Obituary for Jack Ludwig Moseley
Jack passed away on April 23, 2018, not long after saying “I love you” to Bonnie, his wife of 55 years. She claims, it was because she allowed him to eat his dessert instead of the zucchini that evening, but we all know better. Jack was a loving and caring father to his daughter Peggy and her late husband Larry, his son Kelly and wife Kathy, his son Patrick and wife Tamara, and daughter Susan and husband Lon. He was known as Papa to six grandchildren: Russell, Bobbie Jo, Patrick, Thomas, Kaitlyn, and Zachary; and six great-grandchildren: Jaci, Kati, Ayzlen, Alexander, Lydia, and Ilah.
Jack Ludwig Moseley was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Frederick Norman Moseley, Jr. and Fern Spolander Moseley on May 16, 1937. Jack lived in multiple states and even Germany, as the family moved for his father’s army career. Jack excelled in school, being first in his class, even after taking multiple requested “holidays” for his actions and pranks.
Jack married Bonnie at the Community Presbyterian Church in Brigham City, Utah on March 1, 1963. In the following years, he moved his family to Waco then Odessa then to Irving in 1972, where he resided until his passing. Later while living in Irving, he became an Elder at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church. He spent time volunteering at The Stewpot and Irving Arts Center, and was a supporter of Irving Cares.
Jack was a lifelong student and enjoyed pursuing higher education. He obtained a Bachelor’s of Chemical Engineering (1958) and a Master’s of Industrial Management (1959) both from Georgia Tech and a Master’s of Engineering (1972) from Texas Tech as one of the first graduates of Texas Tech’s “flying professor” program. He had a desire to continue to pursue higher degrees, but determined his family responsibilities came first. He took those family responsibilities serious, even being late to a meeting because he had to play “chutes and ladders” with his daughter.
Jack started his career as what every boy dreamed you grew up the fifties, a rocket engineer. Then he became a respected consultant engineer in the Water/Wastewater field for 40 years. He designed systems across multiple states as well as plants as far away as Bangkok, Thailand. His honesty and integrity was the very foundation of the Engineering Practicing Act. He was mentor to all including young engineers and designers, but especially to the women trying to advance in a male dominant field.
After raising their children, Jack with his wife Bonnie, spent their time traveling across North America, South America, and Europe countless times. Upon his return for the travels, he never really spoke of the sights he seen, but instead focused on the people he met and their stories. They enjoyed visiting the casinos and horseraces trying to spend the children’s inheritance, but found it difficult limiting themselves to 25 cent slots and two dollar “show” bets.
Jack with his “snarky” humor, intelligence, and competitiveness will be missed by those in his bridge, mystery dinner, game night, “hand and foot” groups, as well as his friends at Las Colinas County Club. Jack had a passion for sailing and golf, which he enjoyed with family and friends.
There will be a memorial service for celebrating Jack’s life on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church, 3650 North O’Connor Road in Irving. A reception will immediately follow in Hancock Hall at the church so all can share stories and share in fellowship with the family.
In memory of Jack, the family request in lieu of flowers, donations are made to Irving Cares. Irving Cares parallels Jack’s support of family and the community (https://irvingcares.org/product/donate).