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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa


Simon Ray MOSIER was born in Ringgold County, Iowa, on June 8, 1889 to Mr. and Mrs. Isaac MOSIER.

At age of twenty-one, Simon received Christ as Saviour and was baptized in the Oakland Baptist Church in the year of 1910.

On December 25, 1912, he married Lyda MOFFATT and to this union were born eight children: Pauline YOUNG of Philomath, Ore., Earl MOSIER of Elk Grove, Calif., Robert MOSIER (deceased), Viola CURRY of Sacramento, Calif., Dorothy MATTHEWS of Philomath, Ore., Georgia SMITH of Albany, Oregon, Marie NELSON of Silverton, Oregon and Don MOSIER of Pioneer, Calif.

Following the marriage, Dad and Mom took up farming. They farmed in Ringgold County, Iowa, until 1946 when they sold out and moved to the State of Oregon. In 1959 they moved to California, where they have continued to reside.

Dad leaves his wife; seven children; 24 grandchildren; 83 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Dad went to his Heavenly home on May 1, 1986, at the age of 96 years, 10 months and 23 days.

The memorial service was held at Andrews and Greilich Chapel in Sacramento, Calif. on May 5 at 10 a.m., with Pastor Ron NORMAN (First Baptist Church of Elk Grove, Calif.) officiating. Tribute was by Bob MATTHEWS. Solist was Diane (SMITH) BENSON and vocalists, Don and Kay (MATTHEWS) WOOD provided the music.

Casketbearers were grandsons (a representative of each of the eight children's families). Interment was at Camellia Memorial Lawn of Sacramento, Calif.

By request of Sim and Lyda MOSIER previously, memorial gifts received (besides the flowers) were equally divided between Dave and Christ NELSON, Missionaries in Philippines, and Darrell and Darlene SCHUH, Ministry to Cameroons in Africa.

At the beginning of the Memorial Service, great-granddaughter Cindy MOSIER read a tribute to Mr. MOSIER that she had recenlty written on "One of the most admired people of her life." Pastor Don WOOD of Sunnyvale, Calif., officiated the closing service at the cemetery. The friends and relatives joined together in singing Mr. MOSIER'S favorite hymn, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

Tribute to Dad, Simon Ray Mosier

To the family, let me say I don not propose to write of Dad as his Son in thefamily blood line, however through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, I can see Dad as you do and as I look at Dad this is what I see.

Dad's love was without boundary, his judgment was without prejudice and his honesty was without question. His love reflected the heart of God, his judgment reflected the wisdom of God and his honesty reflected the righteousness of God.

As one grandson put it, "He was the King of the family." This position gives us a treasured view of Dad. At times he seemed almost untouchable in his place of authority when, as his children, we erred in our way and he had to stand in judgment against us. However when we were falsely accused he would stand with us against the world.

At times, as King, he seemed to be without sympathy as he heard our case and seemed uncaring as he handed out the sentence, however as quickly as possible, with sympathy unmatched, he issued a complete pardon. As the King of the family he was often forced to make very difficult decisions and to those of lesser experience, his wisdom was questioned. But Time more often than not, proved him correct. We soon learned not to question his authority, to doubt his sympathy or refuse his wisdom because they were all Heaven-sent.

At times his hand seemed hard, his voice cold and his heart unyielding. But in the darkness of night, while his family rested, he would lift his hands to God in paryer, his voice to God to plead for mercy, his eyes to Heaven to search for truth and his heart to be refilled with the love of God.

God was his constant companion when he seemed to stand alone, his everlasting strength when he became weary, and his daily hope when all else seemed to fail.

Time will not permit, nor paper be sufficient to write all that Dad means to us. I believe, if Dad were here, he would say, "Don't write it, SHOW it." There is no one here who has not been or will not be influenced by Dad's life. Though his life is measured by years, his influence will be measured only by eternity. Life will be easier and more fruitful because our Dad passed this way. As anexample: Dad never seemed too tired or too busy to take his family to church to worship God. He was a faithful servant, a tireless worker and regular giver of his time, talent and money.

A grandson said, "I will never forget that Grandad said to me, 'If in doubt, cut it out.'"

His honesty was without question by his family, his friends or his neighbors. He often told his family, "If you cannot live your Christian life at home, don't put it on when you go out."

Dad's last words to many of the family and to a number of the nurses who so lovingly cared for him was "I love you and God Bless you."

We cannot pay tribute to Dad without thinking of Mom, his companion for over 73 years. She stood faithfully with him thrugh the good and the bad. They rejoiced together over the good and cried together over the bad, but they always stood together. We shall thank God eternally for both of them.

Dad lay in the Convalescent Hospital for some six years and awaited anxiously the coming of his family and friends to see him. Nothing has really changed except his position of waiting. Now he waits for us in Heaven and will be there to welcome us home.

We sorrow for ourselves because we are lonesome but we rejoice for Dad because he is now in the presence of his Lord and Master.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, October of 2010

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