Joseph A. Moulder, passed away, Thursday, April 28, 2022 as a result of a long battle with Hashimoto’s disease.
He was born on March 4, 1946, in Newberry, Michigan. He graduated from Newberry High School in June of 1964. He attended Northern Michigan University for one year and transferred to Western Michigan University in September of 1965. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in June of 1967. He served with the First Calvary Division in Vietnam (’68-69’).
Upon discharge, he returned to WMU and mercifully received a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Arts Degrees. His education was generously financed by the American Public through the GI Bill. Not one time, ever, was he disparaged for his Vietnam War participation. He received VA health care until his death. The care at the Battle Creek VA was always superior. So when people said, “Thank you for your service” he would reply, “You already have thanked me many times over.”
He taught high school science (of all ilks) at Wyoming Lee High School (Godfrey Lee Public Schools). He was very active in Science Olympiad locally, statewide and nationally. He was on the State Science Olympiad board for many years. After retirement, he taught physics at Cornerstone University and calc-physics labs at Grand Valley State University and worked briefly as a hazardous waste chemist. He enjoyed living sober for a long time.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents, George and Margaret Moulder and sister, Ann; he is survived by wife, Harriet, daughter, Gretchen, son, Thadius (Susie), 5 grandchildren and loving sister Dorothy.
According to his wishes cremation has taken place.
Friends may visit with Joe’s family from 1-4 PM, Sunday, June 19, 2022 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.
A celebration of Joe’s life for his family and close friends will be held from 12-4 PM, Sunday, August 21, 2022 at his home in Otsego.
Contributions in memory of Joe many be made to Michigan Science Olympiad or Godfrey Lee Public Schools scholarship for science.
In lieu of flowers please plant a tree in memory of Joe.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.