Born Friday, April 22, 1921
Died Saturday, May 4, 2019
John Dee Mose was born on April 22, 1921, the only child of Dee Wesley Mose and Zella Mae (nee Neafus) Mose on the family farm near Sapulpa, Oklahoma. He passed away peacefully, in his home, on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
John grew up in Bixby, Oklahoma. As a boy, he enjoyed spending time with his grandparents on the family farm, and traveling around the country with his aunt and uncle, Burlin and Freida Bennett.
John graduated from Bixby High School, then studied at Oklahoma A&M from 1938-1940. He then fulfilled his life dream to become a dentist, graduating from the Kansas City School of Dentistry, and later the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry. While in Kansas City, he met Jean Kathryn Kersten, and the two married in 1943. They were married for 58 years.
Upon finishing dental school, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving as a dentist at Great Lakes Naval Station and aboard various ships in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, the family moved to Sapulpa, where John practiced general dentistry from 1946-1966. While in Sapulpa, he was a member of the City Council, served a short term as mayor, was a member of the Sapulpa School Board, as well as the board of directors of Security National Bank. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America, and traveled with son, John Jr., on many Boy Scout activities.
In 1966, he chose to further his education, moving back to Kansas City to specialize in prosthodontics, becoming Board Certified in the field, receiving several awards and recognition. After obtaining his degree, he chose to remain at the dental school as a teacher. In 1972, he accepted a position with the Veteran's Hospital in Kansas City, and transferred to the Muskogee Veteran's Hospital in 1974. Upon retirement from the VA, he returned to private practice as the sole prosthodontist in Muskogee, where he was active in his professional organization, and helped many patients until his health began to fail in 2012. He was also on the staff of the OU Dental School, teaching every other Friday until his grandson graduated from the school in 2002. John was able to fulfill his passion, practicing dentistry, for nearly 70 years.
John married Mardie Spencer in 2002. The couple shared 16 years together, enjoying their life in Muskogee. John was a tireless and dedicated professional. He was a faithful member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, serving on leadership boards and committees. He was a member of the Wedding Ring Sunday School class. He delighted in his 3 children, 5 grand-children, and 10 great grand-children. He loved spending time with his family and visiting with friends.
He never failed to ask about their children and grandchildren, and was truly interested in their lives, even until he could no longer leave his home.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife, Jean.
He is survived by his wife, Mardie, of the home, daughters Linda (Robert) McKenzie of Webberville, Michigan, Connie (Weldon) Stout of Muskogee, son John (Rosanna) Mose of Muskogee, grandchildren Justin (Shelly) Stout of
Muskogee, John Mose Ill (Kerry) of Bixby, Oklahoma, Mandy (Eric) Knittel of Austin,Texas, Steven (Christy) Mose Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Andrew (Rayna) Mose of Muskogee, great- grandchildren Reed and Cameron Stout, Jack and Macy Mose, Kate, Aiden, and Luke Knittel, Maggie Mose, Isabella, and Adelyn Mose, brother in-law and sister-in-law Charles and Marjorie Teter, and many cousins. He will be lovingly missed by his family, friends, patients, loving caregivers, and all who knew him as a caring, generous, and kind man.
A celebration of John’s life will be 1PM, Monday, May 13, 2019 in the sanctuary of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Muskogee, In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to St. Paul United Methodist Church of Muskogee.