Dennis E. Moos

Dec. 9, 1942 — May 5, 2016

The hunter was in search of a new hunting area and final resting place. He successfully concluded his search on May 5, 2016. Dennis Moos died peacefully at the Billings Clinic of complications from pneumonia.

Dennis was born in Washington D.C. on Dec. 9, 1942, to Earl and Arline (Detlefs) Moos. He attended schools in Washington D.C. and Maryland, graduating in 1960 from Suitland High School.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in April 1964 and discharged in March 1966. His tour of active duty was primarily in Europe. He served time in the Army Reserves for three additional years.

His lifetime career in concrete construction began in September 1960 as a journeyman cement mason. Grandfather Detlefs recruited Dennis and Cousin Bobby to work in the trade shortly after high school.

Grandpa was a foreman for a large construction company in Washington D.C. Dennis and Bobby worked on some very large federal office buildings, including the Pentagon, thanks to grandpa. Both young men remained in construction for a very long time.

Dennis and friends from Maryland began coming to Montana to hunt in the late 1960s. Soon, Dennis was spending more time in Montana than in Maryland. He became a resident of Big Timber shortly thereafter.

Big Timber was a great place for Dennis. He thrived and he loved the people. He could work a little, hunt, be an outfitter, build a house; Life was good!

In 1989, he married Judy Adams. She too hailed from D.C. and Maryland. Together, they were a good business team. He was the builder, she was the business person. From mid-1990 to 2008, the telephone never stopped ringing. Dennis and his faithful employees poured mud from Big Timber to Canada, and many points west, including Paradise Valley, Big Sky, Yellowstone Club and more.

Dennis was a builder of houses and commercial buildings for his personal use and business enterprises. In 1985, Dennis, his mother and sister opened Crazy Mountain Art and Antiques. After Dennis and Judy married, they took over the business and traveled Montana, Wyoming and Idaho buying and selling antiques at shows.

Dennis built a self-storage facility in three phases over 10 years, as time permitted. It is still in operation today.

Over the years, Dennis enjoyed hunting for sport and recreation. He successfully hunted in Maryland, Delaware, Florida, Texas, Montana, Wyoming, Northwest Territories, Hawaii, New Zealand and South Africa. After the hunt, he applied his artistic ability at taxidermy – self-taught, of course.

Dennis and his wife were major donors of concrete services during the construction phase of Crazy Mountain Museum. They also served on the board of directors. Likewise, he served on the boards of Safari Club and the City of Big Timber Board of Adjustments.

Dennis loved his church and church family at Big Timber Lutheran, where he served on church council and the property management committee for numerous years.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Arline Moos. He is survived by his wife Judy Moos; his sister Judy Moos (Ed) Welton; his brother Millard T. (Julie) McCoy; cousins Bobby Gordon and Carol Morgan; nephews Louis Welton, Brice and Trey McCoy; and niece Kristin Eshelman. 

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at the Big Timber Lutheran Church. Inurnment with military honors will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

In keeping with his love for Big Timber, the family suggests that memorials be made in his name to Big Timber Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 264; American Legion, PO Box 51; Hospitality House Senior Citizens Center, PO Box 298; or a charity of your choice.

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