Wallace F. Moyer Jr. was 14 when he began traveling to his family’s house in Noyac on his own. Before the Long Island Expressway or Sunrise Highway, he was known to have ridden his bicycle along Montauk Highway, pitching a tent on the way, his family said.
Mr. Moyer died at home on Spring Lane in Noyac last Thursday of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease, which he had been diagnosed with in 2000. He was 89.
Mr. Moyer was in business with his father in W.F. Moyer and Son Builders, a residential and commercial construction firm. They worked around Oceanside, where the younger Mr. Moyer grew up, and built many houses in the Sag Harbor area. He built three houses on Spring Lane and others on nearby Wickatuck Lane, where his family first built a summer cottage in the 1930s.
Mr. Moyer was born in Mineola on Jan. 23, 1925. His parents were Wallace F. Moyer Sr. and the former Anna May Trimpin, whose family was from Sag Harbor.
After he graduated from Oceanside High School, he tried to volunteer for military service, but was turned away because of hearing loss in one ear due to a case of scarlet fever when he was a child, his family said. Even so, he ended up being drafted and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II from 1943 to 1946. A corporal first class, he was stationed in New Guinea, where he worked as a truck driver, transporting bombs and personnel.
Upon his return, he enrolled in Cobleskill College upstate, from which he graduated. He also joined the Salamander fire company in the Oceanside Fire Department, serving more than 15 years.
In 1960, he married the former Isabel K. Riordan. She survives him.
The couple moved to Noyac full time in 1973 to raise their five children. Mr. Moyer partially retired in 1988. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Monica Moyer Morris of Friendship, N.Y., and Wallace F. Moyer III and Thomas W. Moyer, both of Sag Harbor. Fifteen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and 11 nieces and nephews also survive.
A daughter, Mary Therese Moyer Bennett of Niantic, Conn., died last year. A son, Michael J. Moyer of Sag Harbor, died in 1990.
A brother, Robert Moyer of Oceanside, survives him. Another brother, Donald Moyer, also of Oceanside, died before him.
A service will be held today at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by a Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Farmingville at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be at St. Andrew’s Cemetery in Sag Harbor.
Donations in Mr. Moyer’s memory have been suggested for East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978, or St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 900 Horseblock Road, Farmingville 11738.