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Obituary: Moser, Pat

Age 90

MOSER, Pat (Age 90) Died unexpectedly Thursday, November 21, at his home in Pullman, WA.

Born April 17, 1923, Pat moved to the United States from his homeland of Canada at the age of 16.

When first arriving in the US, he came to Colton, WA, where he lived with relatives working on the farm.

Pat added other trades to his occupation repertoire working for the Boeing Company as well as garnering the craft of becoming a butcher while living in Seattle and Spokane.

This newly acquired skill led him to purchase the Colton Market and become the youngest grocery store owner in the state of Washington.

Pat married, Lois Druffel, in 1949 and had six children: Marilyn, Guy, Carol, Gail, Dan and Joan.

While owning and managing the Colton Market, Pat was known for his ready smile and gentle way with people, yet his heart never left the farm.

So after 28 years of service in The Market, Pat commuted back to his roots in Canada, where he farmed for eight years and then continued farming in the Colton area with his son, Dan, to the present time.

Granddad, as he is lovingly called by his 11 granddaughters, one grandson and four great-grandchildren, is also known for his unfailing loyalty, passion and dedication to his family, and is notorious for his hand-made famous ‘Moser Caramels’ and exquisite clock-making, of which both skills have been passed lovingly onto his seven children.

Pat met Marlene Galpin while dancing at a widow and widowers support group.

They were married November 29, 1986 and he has been dancing with his bride for the past 27 years.

His new family includes two daughters, Lori and Amy.

He is survived by his wife Marlene, stepdaughters, Lori and husband Aldo Melchiori, Amy and husband Scott Krauss, son Dan and wife Nora Moser, daughters Marilyn and husband Jim Fullerton, Carol and husband Bruce Moehrle, Gail and husband Doug Boushey, Joan and husband Dean McSweeney, 11 granddaughters, one grandson and four great-grandchildren.

Pat is preceded in death by his two brothers; Norbert and Martin; his parents, Elizabeth and Martin; his first wife, Lois and son Guy.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 25, at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pullman, WA.

KIMBALL FUNERAL HOME of Pullman, WA is caring for the family.

The family suggests memorial contributions in Pat’s honor to the Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice.

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