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Curtis Patrick Moss


November 27, 2019

Curtis “Curt” Patrick Moss passed away at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in The Dalles, Oregon, on Nov. 19, 2019, at the age of 85.

Curt was born on Nov. 21, 1933, in Wapato, Washington, to Ellen Maude (McGrew) and Harry Moss, the eighth of nine children. He grew up in the Yakima Valley and was inducted into the United States Army on May 27, 1953. Curt served during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged from active duty on May 12, 1955, and from military service on Aug. 24, 1961.

After his time in the Army, Curt moved to Wishram, Washington, where he worked for the Spokane, Portland, and Seattle railroad lines, converting the engines from steam to diesel. In 1958, he settled in Klickitat, Washington, working 38 years for the Champion International mill until its closure in 1994.

It was during this time that he met his future wife, Lillian (Rodacker), and they were married on Aug. 4, 1965, in Yakima, Washington.

Curt thoroughly enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping with his family and friends, and he was an avid Seahawks fan.

He is survived by his sons, Jim (Leesa) of Goldendale, Washington; Jay (Becky) of Klickitat; and his three sons from his first marriage, Chris, Steve, and Randy Smith. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Nick (Kirsten) of Vancouver, Washington, Hillary (Rick) Clark of Bonney Lake, Washington, Rachel (Adam) Bauer of Goldendale, and Samantha Moss of Klickitat. Also surviving Curt are his great grandchildren, Lily Bauer, Lucas Moss, and Bonnie Clark, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Lillian, who passed away in 2012; brothers, James, Willis, John, Esau, Daniel, and Jerry; sisters, Mary, Ollie, and June; and infant granddaughter, Brittany.

A memorial service will be held in the Spring. Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel handled cremation arrangements. To send condolences to the Moss family, please visit


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