William J. Moldovan
William J. Moldovan, 86, passed away Oct. 26, 2009 at the Spokane Veterans’ Home in Spokane, Wash. He was born March 12, 1923 in Halcottsville, the youngest son of Andrew and Mary Moldovan. He was raised on a dairy farm in the Delaware County home in Bragg Hollow in Halcottsville, where he lived until he joined the U.S. Army Air Force.
Joe’s military and civil service spanned 32 years including tours of duty in Iceland, Puerto Rico and Southeast Asia.
He retired in 1969 as a Chief Master Sergeant with the Bronze Star in addition to many other awards.
He graduated from Whitworth College in 1969 with a B.A. and completed his Master’s of Extension at Washington State University in 1974.
Joe was a Quality Control Engineer for the Bechtel Engineering Corporation and worked on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline for two years in civil and environmental engineering.
In September 1976, he accepted a position with Washington State University as a Program Assistant in the Limited Resource Farming Program and became an Area Extension Agent in 1979.
In 1982 Joe became the Dairy Extension Agent until he retired in 1988. His resourcefulness, knowledge and competence were well-known among hundreds of clients in Spokane, Stevens, Pend Oreille and northern Idaho counties.
Joe was author of a book on farming. While well versed in all facets of agriculture, his greatest love was dairying. He was innovative and took immense pride in doing high quality work. Frequently returning for haying season with the extended Moldovan family and later to visit his brothers and sisters, Joe continued to voice his great love for the history of Halcottsville. Above all else, he showed great compassion for his family, parents, friends and those less fortunate in life. He was recognized for his loving personality, willingness to share and forgiving heart.
Joe was a member of the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce and the Agricultural Bureau; active in the Forum and Ag Expo Programs, in addition to Scouting and civic activities. He was a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi, National Association of County Agricultural Agents, Eagle Aerie #2 and Assumption Parish.
Surviving are three sisters, Anne of Loudonville, Mary Maliszewski of Enfield, Conn. and Frances Wood of Loudonville. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Lottie, and his brothers, Andrew and John.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Heritage Funeral Home on Government Way followed by interment.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made in his name to the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, 1004 E. 8th Ave., Spokane, WA 99202.