Rex Acton Moses
1933 AD – 2022 AD
Rex Acton Moses
Rex Acton Moses, of Huntington Beach, CA passed away on December 8, 2022 after a diagnosis of Lewy Body dementia, a type of Parkinson’s Disease.
Rex was born on October 19,1933 to Clayton Elige & Annie Mae (nee Scruggs) Moses in Alabama City, AL, the oldest of 4 children. Rex grew up in the segregated south yet he inherited a different and better perspective than one would expect. He started school at 7 and in 10 years he was a voracious learner. Upon graduating as valedictorian in 1951 from Emma Sansom High School in Gadsden, AL, Rex went on to study chemical engineering at Alabama Polytechnic Institute, later known as Auburn University.
In 1955 Rex graduated from college and reported to “Uncle Sam” in Virginia in July of that same year, serving as part of the Army Corp of Engineers in Korea. Shortly before joining the US Army, Rex met Nancy Lou Wheeler, a Yankee from upstate NY, while washing pots at an Intervarsity camp on Fairview Island, Ontario, Canada. and when he returned from his tour of duty the couple wed in Oneonta, NY on Nov. 29,1957.
Rex had many jobs during his young life including a paper route, an electrician’s apprentice, working on a car line in Detroit, and lay preaching at local churches, but his first career job was as a chemist for Proctor & Gamble in Cincinnati, OH, where he formulated the Duncan Hines cake mix. After the birth of their first child, Miriam, the young family returned to Alabama for Rex to procure a Master’s Degree in chemical engineering at Auburn University.
Following graduation in 1962 Rex was hired by Rockwell International (aka Boeing) and the growing family made the trek west to Southern CA. It is in California that 3 of his 4 children (Martha, Jonathan, David) were added to the family in as many years. Rex worked on many aerospace projects including the Apollo program with the Saturn V rocket program, the space shuttle where he helped redesign the heat protective shields. He used a slide rule regularly and the family once visited his work where a computer took up more than one room.
The family lived 11 years in the San Fernando Valley and then Rex was transferred to Orange County in 1972, where he raised his family in Huntington Beach for the next 50 years. Rex also studied to earn a degree in law because he had an interest in being a lawyer. He was always reading and studying. His favorite thing to study was God’s Word and his common topic of conversation was prophecy.
After 30 years, in 1992, Rex “retired” from his career as a “rocket scientist” and Nancy retired as an RN Nursing educator and together they earned a certificate from UCI in TESL and began a new “career” as short-term missionaries, serving in Russia, Kazakhstan, and China among other places. Rex’s lifelong passion for studying maps and reading National Geographic was realized as they travelled many places he had read about and for which he had prayed.
Anyone who knew Rex knew of his pursuit of God and the study of Scripture, his dry sense of wit and his frugal management of money. Rex was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was predeceased by his parents and younger brother, Clayton “Buddy” Moses Jr., as well as his son-in-law, Dr. James Mohler. He was blessed beyond all measure and reflected on that often. To God be all the glory!
Rex is survived by Nancy, his wife of 65 years, his 2 sisters, Crystal Wiggonton & Patricia McClellan, several nieces & nephews, and his 4 children: Rev. Miriam Mohler, Martha (& Christopher) Vosburg, Jonathan (& Judy Mason) Moses, David (& Angelique Dozier) Moses and10 grandchildren:
*Vanessa (& Drew DePenning) Vosburg.
*Emily Mohler(Connor) Osborn.
*Jonathan (Kelly Campbell) Moses.
*Clayton (Amanda Razzouk) Mohler.
*Jeremy (Gabby McQuoid) Moses.
The family requests that any donations can be made in Rex’s memory to Far East Broadcasting Co. or the Parkinson’s Foundation. There will be a celebration of life on Jan. 21, 2023 at 2pm at Beach Bible Church in Huntington Beach, CA