Charles ‘Toad’ Moss and Sage

Grave of Charles Moss and Suzanne Moss - Logan OH 07-03-2015As you may have figured out by now, I’m a sucker for cemeteries. Fortunately, my Road Warriorettes share my affinity for them. I can’t count the number of U-turns we’ve made to explore some narrow graveled rut of a road that would scare a billy goat.

The Oak Grove Cemetery in Logan, Ohio, has some interesting features going back to the 1800s, but this modern marker for Charles “Toad” Moss was what caught my eye.

Even if it didn’t contain an amazingly lifelike sculpture of a dog, the hanging wind chimes and a white orb that must represent the sun or the moon would make you want to get closer. (Click on the photo to make it larger.)

Moss Obituary in Logan Daily News

Grave of Charles Moss and Suzanne Moss - Logan OH 07-03-2015LOGAN — Charles “Toad” Almon Moss, 73, of Logan, passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at his residence.

Born Nov. 14, 1940 in New Vienna, Ohio, he was the son of Frances Lucille (Mowery) Moss of Circleville and the late Charles Elmer Moss.

Toad previously farmed in Pickaway County and had retired after 46 years of service as a plant engineer from PPG Industries in Circleville. Charles attended the Immanuel United Methodist Church and had formerly attended the Trinity Lutheran Church, both of Logan. He was a former member of the Minor Chords Barbershop Chorus and the Columbus All Breed Dog Training Club.
He is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne (Shoenfelt) Moss; two sons, Charles Douglas (Vicki) Moss of Westerville and Michael Sheldon (Lori) Moss of Canton, Ohio; two daughters, Heidi Michelle Moss of Blacklick and Mariah Bree Moss of Logan; four grandchildren, Zack, Josh, Lee and Mackenzie Moss; two sisters, Judy (Jim) McCord of Dublin and Nina (Chuck) Southall of Chillicothe. He also is survived by his faithful dogs, Sage, Rosie, Honey Bear and Major.

The dog statue is wearing a real collar with a tag that says, “Sage 2002 – 2014.” I guess that means owner and faithful dog are reunited.

2 Replies to “Charles ‘Toad’ Moss and Sage”

  1. Hi Ken, I am the same way. For years I used to see this elaborate mausoleum from the 10/405 freeway in Culver City, California, on my way to the beach in Venice. One day I went into the grave yard to check it out and it was the grave site of Al Jolson. The most elaborate I have ever seen. It is truly unbelievable. In today’s dollars it would cost millions (if they would let you build it).

  2. Dear Tim,
    I lived in Culver City for 20 years. Not only do I know the Jolson memorial, I wrote a novel (A Little Too Much) in which it gets blown up as a character leaps from pond to pond below it to escape. It’s fun to destroy eyesores in one’s imagination.

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