Ray B. Moses

Jan. 4, 1922-March 24, 2003

HERMISTON — Ray B. Moses died Monday, March 24, at the Good Samaritan Center in Hermiston at the age of 81.

He was born on Jan. 4, 1922, in Jacksonville to Bert and Gladys Skelton Moses. He attended schools in Medford and Umatilla, and joined the National Guard on July 15, 1940, serving with the U.S. Army 41st Division. His ship was diverted to Australia after Pearl Harbor was attacked, and was in The New Guinea Campaign when he was hurt. He was discharged from the service on Oct. 16, 1944.

He married Fay Davis on Dec. 23, 1945. They lived in Yakima, Wash., from 1946 to 1950 where he worked for the Yakima Post Office. He transferred to the Hermiston Post Office in January of 1951, where he started as a window clerk and dispatcher. He retired in 1978 as the postmaster.

He was a life member of The Disabled American Veterans; past member, president and Kiwanian of the Year (1973-74) of Kiwanis; and he had been a member of the Elks Lodge for many years.

After his wife, Fay, retired, they spent 11 years living in their motorhome full time. They spent the summers enjoying the ocean fishing at Newport and the winters in the south. They enjoyed traveling and trouring throughout the United States.

He is survived by his wife, Fay; sons, Ronald of Meridian, Idaho, and Donald of Hermiston; daughter, Christina Brown of Umatilla; sister, Sadie Zachow of Lewiston, Idaho; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Gladys Moses; brothers, John and Rex; and sister, Viola Luckart.

A memorial graveside service was held Wednesday, March 26, at the Hermiston Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston was in charge of the arrangements.

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