Passing of Mo Mozisek

The officers and staff of the Virginia Skeet Shooting Association are very saddened to report the loss of James “Mo” Mozisek. James “Mo” Mozisek, age 80, passed away peacefully on the morning of July 25 at Manassas Health and Rehabilitation under the care of Vitas Hospice. He died from complications from a traumatic brain injury he suffered from a fall at his home in Luray, Virginia, April 28th. He fought and worked hard, much like he did his whole life, for 86 days to recover but the damage from his brain injury was significant and medically complex. He was born on September 27, 1937 in Shiner, Texas to Rudolph and Caroline (Dornak) Mozisek. He was the eldest of five sons.

After graduating Shiner High School in 1956, James joined the Air Force in 1957. His service as part of the Security Police Division brought him to the Pentagon in Washington, DC in 1964 where he met his wife Barbara Phillips and married on June 4th of 1966 in Framingham, Massachusetts. After being stationed in Turkey and domestically the couple resided in Dale City, Virginia. In 1978 he retired from the Air Force as a trained locksmith at the rank of Master Sargent. He ended his career as a locksmith at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. After 15 years of service in this position the couple retired to Luray, Virginia in 1993. This was a location they found while enjoying Mo’s hobby of skeet shooting during visits to the Page Valley Sportsman's Club. Mo was a avid trap and skeet shooter as well as a deer hunter. For many years he spent deer seasons in Shiner, Texas hunting with his brother Ben and spending time with family and friends in his treasured hometown. Until his accident, Mo worked as a part-time locksmith and owner of Luray Lock and Key.


He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Barbara; daughters Jo Linda (David) Rowe and Theresa Foster and grandchildren; Emily Lawrence and Logan and Ethan Rowe; and brothers Joseph (Florine), Patrick and Benjamin (Beverly) Mozisek.

The family will greet friends from 1-2 pm Thursday, August 2 before a formal service celebrating his life at 2:00pm at the Bradley Funeral Home, 187 East Main Street, Luray, Virginia 22835. There will be a private burial at Culpeper National Cemetery on Friday, August 3.

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