Eldon F. Moss Jr.


Eldon "Pete" Frank Moss Jr., 90, of Beulah, died March 9, 2019 at The Homesteader in Benzonia. He was born in Gary, Indiana, on Sept. 8, 1928 the son of Eldon and Verda (Struble) Moss Sr.
The Mosses moved to Benzie County during the Great Depression, where cancer claimed the life of his mother. His father moved them back to Gary, Indiana, to find work. Pete was not happy there and returned by himself to Benzie County, where he lived with different family and friends until his father returned some years later.
Pete left high school after his junior year in June of 1946 to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. He served for one year and was honorably discharged in June of 1947.
He returned to Benzonia High School to complete his senior year. After school he went to work for Timber Products Company in Benzonia and continued when it became Setwell Company in Traverse City.
In the early 1960s Pete decided to follow his passion to teach and coach. At the age of 32 he enrolled in college and earned an associate degree at Northwestern Michigan College and his Bachelor of Arts at Michigan State University.
Upon earning his teaching certificate in 1963 he was hired at Benzie County Central Schools as a junior high teacher and basketball coach. He went on to coach JV basketball, boys varsity track and created and coached the cross country program. He remained at BCCS for his entire teaching and coaching career, winning numerous state championships and earning countless coaching awards.
Retiring in 1992, Pete continued to coach, a career that would span five decades. After retiring from coaching at the age of 80, you would still see him at cross country meets sitting at his favorite picnic table cheering on runners as they rounded the corner. He was still helping coach basketball a few weeks before his death.
Pete also directed the Beulah-Benzonia Summer Recreation Program and helped with Little League Baseball. He worked for the State of Michigan in the summer as a cherry inspector, umpired baseball games and, for a time, was a scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He also officiated basketball for some 25 years. Pete promoted the 4th of July Firecracker 5K Run as well as initiating the popular Crystal Lake Team Marathon.
He loved his Benzie Central Huskies, MSU Spartans, Detroit Tigers, Lions and Pistons, spending time in his garden with his corn, melons and honey bees and especially loved spending time with his sons and grandchildren going to the casino.
On Oct. 14, 1978 Pete married Sally Jo (Ewing), who survives him; along with his sons from his first marriage to Patricia Phillips, Peter (Cammie) Moss, of Boyne City, Blair Moss, of Benzonia, and Todd (Marcia) Moss, of Clarkston; stepdaughters, Terri Lutes, of Traverse City, Barbara Robotham, of Birmingham, and Mary Jo McGee, of Ann Arbor; grandchildren, Danielle (John) Plumstead, Tyler Moss, Caleb Moss, Allison (Eric) Dubreuil, Eric Moss, Morgan Gomez, Taylor (Alex) Goodchild, Mitchell Martin, Liona Lutes, Samantha Swander, Justine (John) Porter, Sydney McGee and Sean McGee; and great-grandchildren, Carson Plumstead, Griffin Plumstead, Wyatt Plumstead, Chase Plumstead, Anna Dubreuil, Xander Goodchild, Reuben Goodchild and Hayden Porter. He is also survived by his stepsister, Connie (Cornell) McLaren; and many nieces and nephews.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Marie (Olsen); siblings, James Moss, Clare Cornell, Steven Cornell and David Cornell; and stepdaughter, Elizabeth "Betsy" Martin.
The Moss family invites all of Pete's family, friends, runners, former students and athletes to a celebration of his life (wear your red and white) at 11 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2019 at the Benzie County Central School Auditorium. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. and a luncheon will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the BCCS Educational Foundation with proceeds to benefit the BC Cross Country Team.
To sign Pete's online guestbook, please visit http://www.bennett-barzfuneralhome.com/obituary/eldon-pete-moss-jr.
The Bennett-Barz Funeral Home in Beulah is in charge of arrangements.
Published on April 7, 2019
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8 posts

James Forrester
Jun 10, 2019
Rest in peace. Thanks for all your service to our country as a marine and leader in benzie county as a teacher and coach to many. i sure enjoyed summer recreation with you and little league. it just was not the same when others took your place.
Paul Tacey Bay City MI
Apr 09, 2019
Sad to hear coach moss passed away! He was always there to listen and encourage you to do your best! One of the best teachers I remember from High school. Was lucky to run track for him from, 1975-1977. Rest In Peace.
Paul Tacey Bay city MI
Apr 09, 2019
Sorry to hear coach moss passed away! Ran track in 1975-1977 for coach moss, enjoyed every minute of it! He will be missed.
Terri-Anne (Mark) Thomas
Apr 08, 2019
Such great memories.
You gave me the inspiration to believe in myself. I know that your leadership gave me a great window to how determination can make all the difference. Thank you.
R.I.P. Coach ❣
Randy Wright
Apr 08, 2019
Proud to have competed on the court and track under your tutelage. Hard work, give your best effort, play to win, and don't be a phony served me well beyond the last hurdled cleared in high school. Rest In Peace Coach 🙏
Mary (Wilson) Kettles
Apr 07, 2019
Great teacher, coach, mentor, and friend. Always enjoyed seeing you riding your Vespa! Rest In Peace.🙏
Bobette Friend and Dan Kidder
Apr 07, 2019
Blessings to all for peace and comfort. May your hearts always be filled with loving memories.
Mark & Danielle Bourdo
Apr 07, 2019
Thank you coach for the motivation, inspiration, and dedication you instilled on all of us “Huskies.” God bless!