Moses Berry, 93, of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at Living Center East in Cedar Rapids. Funeral Service: 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories with visitation one hour prior to service. Burial: St. George Cemetery.
Moses "Moe" was born Feb. 26, 1924, in Waverly, Iowa, living most of his life in Cedar Rapids. He graduated from McKinley High School in Cedar Rapids on June 3, 1942. On Oct. 30, 1942, during World War II, Moe enlisted in the United States Army Air Force where he was an AAF Air crew member with the 3035th Army Air Force based in the continental United States. His specialization was as an airplane and engine mechanic. He attended Army Air Force schools in Lincoln, Neb., Yale University, New Haven, Conn., Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Kingman, Ariz.
On Dec. 27, 1943, Moe changed specializations and was accepted into Aviation Cadet pilot training, later receiving a promotion to the rank of Corporal. He had an aeronautical rating classification of Aerial Gunner when he received orders to prepare for combat overseas, but World War II ended before he was deployed. Moe received an honorable discharge on Feb. 26, 1946, and was given the American Campaign, Good Conduct, and World War II victory medals.
His interest in flying never diminished after his military service, and he obtained and held a civilian private pilot's license for many years afterward. A dedicated bodybuilder as a young man, his performances included the "Mister Iowa" bodybuilding competition during the 1940s, placing second one year. While working as a bartender at the Armar Ballroom, Moe met and later married Roberta "Bobbie" Lawrence on March 20, 1949, and they remained together for 57 years until her death in November of 2006.
He enjoyed league bowling, carrying an average in the high 170s, and boating expeditions with the family boat named "Moe's Ark." Operating a shoe repair/sales business for a number of years at the Town and Country Shopping Center in Cedar Rapids, he later worked at the post office there for over 30 years. Moe enjoyed volunteering time as a polling district worker, and was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two sons, Scott and Mark; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary; sisters, Lena and Helen; brother, Carl; and wife, Roberta.
Memorials may be directed to St. Paul's United Methodist Church in memory of Moses.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.