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.
Throughout his life Paul was inseparable to his devoted wife, Marian, and he was a dedicated husband, leader, protector and provider.
These are just a few details but over time they reveal a man who is engaging, active, hard working, daring, focused, persevering, commanding, trustworthy and accountable. They reveal a man who constantly grew to create a satisfied, vibrant life with a secure and loving family surrounding him. In being such a man Paul had always been steadfast in his faith, a man of integrity and truth, loyal, loving and very giving. That’s what he gave to us, his family, an example of God’s love. Therein lies the memory of Paul W. Moeller and the charity behind all the details. In the corners of his mouth, he always held a smile.
A Memorial Mass was held at Holy Name Catholic Church, Steamboat Springs, Colo., at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to www.FoodForThePoor.org.