William Henry Moses, 74, Tyrone, entered the eternal presence of God Tuesday at UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh.
He was born in Scranton, son of John Roswell and Mae (Britton) Moses. On Jan. 23, 1971, he joined his heart together with the Rev. Terryann Talbot-Moses, and they would soon have celebrated 43 years of marriage.
Surviving are his wife; a sister, Mary Janet Moses Heiss; and his furry family of canines, whom he loved very much.
William was a 1957 graduate of Abington High School and received a B.A. in business administration from The King's College, New York, N.Y., in 1962. He served in the Pennsylvania National Guard from 1957-62, where he attained the rank of staff sergeant and received an honorable discharge.
He was actively involved in the congregations of St. John Lutheran Church, Sinking Valley, and Grace Lutheran Church, Bellwood, where his spouse serves as interim pastor. He was well studied in the areas of history, theology and the Bible as well as military history.
For 20 years, William worked for the Home Savings Bank in White Plains, N.Y., as an internal auditor and security guard. He retired eight years ago after serving 17 years as an armed guard, driver and messenger for Brinks Inc. During retirement, he enjoyed caring for his canine family and supporting his wife in her ministry.
He had been a member of the Howard Gardner American Legion Post 281 for more than 10 years. He served in many positions but enjoyed serving as legion commander for years. He was an active member of the National Rifle Association, where he achieved the title of "marksman" shooter. He was an avid firearms enthusiast and enjoyed target shooting and hunting.
At William's request, there will be no public viewing. However, friends will be received from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. memorial service Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood. The Liturgy of Word and Sacrament will be presided over by the Rev. Gregory R. Pile, bishop of the Allegheny Synod, ELCA. He will be assisted by the Rev. P. Stevens Lynn of Grace Lutheran Church, State College, and the Rev. Jaime G. Olson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Duncansville.
A luncheon will follow the service in the parish hall of Grace Lutheran Church, Bellwood, served by members of the Grace and St. John congregations. All are invited to join William's family there. There will be a flag presentation by the Tyrone Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 548 Stevens Hill Road, P.O. Box 222, Tyrone, PA 16686; Grace Lutheran Church, 1114 N. Cambria St., Bellwood, PA 16617; or Pets Come First, 2451 General Potter Highway, Centre Hall, PA 16828.
Arrangements are by Richard H. Searer Funeral Home Inc., Tyrone.