Milton Clarence Moser, 97, served as a radio operator in the U.S. Army during World War II

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Milton Clarence Moser
Milton Clarence Moser

Milton Clarence Moser, 97, of Wilmington, passed peacefully in hospice Tuesday, March 1, 2016, surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born in Pennsylvania on August 5, 1918, to William and Sadie Moser. He was a World War II veteran, serving as a radio operator in the 12th Army Infantry 4th Division who landed at Utah Beach, wading in water to his chin with his rifle over his head.

After the war, he moved to Milford, N.J., to work at Riegel Paper Corp. as a pipefitter. In 1957, he transferred to their plant in Riegelwood, N.C., to continue his career as a senior pipefitter, from which he retired after 40 years of service. He then opened a Ceramic Shop in Leland, which he closed after his wife’s death in 1993. Then he moved to Wilmington, where he resided until his passing. He was a member of Saint Matthews Lutheran Church. He has many friends and never met a stranger he could not make a friends with.

Milton was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Moser.

He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Spivey of Wilmington; son, Milton C. Moser II, and wife, Nita, of Arp, Texas; along with grandchildren, Wendy and Danny Langston of Wilmington, Tina and Eric King of Silverdale, Wash., Michael Moser of Arp, Texas, Lisa and Joseph Willis of Titusville, Fla., and Joel and Melissa Spivey of Wilmington; brother, Leander Moser of Sacramento, Calif.; several nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren; also a very special friend, Elsie Cates; and his beloved cats Scooter, Rusty and Spider.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, 3915 Oleander Drive, Wilmington. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor Sam Zumwalt presiding. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Care Center in Milton’s name.

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