Civil servant worked with MU, police, government

Sunday, February 27, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:05 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 4, 2008

W. E. “Bill” Moyes wanted to be a police detective, but at 5 feet 7 inches, he just missed the height requirement.

This did not stop him from a long career in agriculture, eight years at the Student Financial Aid office at MU, and church and volunteer work. Mr. Moyes served as president of the board of the Columbia Police Department’s Crime Blockers group.

“The disappointment of not being a police detective went way back,” son Bill Moyes said. “His volunteer work made up for that.”

Mr. Moyes died at Boone Hospital Center on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005. He was 92.

He was born April 26, 1912, in Union Star to William and Nellie Moyes.

He married Veta Little on Dec. 4, 1937, in Columbia.

Mr. Moyes attended MU, but service in the U.S. Navy during World War II interrupted his studies. He was honorably discharged. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture in 1949.

Mr. Moyes worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service in Wyoming from 1957 to 1961 and then for the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado.

Mr. Moyes worked with Vice President Dick Cheney’s father in Wyoming.

In 1967, he and his wife moved back to Columbia. He then worked at the Student Financial Aid office at MU until 1975.

When Vice President Cheney came to Columbia last year, Mr. Moyes met with him and was photographed shaking his hand.

Before moving west, Mr. Moyes was involved in the Columbia Police Auxiliary. Members of the volunteer group assisted police officers. Mr. Moyes was a member of Tiger Shrine, Moila Temple, Scottish Rite, Twilight Lodge #114, American Legion Post #202, the AARP and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He also spent six years as president on the Board of Trustees of Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church.

Mr. Moyes is survived by his wife; his son; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. A Masonic service will be held afterward, with the funeral to follow.

Contributions can be made to Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church, 702 Wilkes Blvd., Columbia, MO 65201, or to the Columbia Police Foundation, 600 E. Walnut St., Columbia, MO 65201.

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