunting, fishing, trapping, flying, riding 4-wheelers, snow machining, and camping.
He had a great sense of humor, and everyone that has ever met him has been impacted by him in some way. Stories of his antics will gradually ease the pain of today and become wonderful memories for his family and friends to cherish. Jeff told Kim recently he had no regrets and lived his dream, all thanks to her.
It was Jeff's wish that in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to cover funeral expenses, etc.
Account information is: Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Jessica Johnson (Memorial Account for Jeffrey Moss) Account No. 5015890 Routing No. 3252722021.
Lastly, please join us in honoring the Big Guy at the Mossarosa at 13451 East Norman Avenue, Palmer, AK 99645, on Saturday May 22, 2021 at 4 p.m. for a bonfire gathering. There will be excellent food, good music, ok beer, great whiskey, and lots of laughter and stories!
Published by The Wellsboro Gazette from May 19 to Jun. 2, 2021.