Alfred F. “Al” Mosher, 73, 06/11/2008

OSWEGO, NY – Alfred F. “Al” Mosher, 73, a resident of 550 W. First St., and a former resident of Central Square, passed away Wednesday June 11, 2008, at Loretto-Heights Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Al was born on June 15, 1934, in Oswego, the son of the late Charles W. and Nellie (Moody) Mosher.

Alfred F. “Al” MosherHe was a US Air Force veteran, serving in both the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War.

He was stationed in North Dakota, California, and Japan with the 5th Division of the Air Force and retired in 1972 after 20 years of service.

He was awarded the Bronze Star medal, the Air Force Commendation medal, and other medals from both wars.

After his military service, Al returned to New York and resided in Central Square for more than 30 years.

He worked for the US Post Office on Taft Road in North Syracuse, and retired after 20 years of service.

He recently returned to Oswego.

He was the Post Commander of the American Legion #915 in Central Square from 1995 to 1996.

He was a life member of the VFW Post # 369 in Mexico, NY, and was a member of the Korean War Veteran’s Association, Central New York Chapter.

He was also a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

Al was an avid New York Yankees fan and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He was very interested in history and loved reading.

He also enjoyed listening to music, watching old movies, and spending time with his family.

He was predeceased by his parents; four sisters, Laura Wilson, Eleanor Ferguson, Nellie McKinstry, and Marion Dowie; and a brother, Charles Mosher.

He is survived by his first wife, Kay Shiota of Sacramento, Calif.; a daughter, Barbara (Kevin) Gyda of Deptford, NJ; grandchildren, Gary and Christina, of Deptford, NJ; a brother, Thomas (Anne) Mosher of Oswego; a sister, Mari Hest of Syracuse; a sister-in-law, Ursula Mosher of Oswego;  his friend and former wife, Pauline Vona of Oswego; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home.

Burial with military honors will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.