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Kenneth W. Moss, WWII pilot, businessman

Feb. 24, 1920 – May 3, 2015

CAMBRIA – Kenneth W. Moss of Cambria, a businessman who was an Army Air Forces pilot during World War II, died Sunday in Eastern Niagara Hospital, Lockport, after a lengthy illness. He was 95.

Born on his family’s farm in the Town of Lewiston, he was a 1937 graduate of Wilson High School.

The first in his family to attend college, he earned an associate degree in dairy management from Alfred Agricultural and Technical School in 1941.

During the war, he saw action in the European Theatre of Operations, as a first lieutenant, piloting a B-17 bomber for the 486th bombardment group of the 8th Air Force.

He flew 13 combat missions over Germany, as squadron commander, from his base in Sudbury, England, and was the recipient of the Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster.

Shortly before going overseas, he married Helen E. Fraser on Nov. 24, 1943, in a military ceremony with six other couples at Maxwell Field in Montgomery, Ala.

Mr. Moss worked as a health inspector for the City of Niagara Falls, then as manager of the Finger Lakes Honey Producers Cooperative.

He returned to Niagara Falls as manager of the Niagara County Milk Producers Cooperative.

He later was the director of Solid Waste for Niagara County, managing two landfills, one in North Tonawanda and one in Lockport. He retired in 1988.

Mr. Moss was a member of the Barker Community Band, the 8th Air Force Historical Society and North Ridge United Methodist Church. After his retirement, he renovated and expanded the family’s home, owned since 1952.

Besides his wife of 71 years, survivors include two sons, Robert and Lawrence; and two granddaughters.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in North Ridge United Methodist Church, 3930 North Ridge Road.

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