John H. Moeller of rural Wheeler, went to be with our Lord Jesus on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, surrounded by his loving family.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, south of Dieterich,with the Rev. Stephen Gillet officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to time of service, Sunday at the church. Memorials may be made to the John H. Moeller Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o First National Bank of Dieterich. Bauer Funeral Home, Effingham, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.bauerfh.com.
John was born Sept. 7, 1948, in Effingham, the only son of Oscar and Viola Moeller. He had a strong faith in God and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Dieterich. John grew up on a Centennial dairy farm where he raised and bred local and state championship Holsteins as well as a National Grand Champion bull. He was very active in 4H, as a member and a leader. John loved sports. He was an avid Cardinal, Illini, and Cowboys fan. He was a baseball, softball and basketball official. He also was a long time, skilled clock keeper at Dieterich High School boys basketball games. John coached many girls and boy’s youth sports teams throughout the years. He loved coaching his own kids and being in the stands or on the sidelines for all his grandchildren’s events. John enjoyed history, taking trips to historical landmarks and places of interest around the country.
John had several careers: Dairyman, manager at Rural King, manager at Ponderosa and manager at Zippy Lube. He retired in 2012. He married Janice Miller on Oct. 19, 1969. They had three children, Christa and Brian Packer of Mattoon, Scott and Libby Moeller of Effingham, and Andrea and Jason Holtz of St. Peters, Mo. John married Aleah Brown on Sept. 25, 1998. This brought three more children into the family, Jessica and Kevin Lotz of St. Peter, Teresa and Ryan Christoff of St. Peters, Mo., and Nicholas Coleman of Wheeler. John has nine grandchildren, Jamie and Kyle Packer, Tucker and Margaret Moeller, Adeline, Grace and Gunnar Holtz, Sophia and Sierra Lotz. He loved his grandchildren very much and they all thought he was the best! John wished to be cremated to preserve the land for future generations of homes, farms and woodlands. He was happiest outdoors, being a farmer.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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