Modest, dedicated, intelligent, and hardworking were just a few ways to describe Stan Mosher. Even though he was math and science minded, family meant the most to Stan. He had so much love for each one and was known as a fun grandpa! He taught his boys how to express love and show emotion to support their family. Stan was generous with his time, had a great sense of humor, a great smile, and you always knew when he was laughing.
With WWII ending the year prior, 1947 saw a high demand of consumer goods that outstripped supply in the United States. The British car makers took advantage of these shortages by exporting as many cars as they could, and many Americans liked the idiosyncrasies from these British cars like Austin, Hillman and MG's. The year saw some of the most significant inventions that would impact lives for many years to come including the transistor, the mobile phone, and Polaroid's "Land " instant photo camera. With many of the service men and women returning home, much of American households were welcoming new babies into their hearts and homes. Amongst these families were Bonnell W. and Evelyn E. (Hullinger) Mosher and on May 7, 1947 in Allen County, Indiana, Stanley L. Mosher was born.
He grew up on a farm in rural Whitley County beside his grandparents. The responsibilities and chores that go along with living on a farm instilled a work ethic that shaped who he would become and he developed love for animals. He enjoyed playing with the barn cats and kittens and continued his love for cats throughout his life. Early in Stan's life a medical condition would not allow his body to produce insulin and because of this, Stan was not able to participate in sports. He learned to work on cars from his dad who was an auto mechanic and those skills helped him in the future troubleshooting, fixing his own cars and maintaining his family’s fleet. Stan graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1965 and received his bachelor's degree from I.P.F.W.
After getting his driver’s license, Stan enjoyed the speed and freedom that a motorcycle offered. On one fateful day, Stan drove his motorcycle to Wolf Lake to visit old neighbors who had rented his grandparent’s house. It was there that he offered Penny Herron a ride and their lives would never be the same. The two went on to be married at the E.U.B. Church in Columbia City on August 19, 1967.
In 1978, Stan took an engineering job with DePuy Orthopedics in Warsaw. Stan was a man of God but was a behind the scenes servant. He was a member of First Church of God and for over 40 years he made sure the church was unlocked at 6 am and helped work the sound and audio booth for Sunday services. Stan was a skilled photographer and always had his camera ready to capture an image forever. He enjoyed listening to music of the 60’s though the 80’s but also appreciated new artists and new recordings.
With a love for the outdoors, Stan enjoyed all the world had to offer. He enjoyed cutting firewood, going to steam engine shows, car races including drag, funny car, and the Indianapolis 500. He and Penny enjoyed traveling including seven trips to Europe. Out of all places to go though, no other place was as special to him as the restaurant, Coney Island on Main Street in Fort Wayne. As a boy he would go there with his dad and no birthday or Father’s Day would be complete without a stop in for a coney dog and a diet Coke for Stan.
Being a dedicated worker, Stan worked for 43 years and a few days before his passing, he decided it was time to retire as being a Research Engineer on Thursday, September 2. Unfortunately, he would not get to enjoy his retirement years with his family and on Sunday, September 5, 2021, Stanley L. Mosher passed away unexpectedly at Parkview Hospital at the age of 74. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Penny Mosher; two sons, David (Jayma) Mosher and Ian (Leah) Mosher; and four grandchildren, Lillian Belle, Olivelle Reese, Nora Grace, and Ruby Joy. Aside from his parents, he also was preceded in death by an infant son, Jesse Mosher on January 27, 1974; and a brother, Verlin Mosher.
Visitation will be 3 to 7 p.m., Friday, September 17, 2021 at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. The family asks that face masks are recommended but not required and to practice social distancing please. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with visitation one hour prior. Pastor Johnny McCallister will be officiating. Burial will take place at South Park Original Cemetery. Memorial donations may be given in memory to First Church of God or Bear Lake Camp. Visit www.DeMoneyGrimes.com to send Stanley's family online condolences or sign the online guest book.
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