Vern Moss, age 82 of Ismay, Mont. passed away Saturday August 29, 2009 at the Billings Clinic in Billings, Mont.
Vern was born March 13, 1927, in Gillette, Wyo. the son of Dial & Mae (Donbarger) Moss. He attended grade schools in the Gillette area before moving with his family to the Ismay area in 1944 where he graduated from Ismay High School. Following high school he worked with his father on the ranch for a short time before entering the US Army. He served for two years in the Asian Islands during the Korean War before being discharged when he returned to the family ranch at Ismay.
In 1950, Vern and his father sold the ranch to Eugene Garber and Vern continued operating the ranch for the new owners along with operating his dirt moving construction business for 21 years.
In 1983, he established permanent residence on the Powder River, ten miles north of Locate. By this time, his business had expanded to include stock water pipelines. Projects he worked on covered a large part of Eastern Montana from the Little Sheep Mountains to Ekalaka, Moon Creek to Plevna and all points in between. The reservoirs, dugouts, acres leveled for irrigation and miles of pipeline installed over his life are numerous.
Vern was a good basketball player, playing through high school and later on the Ismay independent team and in the military. He enjoyed watching the neighborhood children play ball and compete with 4-H entries. He was very proud of the family brand HIH which is still on the weigh scales.
Survivors include a brother, Virgil Moss of Florida, 4 sisters: Thelma Schilling of Belgrade, MT, Yonna Andretta of Brandon, Oregon, Ruth Smelzer of Granbury, TX and Fern Kelzey of Tulalip, WA; a nephew, John Schilling of Billings, MT along with numerous nieces and nephews; and his close friends; the Griffin and Garber families. Vern was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Ralph Moss and a sister Edna Gregerson.
At Vern’s request he has donated his body to the WWAMI Program at Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. At a later date he will be buried at the Eastern Montana State Veterans Cemetery with full military honors. A celebration of Vern’s life will be held on Friday, September 4, 2009 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Ismay Fire Hall with a community potluck. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.