Bob Moesch, the founder of Modular Communications Systems, died on Oct. 27. He was 86 years old. Moesch had battled several illnesses in recent years, including diabetes and lung cancer. As recently as six weeks ago, he had been admitted to the hospital suffering from pneumonia.

Moesch served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, having enlisted as a 15-year-old after lying about his age. He also served during the Korean War.

He began his business career at Convair, an aircraft defense contractor. In the 1950s, Moesch attended San Diego State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in economics; he later served the school as a professor of accounting.

Moesch then went back to Convair as an accountant and senior estimator, before leaving in 1963 to start several companies, finally launching ModUcom in 1978.

In addition to his business accomplishments, Moesch faithfully served as a volunteer member for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association for more than 30 years. 

“I have lost a dear friend and mentor. I reflect on what made him a great man. Bob always spoke with a candor and wit that made us appreciate his wise words. He had strong principles that he acted upon without wavering,” said Peter Hong, ModUcom’s president and CEO, in a statement. 

“His life was a fulfillment of his dreams and aspirations,” the statement continues. “He loved his country, his God, his friends and his family, and his employees—and thus, his life was rich in happiness. He will be greatly missed.”

Moesch is survived by siblings Donald Moesch and Edna Black, in addition to many other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be conducted from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on October 30, 2013, at the Glendale Forest Lawn, Wee Kirk O’ Heather Church, 1712 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale, Calif. 91205.