Walter “Spike” Lysander Moser, Jr. was born on January 9, 1935, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and passed away on November 23, 2019, in Caro. He was the third son of the Reverend Walter L. Moser and Ilse Katherine (Poehlman). He received his Bachelor of Arts in history from Grove City College (Pennsylvania), and both his master’s and specialist degrees in education from Wayne State University. His teaching career spanned 35 years in the Rochester schools and five years as an associate professor of history at Oakland Community College. He was also a member of Delta Iota Kappa and served his country as a staff sergeant in the Pennsylvania National Guard and Army Reserve in Michigan. He married the estimable Carolyn Frances Easter on February 2, 1957, and they had five outstanding children.
During his teaching career, Spike coached the high school bowling and middle school baseball teams. Not to mention serving many years as senior class advisor, float chaperone, and (a particular favorite of his) administering a mock presidential nominating convention at Rochester High School. He really liked teaching.
He also encouraged interest and tolerance in his World Religions class by asking local religious leaders to speak from their various perspectives. While he adhered to no religion, he was respectful of all.
Further, Spike had a lifelong fascination with ancient civilizations, mainly Greece, Egypt, and Rome. But he never wanted to travel to their modern-day counterparts – especially as it involved getting on an airplane.
Music, however, truly defined him. He began singing as a boy (his mother was a consummate musician and his grandmother actually sang with Caruso!) and went on to become the bass soloist for the Central Methodist Churches in both Detroit and Pontiac. Nobody who ever heard him sing will forget it, but he eventually found it tiring and started exploring instruments – specifically the tuba and sousaphone. That led him to extremely satisfying bouts with community bands from Southeastern Michigan to the Thumb. And certainly, the most fun for him of those was his time with the Thumb-based Pickle Band (directed by his wife and often joined on trumpet by his most musical progeny, Walt).
Spike didn’t just perform though. He was a tremendous fan of Fred Astaire movies, and loved to listen to Big Band music, Broadway musicals (his favorite was Most Happy Fella), and any group with great harmonies, from the Ink Spots to The Beach Boys. Inexplicably, he did not care for Johnny Cash.
He enjoyed a great many other things as well – bridge, tennis, motorcycling, target shooting, fishing, coins, and, of course, cars. Oh my, did he love cars! Kept a pictorial diary of every car he’d ever owned (and that number was “lots”).
He was an avid reader of naval fiction, Westerns, and military history (penciled in his rating, 1-5, of each book, when he finished. So, he could decide when/whether to re-read).
Spike also loved his place in Millington (even back when he had to dock sheep), beautiful sunsets, breakfast, his swimming pools (only with his inner tube), and Carolyn’s famous chicken and rice. Or anything else she cooked. And his daughter-in-law’s (Nancy’s) cookies. Okay. He just liked food!
Did I mention a curious predilection for puns? Right. You never read that here.
But the real measure of the man is this: Spike was always the one person you wanted to have at your party. That’s because he always spotted the most vulnerable/shy person in the room and instantly made him/her feel comfortable. That’s so rare and fine.
It was a privilege to know him.
His memory will be cherished by his wife, Carolyn; his children: Margaret (Douglas Dale), Walter III (Nancy), Benjamin, Charles, and Jeremy (Jackson Holtz). Also beloved by his brothers: the late Hugh (Ruth), John (the late Jane) and Frank (Rosemary), and their children, as well as his grandson, Neil, and great-granddaughter, Ariane. And his favorite cat, Fluffy.
A Gathering of Friends was held from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at Avram Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vassar City Band. Friends may share online condolences at

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