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Walter Heintz Mossner

Walter Heintz Mossner died on September 23, 2016. He was 83.
Mr. Mossner was born in Schwabach, Germany, on December 9, 1932, the son of Karl Mossner, owner of a gold leaf export business, and Margarete Mossner.
In October of 1959, he married Krijns Kraaijenbrink at the St. Laurens Church in Rotterdam, Netherlands. They were the first couple to be married in the church after its extensive restoration due to the bombing of Rotterdam in 1940, during the Second World War. It is the city's only remaining medieval building. Together they moved to New York, where Mr. Mossner started his career with Volkswagen of America.
In the mid-1950s Volkswagen of America was just establishing its corporate US office, US distributorships, and US franchises. Before reaching the age of 40, Mr. Mossner became the National Dealer Development Manager and National Sales Manager. From 1970 to 1972 he led the introduction of Porsche and Audi automobiles in the eastern half of the United States for Volkswagen, which was distributing both brands. By the time he was 41, he had already acquired his first Porsche/Audi dealership and added more in the following years.
Mr. Mossner sold all his dealerships and commercial holdings in the Midwest by the early 1980s and moved to Northern California. In California, he worked for the United States Agency for International Development. He traveled to Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Azerbaijan, Rwanda, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Uzbekistan and Zambia to establish strategic business plans and sales-strategy development for formerly state-owned enterprises that were now privatized.
In May of 2006, Mr. Mossner received a letter from President George W. Bush, congratulating him on receiving the President's Volunteer Service Award for having served more than 4,000 hours.
Mr. Mossner was well-travelled, fluent in many languages, and had a great interest in world history, military history, and skeet and trap shooting. Later in life, he became the family's computer expert. He was IT for his children and grandchildren during their grade school through university years.
At the age of 66, Mr. Mossner bungee-jumped off of the Victoria Falls Bridge in Africa. He went through life having no fear and was always open to new challenges.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Krijns Kraaijenbrink Mossner of Sonoma, CA, son Karl-Peter Mossner of San Francisco, CA, daughter Henriette Mossner Corn (Sam) of Tiburon, CA, and his four grandchildren: Pierce, Krijns, Corrine, and Pieter.
He passed away at home with his family by his side. He lived a full life.
Walter H. Mossner was laid to rest in Sonoma, California. May his soul rest in peace.

(Published October 12, 2016)

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