IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - Former Pendleton resident Willis Dale Moser, 83, of Ammon, Idaho, died of cancer Sunday, June 14, 2009, at Turtle and Crane Assisted Living Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20 at the Ammon LDS 1st Ward Chapel, 3000 Central Ave., in Ammon. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be at the Ammon Cemetery with military rites by the Bonneville County Veterans Team and the Idaho Honor Guard.
Mr. Moser was born Aug. 19, 1925, in Pendleton to Albert William Moser and Leona Claire Bowman Moser. He grew up in Pendleton, Pilot Rock and Milton Freewater. He graduated from Pendleton High School in 1944. He served in the Navy on a mine sweeper in the Asiatic Pacific during World War II. He received three medals during his naval service. Following the war, he attended watchmaker's school in Los Angeles, Calif.
In 1957, he married Betty Barbara Reese Morris in Milton Freewater. He worked at Donnelly's Jewelery Store in Pendleton. In 1961 he purchased the Pioneer Motel, which he owned and managed for 12 years. In 1976 he purchased a mobile home park in Albany, and in 1999 they moved to Ammon, Idaho.
Mr. Moser is survived by his wife, Betty Moser of Ammon; daughter Kelli Andrews of Ammon; stepson M. Paul Morris of Richland, Wash.; sister Carol Elliott of Pilot Rock; eight grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and granddaughter Janeal Andrews.
Condolences may be sent online at www.coltrin mortuary.com.