Oakley Eugene "Red" Moser Jr., 92, of Lower Burrell, passed away Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at 12:45 a.m. at his home. He was born Nov. 28, 1920, in Tarentum, a son of the late Oakley E. Moser Sr and Marie (DeBay) Moser.
He has lived the past 45 years in Lower Burrell. He had a brief minor league baseball career with the Richmond Rebels before returning to serve in the Navy during World War II as a quarter master on the USS Vincennes and USS Highlands. He began his career at Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp. in Brackenridge and remained there until his retirement in 1989 after 50 years. He was a manager in labor relations. Along the way, he served as the post commander of the American Legion Post 226 in Brackenridge, as president of the school board and as athletic director at St. Joseph High School, but he was most proud of his family.
Moser was the devoted husband of Gloria B. (Dallap) Moser for 54 years and he raised six children. He lived a rich and fulfilling life and leaves the world a better place by his having lived. He was a coach and mentor to many through the CYO and Little League baseball. He was a member of St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church in Lower Burrell and a 1938 graduate of Tarentum High School. He was also a past commander at Tarentum VFW Post 5758 and a member of Knights of Columbus. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Gloria B. (Dallap) Moser; his six children; Tracy (Robert) Gray, of Mt. Washington, Oakley E. (Susan) Moser III, of Tomah, Wisc., Dianne (Keith) Reger, of Irwin, Jay (Barbara) Moser, of Oakmont, Gerald (Karen) Moser, of Verona, and Erin (Frank) Means, of Greenwood, Mo.; grandchildren, Richard Moser, Oakley Moser IV, Derek Moser, Drew Reger, Taylor Gray, Joshua Moser, Corey Reger, Jake Means, Alexis Gray, Logan Means, Jenna Moser and Vaun Moser; his brothers, Larry (Brenda) Moser, of Cary, N.C., and Marlin (Joan) Moser, of Houston, Texas; and his sisters, Betty Adam, of Fawn, and Carol Sargent, of North Hills. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Melvin Moser; and his sister, Norma Jean McQuade.
Relatives and friends will be received from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., Tenth Ave. at Corbet St., Tarentum, 724-224-1526. Christian Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Margaret Mary Roman Catholic Church, Lower Burrell, with Monsignor James T. Gaston, pastor of the church, as celebrant. Interment will be in Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar Township. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Family Hospice at http://www.familyhospice.com, Faith in Action or Westmoreland County Food Bank.