Edwin Moos, 96, of Circle, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in the McCone County Nursing Home in Circle.
Mr. Moos was born May 3, 1917, the second of eight children of Henry and Lydia Knopp Moos. The family lived in the Watkins Community south of Brockway. He began school at the Parks’ home and then went to the Gackle School one mile east of his home after that schoolhouse was built. The little school was moved about one and one-half miles north of their farm and Mr. Moos studied there until he went to Brockway High School. He was a serious student and worked at the dormitory to help pay his way in school. He graduated from Brockway High School in 1935.
Education was very important to Mr. Moos and while there was no opportunity for higher education for him, he made sure that his children did have that opportunity. As a young man, he worked for area farmers and ranchers until he could begin to farm on his own.
He married Ida Naasz from the Little Dry area of Prairie County on May 23, 1940. The couple moved to their farm 12 miles west of Circle and began their 69 years together with love and hard work.
Their “home place” began with a 1928 steel-wheeled Twin Cities tractor, a 10 foot drill, a 3-bottom plow and a used McCormick pull tractor. The original farm consisted of one section of deeded land and one-half section of leased land. Mr. Moos purchased his original land for $4 an acre and seeded 150 acres of spring wheat. They had about 10 cows, a few pigs and some chickens. They lost their first child, Orvin Lee. Doline, Don, Janice and Eldon completed their family.
As years went by they raised their children and expanded their farm. Mr. Moos was the foreman when the Congregational Church was built in Brockway. He was an original member when the Congregational Church was built in Circle; that same building is now the Stevenson mortuary.
He built his own home in 1953. It didn’t matter what it was — a pocket watch when he was a kid, a gas engine of his mother’s washing machine or the plan and construction of his house — he could take things apart and figure out how to put them together to work perfectly. He was quick to get new things; electricity, running water, indoor plumbing, TV and farm equipment, so his family always had new conveniences and the best he could provide.
Mr. Moos was a respected County Commissioner from 1966 to 1984. He was a member of the TV Booster Club and the McCone County Museum Board.
He loved music and had a natural talent with the mouth organ, button accordion, piano, organ and guitar. This love and talent was passed to his daughter Janice and son Eldon. Doline and Don learned his love of the land and both farm today; Doline on the farm where Mr. Moos grew up and Don on the farm that Mr. Moos started as a young man.
Mr. Moos was a much loved big brother because he always took time to play board games or cards with his siblings. He taught his children to play cards and love the games. Pinochle was the favorite, but they all liked Whist, Canasta, Poker and any game that could be dealt. Cards and coffee with good friends were his lifelong enjoyments.
Fishing was his recreation and his thinking and talking time. Going fishing was the time he passed on history and stories to his children and grandchildren. He also worked out plans to expand his farm, sell his cows, build new things and fix old things while he was fishing. He wasn’t an impulsive man, he made well-thought-out decisions. He was responsible, stable, respected, admired and loved. In a life of 96 years, those are great accomplishments.
Mr. and Mrs. Moos moved into Circle in 2003 and she died in 2009. Mr. Moos was a resident of McCone County Nursing Home since 2010.
He is survived by his sister, Ella Fredrickson of Sheridan, Wyo.; his sisters-in-law, Lillian Moos of Miles City; and Annette Kaul of Missoula; his children, Doline (Earl) Fritz, Don (Nancy) Moos, Janice (Paul) Albert and Eldon (Dana) Moos; eight grandchildren and their spouses; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida, and his infant, son; his parents; three brothers; and three sisters.
Services are Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in the First Lutheran Church in Circle. Family will receive friends from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Services will begin at 11 a.m. with Committal Rites immediately following and luncheon served in the church basement. Burial at Riverview Cemetery will follow lunch.
Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made in Mr. Moos’ name to McCone County Senior Citizen Center, P.O. Box 442, Circle, MT or to the windows fund at the First Lutheran Church in Circle.