Raymond Cassimere Moses (1930 – 2017)


“TE-AT-MUS” February 20, 1930-March 2, 2017 Honorable Korean Veteran, passed away March 2, 2017 with his family by his side. He was born February 20, 1930 to loving parents Marya Jones-Moses and Walter Moses Sr. He was a Member of the Tulalip Tribes. He graduated from Marysville High School in 1950. In high school he joined the National Guard. In the heat of summer, he would travel to Yakima for training. His brother, Walter Moses Jr., soon followed in his footsteps. In 1950 he enlisted in the US Army serving in the Korean War with his brother (who lost his life). He was awarded the Purple Heart and many other medals. After serving he would always say “I know I’m going to Heaven, because I’ve already been to hell”. After being Honorably discharged, he came home and worked as a commercial fisherman with his cousin, Bernie Gobin and then with his mother. Through his life he worked many other jobs, cutting shake boards, logging, Welco Lumber Co., Tulalip ground maintenance, where he kept the Tulalip Cemeteries’ beautiful. And finally as Tribal Historian because he wanted to share his culture and teachings to the children. He was requested by many schools to go and teach the history of our people. He loved to travel to the mountains, play bingo, go to the casinos and attend pow-wows. He enjoyed watching and going to sporting events. Most of all he loved teasing the ladies! He is survived by sisters, Johanna Moses, Rachel Hood, April Smith, Julie Russell, Vickie Tsoodle and Teresa Whitish; brothers, Gilbert Moses Sr., and Danny Moses Sr.; cousin, Willie Neil Moses; bumerous nieces and nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, Marya Jones-Moses and Walter Moses Sr.; brothers, Walter Moses Jr., (killed in action in Korea) and Victor H Moses Sr.; grandparents, William Bill Jones and Nancy Boomhouse-Jones and William Billy Moses and Julie Moses; six nephews and five nieces. Raymond was one like no other. He was a Veteran, storyteller, flirt, charmer, teacher, joker and warrior for his people. He will be missed by all who loved him dearly. Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home with an Interfaith Service to follow at 6:00 PM at the Tulalip Gym. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 10:00 AM at the Tulalip Gym with burial to follow at Priest Point Cemetery.