By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Those paying tribute and honor to Spc. Cody O. Moosman, including Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and his wife, packed the LDS North Stake Center Friday morning to honor the slain soldier at funeral services.
Cody’s father, Dennis, began the services by thanking all those who were in attendance. He also thanked military personnel, Patriot Riders and those from Franklin and Cache counties who lined U.S. 91 from Smithfield to Preston on Wednesday, the day Moosman’s body was returned from Dover Air Force Base, Del.
Moosman was killed in action in Afghanistan on July 3 by small arms fire. He was recently promoted posthumously to the rank of specialist.
Cody touched many hearts before he joined the Army and after, from Ft. Riley all the way to Afghanistan, Moosman said.
Cody’s life sketch was given by his brothers, Timothy and Doyle, in an emotional tribute. They said when they were youngsters they always remembered Cody as laughing and smiling.
They recounted when Cody was very young he learned how to get out of his crib by running at the side and flipping over onto their beds that were in the same room. He did this over and over and over again, they said, testing their patience.
Other memories they shared were Cody’s love for the outside and enthusiasm for trying something new. “He was never afraid of anything,” they said. “As a youngster he received a box full of plastic tools. There was a saw and he sawed at a newly planted tree repeatedly. He never did cut it down, but the tree died.”
The brothers said Cody loved serving others and was a hard worker. He was employed at the Franklin County Senior Center and served meals to the elderly. He also would brag about making pies. Prior to joining the Service, he was employed by Franklin County Grain Growers and Bear River Publishing in Preston. He also worked on Dale Critchlow’s farm east of Preston where he hauled hay and became a marksman shooting a pigeons. The family lovingly refers to Critchlow as “grandpa.”
“We are honored to be his brothers. We love him and know that he loves us,” they said.
Lola Leon, a military friend, said Cody believed in serving his country and was alway helping protect other soldiers in arms.
“He completed all tasks given him and never complained. He was hands-on at work and very reliable. . .he was an amazing soldier. I think of all the positive things he accomplished. He lived a good life and to the fullest. He will be missed, but never forgotten,” she said.
Moosman’s LDS Bishop, Tom Madsen, said he wants the family to know members of his Ninth Ward congregation and the entire community are, “hurting with you. We are so proud of Cody and many in the military who serve with more faith than fear.”
President Richard Swainston, representing the LDS North Stake, and said he became acquainted with Cody while serving as his bishop.
“I had the privilege of participating in the Honorable Transfer military ceremony at the Logan/Cache Airport on Wednesday. I was humbled at the number of people who lined the roads all the way to Preston to show respect for Cody and his family,” he said.
“Cody was a brave, young man who knew the dangers involved in joining the Army in time of conflict. But he loved his country and relished the opportunity to serve.”
Elder Thomas Cherrington, representing the LDS Church as a member of The Seventy, gave words and comfort to the family.
“My heart is touched and I am so glad to be here. I want to express, on behalf of the brethren of the Church, our sorrow and heartache we share. I have been touched by the tributes given today,” he said. “We all want to express our deep condolences.”
On Wednesday hundreds and hundreds of people lined U.S. 91 all the way from the Smithfield, Utah through Franklin City and another five miles to Webb Funeral Home in Preston to honor a fallen hero.
Following the funeral, interment took place at the Preston Cemetery, where the family requested privacy.
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