Lester “Les” Moser lost his battle with Creutzfeldt Jakobs Disease on June 19, 2010. He was born in Batesville, AR on August 21, 1952. Les attended elementary school in Batesville until age eight. His family relocated at that time and he attended school in their new home of Dryden through his high school graduation in 1970.
Les served his country in the United States Army from 1972 to 1974, including a tour of duty in Korea. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Army in 1974 with the rank of Specialist.
On May 31, 1975, Les married Betty Lay in Leavenworth. The couple celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary not long before his death. Mr. & Mrs. Moser had two sons, Michael and Thomas.
Les began work in the tree fruit industry soon after returning to Dryden from military service. His career began with Remley Orchards and Independent Warehouse. He later worked for Cashmere Fruit Exchange and then Blue Bird, Inc.. At the time of death, Les was the Organic Plant Manager for Blue Bird, Inc. fruit cooperative at the company’s Wenatchee location.
Les was involved in his community and was a member of several groups including the Leavenworth Golf Club, Dryden Gun Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He was a volunteer firefighter in Dryden for 30 years. Additionally, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.
The Les Moser Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Blue Bird, Inc. and the Wenatchee Wild to honor the positive impact Les had with his co-workers and in his community.