Elmer Moe, of Mora, died on Friday, April 10, 2009 at the Villa Health Care Center. He was 85 years old.
A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 17, 2009 at the Calvary Lutheran Church of Mora with Rev. Dean Oelfke presiding. VISITATION will be from 5-7 pm on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service at church. INTERMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery of Mora.
Elmer H. G. Moe was born August 7, 1923 in Sunburg, MN to Jacob and Geoline (Glesne) Moe. Elmer was baptized August 22, 1923 and confirmed June 26, 1938. The family moved to New London when he was one. He attended grades 1-12 and graduated in 1942 from New London High School.
Elmer married Phyllis Jeanette Hedman April 19, 1958 in Aberdeen, SD. Her uncle, the Reverend David Hadley, performed the ceremony. After living briefly in Willmar and Sunburg, they moved to Pine City and eventually settled in Mora in 1962.
Like most young men during the depression and war years, Elmer found work wherever available. While working on the family farm, he also worked at the following locations: the Hystad farm, Gandrud Brothers Fairway Store, the Big Store in New London, Lee Equipment Company, Nordlie Chick Hatchery, Federal Fish Hatchery, the U.S. Post Office, school bus driver and Kandiyohi County. Finally in 1961 he accepted a position of Agricultural Inspector for the State of Minnesota. His district stretched from Anoka to International Falls. This was a position he held until retiring in 1992.
Elmer’s interests were hunting, fishing, trapping, bowling, family gatherings, steam threshing and family history. He was especially proud of his Norwegian heritage and his stories would reflect this. He was active in Scouting both as a scout himself and then as an adult leader beginning in 1953. He received several awards including the Silver Beaver Award signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. He served on numerous committees at Calvary Lutheran Church and was also on the church council. Elmer also enjoyed Toastmasters International.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by Phyllis, his wife of 51 years; daughter, Susan Myers of Mora; sons, Steven (Janice) of Grand Rapids, MN and Scott (Caroline) of Mora; eight grandchildren, Chris and Becky Myers, Josh and Jacob Moe, Kari, Martha, Erik and Annelise Moe; cousins, other relatives and many friends.
Elmer put God first in his life but he also loved his wife, his children and grandchildren. He was a gentle yet wonderfully strong husband, father and grandfather. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, April 17 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora. Pastor Dean Oelfke will officiate. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 16 at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora, plus one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be gladly accepted towards either of the following; a scholarship fund that is being established in honor of Elmer to help those dedicated youth from Mora’s Boy Scout Troop 191 pursue a degree in higher education, or the Calvary Lutheran’s basement renovation project.