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John R. Moeschke
(May 7, 1926 - May 16, 2014)

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John Robert Moeschke, of Petoskey, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family in the early morning hours, Friday, May 16, 2014. He was 88 years old. He was born May 7, 1926, in Dresden, Germany, the son of Bernard and Ida Moeschke, and attended school there. He spent 4-1/2 years as a POW in England prior to the end of WWII, then served 6-1/2 years in the French Foreign Legion, 4-1/2 in Viet Nam. He was a radio technician and set up the loud speakers to announce the war’s end on his birthday. John immigrated to the USA in 1956 and married his wife Dorothy on 1-25-1958. They enjoyed 56 years of marriage together. John was projectionist at the Hollywood and Temple theatres. He was a master electrician at W.W. Fairbairn & Sons in Alanson. He was the owner of Boyne Electric in Boyne City. After Boyne Electric he served as Chief Engineer for Selvick Marine Towing out of Sturgeon Bay, WI. He was a trucking owner/operator for 15 years prior to retiring in 1991. He was a lover of all animals. He enjoyed gardening and landscaping as well as working on his HO trains. John was intrigued by anything electrical or electronic, and you could usually find him at his computer. John had a keen sense of humor and always had a positive outlook. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, his sons Larry Moeschke (Dawn), of Boyne City, Gerry Moeschke Wasageshik (Mary Anne Matthews), of Jacksonville, FL; five grandchildren, three great grandchildren, four nieces and nephews, and his faithful German Shepherds. John was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Ida, and sisters, Idel and Hanni. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Little Traverse Bay or Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. Arrangements were handled at Charles G. Parks Funeral Home in Petoskey, MI. Family and friends wishing to share a memory are encouraged to do so online at


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