Cletus “Clete” Moser

Cletus “Clete” Moser

Cletus “Clete” Moser


Cletus “Clete” Moser, 93, of rural Hawkeye, passed away, Monday, Feb. 6, 2023, at Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics in West Union.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the United Methodist Church in Hawkeye, with Mona Christie, Lay Speaker officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery, rural Hawkeye. A Celebration of Life and meal will follow the committal service at the Hawkeye Community Hall. Visitation will precede the funeral service at the Church on Tuesday starting at noon. Memorials may be made to the family for later designation. Becker & Son Funeral Home in Hawkeye is assisting Clete’s family. Online condolences may be left at

Cletus Verele, son of Leonard and Golda (Hansel) Moser was born June 20, 1929, at the family’s home in Osterdock. He was baptized in the Lutheran Faith. Clete graduated from Elkport High School in 1947. On January 7, 1961, he was united in marriage with Susanne Latham at the Alpha Methodist Church. Clete worked in construction for several years, prior to he and his wife, Susanne starting Clete Moser Construction, which they owned and operated for over 30 years. The family lived in Cedar Rapids for over 30 years, prior to purchasing the Latham Family Farm, rural Hawkeye in the early 90s. Clete was a long time member of the Alpha Methodist Church and the Conservation Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, playing cards, making his own sauerkraut and maple syrup, and was a very skilled mechanic (could fix almost anything). Clete and Susanne recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Jan. 7, 2023. His love of playing cards and being surrounded by loving family and friends really helped Clete through the past eight months.

Clete is survived by his wife, Susanne of rural Hawkeye; six children, Cletus Jr. (Angie) Moser of Cedar Rapids, Louise (Bill) Johnson of Guttenberg, Dennis (Linda) Moser of Palo, Daniel (Toni) Moser of Escondido, Calif., David Moser of Escondido, Calif., and Jackie (Andrew) Dykstra of Covington; 33 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; 27 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Gloria (Larry) Thompson of Arizona, David (Marianne) Moser of Davenport and Elwood (Bev) Moser of Marion; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Robert Moser; grandson, Steven Moser; and siblings, Ted Moser, Shirley Bonjour, Caroline Harbaugh, Leila Minger, Carson Moser and Elsie Moser.

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