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Harry Edward (Ed) Moseley

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Harry Edward (Ed) Moseley passed away Friday, August 24, 2012, after battling with much patience various health problems for the past several years. Funeral services will be held at Burkhalter Chapel, Trinity United Methodist Church, 1000 W. Woodward Ave. in Ruston on Monday, August 27, at 11:00am. Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Jerry Hilbun of Trinty United Methodist Church. A Masonic service will then follow at the Chapel. Visitation will be at the Trinity Fellowship Hall from 10:00am until the time of the service. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston, under the direction of Owens Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Ruston.

He is survived by his children, Elinor and husband Dan Harrington of Pawleys Island, SC , Edward Moseley and wife Joy Sonnier of New Orleans, LA; grandsons Michael Moseley of Chevy Chase, MD, Matthew Moseley and Owen Moseley of New Orleans, LA, and step-granddaughter Frances Bryant of New Orleans, and several nieces and a nephew. He is predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Joyce G. Moseley, and brothers Jack Moseley and Bill Moseley.

Ed was born in New Iberia, LA to William and Mabel Riggs Moseley. He lived in the Philippines and in China for much of his early childhood, where his father worked for Texaco. Ed returned to New Iberia to attend high school, and then attended LSU in Baton Rouge where he graduated with a degree in chemistry. While there, he was in the ROTC program, and after graduation served his country in the U S Air Force, attaining the rank of Major.
After leaving the service, he went to work for Lion Oil Company in El Dorado, AR, where he met his future wife, Joyce, in a Sunday School class, and proposed after dating for only 6 months. In 1961 they moved to Ruston when he took a position teaching chemistry at Louisiana Tech University. Later, he returned to LSU Baton Rouge where he completed his PH.D in Chemistry, and continued teaching at Louisiana Tech for 33 years, until his retirement in 1994.
He was a very active member of numerous Masonic organizations including Ruston Lodge # 106 F&AM, the York Rite, the Scottish Rite and the Shrine. He served three times as Master of the Ruston Lodge, and also served as secretary of the Lodge for 25 years. As a member of the York Rite, he served as High Priest of the Royal Arch, and as a member of the Red Cross of Constantine, and as Illustrious Master of the Council. As a member of the Scottish Rite bodies, he served as Venerable Master, Wise Master, and for a time as Personal Representative to the SGIG; he also received a Knight’s Commander of the Court of Honor, and the 33rd Degree. As a member of the Shrine, he was a Noble of Barack Shrine, and served for a time as Divan, and as President of the Lincoln Shrine Club. He was also a member of the National Sojourners .

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and taught a men’s Sunday School class there for many years. He enjoyed travel, going on numerous cruises and other trips around the world with his wife, who was the owner of Ruston Travel Service for many years before her retirement. His trip to Israel and the Holy Land was particularly special for him. He and his wife also shared a love of classical music and opera. He was an avid reader, his interests ranging from scientific journals to biblical studies, historical fiction to science fiction. He continued to love watching LSU football, and he enjoyed attending his Golden Tiger fifty year class reunion, touring the stadium, and going out through the tunnel onto Tiger field.

He was a devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed.
Pallbearers will be: Joseph Gaido, Edward Lamkin, James E. Smith, Charles Edwards, Stephen Yeich and Micheal C. Melville; Honorary Pallbearers will be: Clarence E. Collins, Lyndon E. Dawson, Raymond Harris, Keith Elliott, Emory Ambrose, Joel Ambrose, Marcus Bailey, Charles Gullatt and Jason D. Crum.

Memorials can be made to the Monroe Scottish Rite Learning Center 205 University Ave Monroe, LA 71203-3701 , the Grand Lodge Dyslexia Learning Center P.O. Box 12357 Alexandria, LA. 71315-2357 , Shriners Hospital in Shreveport 3100 Samford Ave. Shreveport, LA 71103 or Trinity United Methodist Church 1001 West Woodward Ave. Ruston, LA 71270. To leave a memorial message for the family, please visit www.owensmemorialfuneralhome.com.

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