Traverse City Record-Eagle

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December 22, 2013

Paul William Moeller

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. — Paul William Moeller, born July 26, 1929, departed of natural causes on Dec. 14, 2013, in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marian; children and their spouses, Barbara McGuire, Diane and Tim Kirkendall, Mary Beth and Doug Bradfield, and Dan and Patti Moeller; and grandchildren, Robert and Tim McGuire, Laura and Ben Bradfield, Kelsey Moeller and Kasey Kirkendall.

Paul was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to loving parents, Leo B. and Rosella M. Moeller and siblings, Roy and Dave. Paul met his future wife, Marian in his neighborhood, and their marriage of 60 years began with them walking together to church.

As a boy Paul considered a life of Catholic devotion and attended seminary for two years. But as this was not his calling, he graduated from Elder High, served in the U.S. Army and attended Xavier University before he married in 1953.

Paul found his passion in a career with National Cash Register Company and served as sales manager for main frame computers long before the PC was invented. In 1966 he transferred to Traverse City.

In between his PCP conventions Paul could be found gassing up his speed boat or pontoon, serving tirelessly as a Record-Eagle ski referee, restoring cottages on Long Lake, playing tennis or golf at the country club and playing Gin (Rummy).

He was a member of Immaculate Conception and St. Francis parishes and hosted three Rotary exchange students.

Paul was a cheerful athletic competitor and lifelong “Glad” hander friend to Ed Petty, Bill Golden, Paul Ameel, Bob Brick, Ted Kramer, Dr. Wagner and many more local friends. They called him “Moelly.”

He was a builder and wall paperer, yard raker, grass cutter, snow shoveler, avid high school sports fan, husband, parent, a family meat and potatoes man.

In 1988 Paul retired, and he and Marian moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., where he honed his golf skills until a bad knee forced him to drive the cart chasing bunnies instead of golf balls. This was much to the delight of his several grandchildren, and in 2003 the couple moved to Steamboat Springs to be closer to the daughters and their families who had gravitated to the Colorado ski hills. He took up porch sitting and parade escorting.

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