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Life Story / Obituary
All who knew Robert Moser would agree that he was one of the sweetest and honest people around. He worked hard in everything he did and was well respected in his career, but he also took the time to enjoy life along the way. Buzz took his roles as a husband and father to heart, but he just might have argued that nothing was better than being a grandfather. His devotion to his family was easy to see, and he was there to support them in everything they did. Deeply loved, Buzz will be forever missed.
Despite the nations challenges in the 1930’s, Bernard and Florence Moser were thrilled to announce the birth of the baby boy they named Robert on August 24, 1936, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on what his mother said was the hottest day of the summer. A large baby at birth, he was one of six as he was joined in his family by his siblings, Cathy, Tom, Dave, Ann, and Rita. When he was very young he became known as “Buzz” since his older sister couldn’t say brother, only “Buzzer”, the name “Buzz” stuck.
In many ways, Buzz was a young boy of his generation. His father worked as an attorney while his mother focused her time and attention at home. Buzz attended Barbour Hall Military School, and he later went on to St. Augustine High School where he played football. He also enjoyed playing tennis. Some of his favorite family memories were made on “The Island” on Gull Lake where they would swim, fish, and have great parties with friends.
New and exciting changes were in store for Buzz when he met the love of his life. Her name was Rosemary, and she was student teaching while he was in law school. They met because Buzz had asked his friends if they knew of any “available” Catholic girls. When he first tried to call her, she was on retreat at Nazareth College. So he sent her a greeting card to make a connection since he wasn’t able to reach her by phone. Their first date was at the Civic for the play “Trial at Appomatix,” but Buzz arrived quite late via train, claiming there had been a cow on the tracks. Since they hadn’t met, he asked for her at the desk. Because Rosemary hadn’t seen him before, she asked a friend, who then told Rosemary that he was good looking and even looked like a football player. There almost wasn’t a second date because Rosemary wouldn’t give him a kiss good night, but they did continue to write each other. More quiet and reserved, this was part of what attracted Rosemary to Buzz. Their love bloomed, and with a desire to spend the rest of their lives together they were married.
There was nothing Buzz loved more than being with his family. He found such joy in being a father, and he played an active role in the lives of his twins, Matt and Rachel. Buzz usually came home at lunch so his wife could take a rest while he played with his twins and enjoyed his favorite sandwich, peanut butter and mayonnaise. Later his favorite became Braunschweiger. Buzz was late to his first anniversary dinner, but it was for a good reason as he and his long-time friend Jim Moore were purchasing “The Property” near Freemont. It later became one of the family’s favorite camping places for holidays and summer days, even though there wasn’t any indoor plumbing or electricity. Buzz had dreams of one day building a log cabin there, that dream became a reality when his family and friends all worked together to build it using timber from the land. He specialized in making shakes for his children and later on his grandchildren as well. Beginning around 1983, the family went to Florida for spring break, often staying at St. George Island, which was a tradition that continued to the present day. Buzz found such joy in spending time with his family as well as watching his grandchildren down on the beach and watching dolphins from the porch, enjoying his pipe and Stingers. Through his example, he taught his children to have a strong work ethic, and he was there to support his children in everything they did in life, even if he didn’t agree. Buzz was so proud of everything they accomplished, and he was always willing to play catch, hockey, or basketball when they were young. He also made sure the pool was heated when his grandchildren wanted to come swim. Buzz was thrilled to be a grandfather, and he was there to attend as many of their events and activities that he could.
A lifelong resident of the community, Buzz was well known and respected. As an attorney he was known for his integrity and honesty. In fact, if he didn’t think he was the best person to represent someone he would refer them to someone else. Buzz’s colleagues and clients respected him, and he did whatever was needed to care for his clients including making home visits at times. His first cases was one to remember as it was about the smell of a pig farm! Buzz was a member of Ambucs since the late 60s, he was on the board of trustees at Nazareth, and helped with Boys Club, Boy Scouts, and the United Way. Buzz was very civic minded, generous with his time, and forever true to his alma mater, Marquette Law School. As his family and friends can attest, he was very loyal and also preferred structure as he liked to do things on a schedule including getting the mail by 10 in the morning.
Throughout his life Buzz was someone who was always busy. Buzz enjoyed spending time with his friends and was often a good sport about taking their ribbing. He loved watching football, and as a die-hard Notre Dame fan he had season tickets for years. Buzz regularly went cross country skiing with the same four or five couples while Sister Ann Marie watched the kids. Buzz had always spent time traveling, and for the past seven years he enjoyed European cruises with the Michigan Philharmonic of Plymouth.
With a spirit of generosity that knew no bounds, Robert “Buzz” Moser touched the hearts and lives of so many others. He found great satisfaction in his work, but nothing was better than making priceless memories with the ones he loved. Buzz leaves behind a timeless legacy that his loved ones will proudly carry on in his footsteps.
Robert “Buzz” "Boppa" Moser of Kalamazoo, Age 83, died peacefully on December 22, 2019. Buzz was preceded in death by his siblings: Cathy Larson, Tom Moser, niece Laurie Stevens, nephew Steve Moser and brother-in-law Wayne Stevens. Surviving are his wife Rosemary; children: Matt (Amanda Snyder) Moser and Rachel (Kevin) Truxell; grandchildren: Braydon, Noah, Maia; siblings: Dave (Sally) Moser, Ann Stevens, Rita Moser, sister-in-law Arlene and many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will take place at a later date. Visit Buzz’s personal webpage at www.BetzlerLifeStory.com where you may archive a favorite memory or photo and sign his online guestbook. Memorial contributions may be made to Marquette Law School, Kalamazoo Ambucs and Hospice of Southwest Michigan.