James Stephen Mosley, Brodhead, WI (1953-2014)
April 6, 1953 - May 5, 2014
James Stephen Mosley, 61, of Brodhead, died May 5, 2014, after a long battle with a debilitating illness and complications of long-term paralysis. 'Steve' was born on April 6, 1953, in Fairhope, AL, to James and Geraldine Mosley, eldest son of three boys, and two girls. As a teen, he excelled at motocross, ice skating, golf and wrestling, and was 'Big 8 Conference Wrestling Champ' as a junior at Craig High School, Janesville. Steve set his sights on the State Wrestling Championship, and dedicated himself to a rigorous training schedule. On the first day of his summer construction job, a disastrous fall crushed his spine and dream, but not his spirit. The accident left him a paraplegic at 18 years of age, however, his drive and determination remained intact. Following a long and difficult rehabilitation, he returned to graduate, walking with crutches to accept his diploma, and receiving a standing ovation.
Even at the age of 61, Steve took each day as it came, without complaint, always remaining positive and willing to help others. Dealt a tough hand, he played it admirably. Steve accepted an invitation to study the Bible with Jehovah's Witnesses at age 19. He found great comfort in learning Jesus' Kingdom rule over mankind will cure all human infirmities and conquer death forever (Revelation 20:6). It was his strong faith in the Bible's promises, 'The meek will inherit the earth,' (Psalm 37:29) and should he die, 'There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous' (Acts 24:15) and many more, that fortified him to sustain his positive attitude and cheerful disposition. On a Sunday evening alone at his kitchen table, he peacefully succumbed to his illness, resolutely confident in God's promises, knowing that soon God's original purposes for mankind will be realized and fulfilled.
There is no way of knowing how many lives Steve touched. He was a very giving man. He sang and played his guitar for all to enjoy. A self-taught musician, he performed professionally in Janesville, and Madison. Steve also took delight in sharing 'this good news of the kingdom' (Matt. 24:14). His sincerity, warm smile and charming personality will be missed.
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James Stephen (Steve) Mosley is survived by his father and stepmother, James and Catherine Mosley of WI; his mother, Geraldine Mosley of AL; a sister, Shellie (Mosley) Curtis of CT; a brother, Edward (Diane) Mosley of AR; step-brothers, step-sisters and relatives as follows: Jeanne (Wayne) Jackson-Heim of ID, Suzanne (Mark) Rohloff of WI, Glen Sanft (Mary Foster) of IN, Teresa Nelson of WI, Tim (Claudia) Sanft of WI, Dan (Teresa) Sanft of IN; as well as, many fine nephews, nieces, grandnephews, and grandnieces. He was predeceased by a brother, Ted L. Mosley; and a sister, Bonnie Sue (Mosley) Marko.