Local Organizations Benefit from Dick and Sue Moster’s Generosity

Richard “Dick” and Sue Moster’s philanthropic spirits have long been known by those residing in the Rush County community.  If you were fortunate enough to know them, neither were someone you would quickly forget.


Dick, a lifetime Rush County resident, and Sue, a Rush County resident since her mid-twenties, were married in 1958.  Both graduated from Ball State University.  In addition to his schooling at Ball State, Dick served in the US Army and graduated from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science.  He was a third generation funeral director, beginning his career working in the family funeral home his grandfather started in Laurel, IN in 1884.  The Mosters expanded the business into Rushville in 1931, and as most Rush County residents know, he continued to work in the family business until his passing.  Sue retired from a career as a speech and hearing clinician/pathologist, serving most of her career in the local school system.  Aside from spending time with their four children (Dan, Amy, Ann, and Ellen) and their grandchildren, they enjoyed traveling and spending their summers at Carp Lake, Michigan in their later years.


Between their work and benevolent involvements, they dedicated their lives to their family and community.  As active members of the Rush County community, they were long time members of St. Paul United Methodist Church, and each served as volunteers and leaders of a variety of local organizations.  In addition to their other community involvements, Dick served as one of the Foundation’s earliest board members, and he and Sue established the Rush County Community Fund to support the charitable needs of the community in 1994.  The first fund of its type, the Rush County Community Fund has since provided over $850,000 in grants to benefit Rush County nonprofit organizations and people!  Their belief in Rush County and the Rush County Community Foundation has shaped our community.


In 1998, while working on their estate planning, Dick and Sue elected to establish a Charitable Remainder Trust to ensure that a portion of their estate would be utilized to achieve their charitable wishes in perpetuity.  Upon Dick’s recent passing, the proceeds from the charitable remainder trust were realized and disbursed to support their selected causes via the Rush County Community Foundation.


The choices that Dick and Sue made 20 years ago have been fulfilled and will make a difference for countless generations of Rush County residents.  The Rush County Senior Citizens Center, Inc., the Boys and Girls Club of Rush County, the Rush County Community Foundation, the Rushville Community Center, and the Rush County community via the Rush County Community Fund are recipients of their generous bequest.  These organizations will forever receive support from their contribution to each organization’s permanent endowment fund at RCCF.


The Rush County Community Foundation is honored that we were selected to assist Dick and Sue with the fulfillment of their charitable goals.  If you are interested in learning more about making a gift, for today or tomorrow, we encourage you to visit our website at www.rushcountyfoundation.org/giving or contact our office at 117 N. Main St., Rushville.

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