Soon after graduating he joined the United States Marine Corps with his childhood buddies at age 18. During his tour of duty he proudly served as point man under 2/9 Echo, 3rd Marine Division. He has been recognized as a casualty of war due to his exposure to Agent Orange herbicide, which later in life manifested as soft tissue sarcoma known as leiomyosarcoma.
After returning from the service he married his high school sweetheart Linda Bowman and they were blessed with three children; John Moschetti, Matthew Moschetti, and Amy Moschetti (DeHaven).
His more recent years were spent with his loving companion Virgilia Becker. During their time together they enjoyed raising chickens, ducks, sheep and horses on a beautiful country estate. He cleared and grubbed the property with his favorite D8 caterpillar, "Miss Kitty." He continued to enjoy working on the property as long as he could, as the saying goes, "he died with his boots on."
Rod at a young age started building a construction company, now known as Moschetti Construction. Throughout his career he ventured into and accomplished many projects such as pools, woods and logging, building and remodeling, foundations, subdivisions, land development and slides, hazmat sites, participated in the Humboldt Bay oil spill and his favorite project was the Confusion Hill slide for Caltrans completed in 2003. Rod cherished the time working with his two sons on most of his jobs.
Rod was also the proud owner of the beautiful Myers Inn carrying on the legacy of his mother who had established the bed and breakfast years before. He loved that the Inn is in the heart of the redwood empire where it became his home and his passion, open to visitors from all over the world. Rod loved playing host, taking guests on boat tours and also took joy in maintaining and pruning his beautiful roses and specially hand planted grape vines.
Special hobbies and interests that Rod looked forward to most were spending time with his beloved family, grandchildren and friends and Christian circle of friends, jet boating, fishing, duck and deer hunting, diving for abalone, camping, and taking pictures and videos. One of his favorite times is when he would host Easter at the Myers Inn, which he always lead with a prayer circle.
We who knew him and loved him will always remember and celebrate his life. Rod was a loving father, fun and hands-on grandpa, committed companion, devoted brother, kind uncle, and a reliable, trusting friend. We were all so very blessed to have had him in our lives. We love him and miss him and are grateful for all the years he devoted himself to us. We will always love you and remember you forever, dad...
Rod was preceded in death by his parents, Jack Moschetti, Betty and stepfather Con Daly.
Rod is survived by his three beloved children, son, John Moschetti and his fiancée Heather Yates; son, Matthew Moschetti; daughter, Amy and her husband Jerry DeHaven; his six grandchildren, Hailey DeHaven, Nathan DeHaven, Braden Moschetti, Kyra Moschetti, Aleah Moschetti and Casey Moschetti; his loving companion, Virgilia Becker; sister, Vicki and her husband, Chuck Hatherill; brother, Roger Moschetti; brother, Rollan Moschetti; brother, Randy and his wife Shawn Moschetti; stepbrother, Con and his wife Patty Daly; stepsister, Brenda and her husband Gerry Zwiefelhofer; nephews, Charlie, Mike, Aaron, Joshua and Conrad; nieces, Summer, Wendy, Cara, Cayla, Sarah, Shelby, Tamara, and Theresa; and many loved aunts, uncles and cousins. He also leaves many other beloved family and friends.
A memorial service was held Friday, January 11, 2013 at Sanders Funeral Home in Eureka.
A veterans honor ceremony followed at the Saint Bernard’s section of the Ocean View Cemetery.
Pastor and good friend Dave Hayes officiated.
Pallbearers were John Moschetti, Matthew Moschetti, Jerry DeHaven, Randy Moschetti, Charlie Hatherill and Mark Moschetti. Honorary pallbearers were Rollan Moschetti, Paul Moschetti, Roger Moschetti and Chuck Hatherill.
We want to say a special thank you to all those who provided their services, extended their help, gratitude, and prayers during this difficult time.
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