John 'Jack' Moser, 87John F. "Jack" Moser died late in the day of March 22 supported by family and prayers from loved ones.
John F. "Jack" Moser died late in the day of March 22 supported by family and prayers from loved ones.
John Francis Moser was born on April 13, 1924, in Hudson, Wis., to Frank and Burniece Moser, and from that day on he was "Jack." He lived his early years in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, then moved with his parents to La Crosse, Wis. After graduating high school in La Crosse in 1942, he worked on iron ore boats on the Great Lakes to earn his salt water papers so he could enlist in the U.S. Merchant Marine and help "deliver the goods" to the Allied forces during WWII. After the war he attended college in Eau Claire where he honed his writing skills. Jack's love of writing began in his youth and carried him through his professional years as an advertising copywriter at the G. Heileman Brewing Company, the La Crosse Tribune, and then to a 37-year career at the St. Paul Dispatch and Pioneer Press. But Jack couldn't put his pen down, so after retiring from the newspaper in 1990 he partnered with his wife to start JD Communications & Marketing, working with many businesses in the east metro and western Wisconsin area until 2005 when a brain tumor started stealing the words from this lover of the English language.
Jack was a devoted husband, father, and stepfather, and a loyal-and-forever friend. He was filled with zest and a passion for life, with a contagious laugh, a happy whistle, a firm handshake and a delightful sense of humor. He was a spiritual man who enjoyed quiet worship in God's natural cathedral as well as at Peace Lutheran Church where he was a longtime member. He was a compassionate, sensitive and giving man who felt the needs of others and sought to help - especially innocent children and animals.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents.
He leaves behind his wife and soul mate, Diane (Minnie to his Mickey on the joyride of life); his three sons, Rick (Jan) of Shoreview, Minn., Robert (Alice) of Hudson, Wis., Thomas (Lisa) of Chanhassen, Minn., and stepson, Mitchell Wersal of Golden Valley, Minn.; six grandchildren, Ryan, Annie, David, Shannon, Scott, and Sydney. As an only child Jack yearned for siblings, and was so happy to get six of them when he married Diane, along with in-laws and nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank all the Adoray Home and Hospice caregivers and volunteers, the staff and caregivers at Comforts of Home in St. Croix Falls, and the staff and members of Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser for the comfort and support they provided.
A memorial service and celebration for Jack will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 30, at Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser, Wis., with visitation Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. Interment with military honors at Willow River Cemetery in Hudson. Memorials preferred to help the innocents.
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