The military graveside service honoring the life of Moses Richard Box, Lt. Col.-Ret. U.S.A.F., 92, Enid, is 10 a.m. Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Mitchell officiating.
Full military Honors will be conducted by the United States Air Force Honor Guard. The service is under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.
He was born August 28, 1924, to Malcom and Mildred Pursley Box in Union City, Tenn., and passed from this life June 27, 2017, in Enid.
He was raised and educated in Union City, and graduated from Union City High School with the class of 1942.
After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army, serving in WWII with the 63rd Division, nicknamed "Blood and Fire" for their efforts in helping protect the east flank of the Seventh Army along the Rhine River.
He then enlisted in the Mississippi Army ROTC. He re-enlisted in the United States Air Force. He received his Master's in Civil and Industrial Engineering from Oklahoma State University.
Dec. 30, 1951, he married Betty Coulson in Enid.
He served as chief of the engineering section of the Air Installations Squadron in Keflavik, Iceland. He served as the Project Officer, Test Division of the Titan Program Office Ballistic Systems Division.
He was the Chief of the Systems Engineering Section, Missile and Space Division, Directorate of Aerospace Safety.
He was the Assistant for Air Force, Range Programs Office, White Sands Missile Range. He then served as the Air Force Missile Development Center Test Manager for F-15 and AIM-82 at the Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico.
At the same air force base, he also served as Chief of the Support Requirements Branch, SRAM Division, 6585th Test Group, and Deputy Commander of the same Test Group.
He then moved to Enid and worked as construction coordinator with Henson Construction. He was an engineer with Davies and Poe Inc. He was Chief Engineer of Northrop Worldwide Aircraft Services with Vance Air Force Base, and he was the Director of the Civil Engineering with Northrop and was the Vice President Chief Engineer of Healy Southwest
He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Kathi; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Samuel; brother, Malcom Oratus Jr.; sister, Mary Franklin.
Memorials may be made in his name to the United Methodist Church Boys Ranch of Gore, with Brown-Cummings Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.Brown-Cummings.com.
Published on June 28, 2017