Longtime El Centro businessman Samuel Mosher dies of cancer

October 29, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

Longtime El Centro businessman and man-about-town Sam Mosher died of cancer Friday.

Mosher, 61, owned or part-owned a number of businesses around town including Brunner's Restaurant, Sam's Place and Pepper Tree Restaurant.

David Cason, a regular at The Office side of Brunner's and business partner at Sam's Place, said he knew Mosher for 25 years and they were good friends.

"He was a great guy and always tried to help people," Cason said. "He'd give you the shirt off his back if he could."

Another longtime friend, Gene Brister, said he met Mosher in the late 1970s when Mosher advertised his businesses on Brister's KXO radio in El Centro. The business relationship became a personal one, Brister said.


"Sam always had an infectious smile and a great sense of humor," Brister said, adding that Mosher loved to kid other people and be kidded as well.

"He was big-hearted, soft-hearted," Brister said, adding that though Mosher liked to come across as a tough guy, he was really a teddy bear inside.

"He always had time for others," Brister said. "He was always interested in his community."

Mosher considered a run for the El Centro City Council this fall but withdrew due to his health.

Mosher's son, Scott, said his father was full of life, energetic and always into something.

"He got the most out of life and when down in the dumps he had a way to uplift everybody," Scott Mosher said.

Scott Mosher said his father's fight against cancer never wavered and never got him down.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Christ Community Church in El Centro for Mosher. Pastor Walter Colace will officiate.

Burial will be private.

Mr. Mosher was born Feb. 17, 1940, in Peru Township, Morrow County, Ohio, and was raised in Cardington, Ohio.

He joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from high school. He developed his expertise in computers while in the Navy.

Mr. Mosher married Ruth Rumph in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1962. The Moshers moved to El Centro in 1976, where he owned and operated Brunner's Restaurant and other businesses in El Centro for many years. They divorced in 1989.

Recently, Mr. Mosher began dabbling in computers and networking again, according to family.

Survivors include his ex-wife, Ruth Mosher of El Centro; daughter, Elizabeth Price of Thousand Oaks; son, Scott Mosher of El Centro; granddaughters, Caitlyn Price of Thousand Oaks and Mindy Mosher of Yuma; mother, Jane Mosher of Marion, Ohio; sister, Ann Baer of Stillwater, Okla.; sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Daniel Rengert of Marion; friend, Mariah La Mountain of El Centro; and numerous nieces and nephews

The family suggests memorials to HomeChoice Health Care Services Inc., 1667 W. Main St., El Centro, CA 92243.

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