Lt. Colonel Frank Moss was promoted to Glory from Hawthorne House Nursing Home in Forest Grove, Oregon on Sunday, February 06 2011.
Lieutenant Colonel Frank Moss ended his active service in the Salvation Army 1n 1981. At that time he was the Secretary for Program for the Western Territory, living with Mrs. Moss in Lakewood, California. Prior to his last appointment, Colonel Moss served as Territorial Community Relations and Development Secretary. Previous Leadership positions have included Divisional Commander Hawaiian Islands, Cascade and Southwest Divisions. Before being transferred to the Western Territory, the Colonel served in various Corps Appointments in Canada and as the Army's Public Relations Representative for the Province of Saskatchewan.
Born in Joplin, Missouri, Francis Ezra Moss was the son of Salvation Army Officers, Ensign and Mrs. D.W. Moss. Colonel Moss attended the School for Officers Training (San Francisco) in 1937. He met Ruth Orames while in Training. Ruth Orames was the daughter of the late Commissioner and Mrs. Benjamin Orames, a former Territorial Commander of the Western Territory and at that time was Territorial Commander of the Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda. Although love was in bloom, the Army appointed him to the Pasadena Cops (Southern California) as an Assistane Corps Officer. Shortly after this appointment, then-Lieutenant Moss requested permission to move to Canada and marry his sweetheart. Permission was granted, and Ruth Orames became Mrs. Frank Moss in 1940. They were stationed as Corps Officers in Cobourg, Ontario.
When World War II broke, he served in the Armed Forces overseas as an Auxiliary Officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force as Supervisor of Canadian War Services. He was attached to the RCAF in Cairo, Egypt with the Canadian forces in the Middle East Command which included the Holy Land. Later he was appointed in charge of The Salvation Army Canadian War Services with the RCAF Southeast Asia Command Headquarters, serving in New Delhi and Bombay, India, and in Colombo, Ceylon (Sir Lanka).
The Mosses retired to Bellingham, Washington where they soldiered in the Corps there.
Salvation Army Song Book Supplement #971
I Come To The Garden Alone
I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.
He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.
I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.
Timeline dates for Francis Ezra Moss
1940 ~ Married Vida Ruth Farrington Orames
1942 ~ Joined Royal Canadian Air Force, Chaplain; shipped overseas
1942 ~ Son – John Benjamin, born
1946 ~ Returned from overseas WWII duty
1946 ~ Appointment: Windsor , Ontario ; Lieutenant, Corps Officer
1946 ~ Daughter – Joan Elizabeth, born
1948 ~ Appointment: Saint James, Winnipeg, Manitoba ; Captain, Corps Officer
1950 ~ Appointment: North Toronto Corps, Toronto , Ontario ; Captain, Assistant Corps Officer
1950 ~ Daughter – Janice Ruth, born
1951 ~ Appointment: Regina , Saskatchewan ; Sr. Captain, Corps Officer
1953 ~ Appointment: Guelph , Ontario ; Sr. Captain, Corps Officer
1954 ~ Benjamin Orames Promoted to Glory
1955 ~ Appointment: Tucson , Arizona ; Sr. Captain, Corps Officer
1958 ~ Appointment: Phoenix , Arizona ; Sr. Captain, Divisional Young People's Secretary
1959 ~ Appointment: Westchester, Los Angeles , California ; Major, Divisional YP Secretary
1959 ~ Daughter – Jeane Patricia, born
His Personal Life
Frank Moss had a variety of interests and he applied himself fully to everything he enjoyed. Following are a few of his interests:
Some poems are preserved on The Online Writer
An avid trout fisherman (he ALWAYS caught the limit), Frank enjoyed taking his family on camping trips.
"Dad taught me how to clean the fish I caught." ~ Janice
Frank learned to golf while in India, during the war. As a diversion, he learned to relax amidst the pressures of that time when opportunity presented itself. Much later, after his family was grown, he shared the game with his children. They learned to play 'best ball', so all could participate in the game.
"Playing golf with Dad was fun, not because of the game of golf but because he stressed that the score was less important than enjoying the opportunity to play." ~ John
Frank played the French Horn (his favorite instrument), as well as the alto and the trombone.
"He had a beautiful tenor voice." ~ Janice
"I remember Dad going through the tune book, selecting the music for the Sunday service, humming the tunes as he reflected on what best suited the theme of his sermon." ~ John
Frank Moss was a sincere and humble man of God who wished it said of him
~ "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord".