BELVIDERE, Ill. – Malcom Carey Moses, 66, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at home, after a year-long battle with cancer.
Malcom was born on Oct. 29, 1951, in Levelland, Hockley, Texas, and was raised following the cotton industry in Texas and New Mexico with his parents and siblings. His family eventually settled in Mission, Texas, where his parents took over the cotton gin that was located at Three Mile Line and Conway Avenue.
He graduated from Mission High School in 1970. At the age of 18, Malcom became a volunteer firefighter for the City of Mission. He worked as a Union electrician in Texas and Illinois, as well as a multitude of other jobs throughout his life. His position as a dispatcher/school bus driver was his last job before leaving the work force due to health issues.
The job Malcom was most proud of was passing on his skills as a cook and family fix-it man to his children and their spouses.
Known for his sense of humor and storytelling, Malcom was a generous, loving family man, always thinking of others before himself. As his last, but certainly not least, selfless act, he chose to donate his body to science so that others might benefit.
He is survived by his loving partner of 18 years, Maurine Funk Lucas of Belvidere; five children, Anne McCann (Jake), Carey (Jennifer), Charles (Megan), Philip and Stephen Moses; her two children, Beth Schultz Drennen (Justin) and Timothy Schultz (Krissy); siblings, Wanda Sue Long (George), Mary Joy Barnes (Bob) and Johnice Ann Wyant (Stanley); and their eight, beautiful grandchildren, Madison, Benjamin, Daniel, Katelyn, Gabriel, Emmeline, Finleigh and Madelyn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carey Allen Moses and Mary Hattie McQueen.
A memorial will be held in the near future in Illinois for family and friends to celebrate his life.
Special thanks to Northern Illinois Hospice and to family members and friends that have reached out during this time. Donations in Malcom’s honor can be made to Swedish American Cancer Center, 4215 Newburg Rd., Rockford, IL 61108.