Gordon Kent Moellman
Gordon Kent Moellman
August 26, 1925 ‐ July 17, 2020
MOELLMAN Gordon Kent, Mr. Gordon “Gordy” K. Moellman, 94, of Bay Village died on Friday July 17, 2020, while in the company of family members at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village. Gordon was born in Fremont, Ohio on August 26, 1925, the son of the late Clarence August and Mina May (Berry) Moellman. He was the widower of Analie (Lind) Moellman. She preceded him in death in 2010. He is survived by sons, Mark(Karen) Moellman, Dan (Ann) Moellman; daughter Janet (James) Longenecker. His son, the late Scott Moellman, preceded him in death in 1998. Loving grandfather of Ryan (Kathy) Moellman, Cara (Kevin) Aschliman, Katherine (David) Gibney, Luke (fiancée – Taylor Hallberg) Moellman, Erik (Allison) Moellman, and Matthew (Brittany) Moellman. Cherished great-grandfather of Abree, Blake, Jena and Tyler Aschliman, Josie and Jack Moellman, and Fiona and Ivy Moellman. Uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Gordon was four years old when the stock market crashed in 1929 and the Great Depression shaped his early life. The family was fortunate that Gordon’s father, Clarence, had a steady job with the Northern Ohio Telephone Company providing minimal income. Clarence was in the U.S. Army National Guard 33rdInfantry Division in 1917-18 in World War I. In 1936, the U.S. Government approved payment of a bonus to serviceman who qualified. Clarence received about $600. This allowed the family to make major house improvements. A basement was dug by hand under the house and a furnace was installed replacing the wood stove. A new bathroom and city water replaced the backyard well and the outhouse. Clarence bought a 1935 2-door Chevrolet and Gordon got a new Silver King bicycle.
The world changed on December 7, 1941 when Pearl Harbor was attacked and war was declared. Gordon was the valedictorian of the Harris Elmore High School Class of 1943. He was on the varsity basketball and track team and won the high jump competition medal at the DeVilbiss Relays in Toledo. Gordonpassed the entrance exam for the V12 Navy College Training Program and joined the United States Navy reporting for duty on July 1, 1943 at the University of Illinois. After one year at Illinois, Gordon took another test and was accepted in the Naval Officers Reserve Officers program at Rice Institute in Houston, Texas. In October 1945, Gordon was commissioned as an Ensign, U.S. Naval Reserve and was on active duty on Guam until June 1946.
Gordon returned to Ohio in 1946 and the G.I. Bill enabled him to complete his education at The Ohio State University graduating in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Gordon was a member of The Tau Beta Pi Association, the oldest collegiate engineering honor society in the U.S.,and won the C. Newton Brown Scholarship. Gordon attended the 1950 OSU vs. Michigan Snow Bowl in Columbus and remained a Buckeye fan for life and was a 50-year OSU football season ticket holder.
Gordon took the $300 C. Newton Brown Scholarship money to a jeweler in Napoleon, Ohio and bought an engagement ring for Analie Lind. Gordon married Analie at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Curtice, Ohio on August 28, 1948. They moved to Columbus and remained a loving couple for 61 years. Dad was the primary care giver for the last ten years of Mom’s life.
Gordon went to work in Columbus for Alden E. Stilson & Associates in 1948 and would remain at Stilson for 43 years retiring as a Partner in 1991.In 1952, Stilson was responsible for Construction Inspection of the Ohio Turnpike Section adjacent to the new Toledo Express Airport. Gordon was Section Project Engineer, the youngest engineer to be given that responsibility. Gordon was a Licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio. Mark and Dan became Civil Engineers, Licensed PEs, and worked at Stilson for several years.
Mark and Dan were born in Columbus. Scott was born in Toledo while Gordon worked on the Turnpike project. Gordon contracted Polio in 1954 and was hospitalized in Toledo. Analie spent countless hours massaging his legs. Gordon recovered and returned to complete the Ohio Turnpike project. The family moved back to Worthington, Ohio where Janet was born.
In 1958, Gordon helped to open the Cleveland office for Stilson and he and Analie moved their young family to Bay Village, Ohio.The Moellman home was the center of all family gatherings for the next 62 years, spending the last ten years as Grandpa Gordy’s Bed and Breakfast – all visitors welcome.
The Moellman family were active members of Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church. Gordon sang in the choir several years and served on Church Council. He also played and managed the Bethesda softball team for over 20 years and became a fixture in the Bay Early League softball circuit. In 1998, Gordon and Analie celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary with a grand reception at Bethesda.
Gordon was a fierce competitor and played to win at: horseshoes, badminton, ping-pong, softball, touch football, fishing, Cribbage, Euchre and Michigan Rummy. He taught life lessons to the next three generations at the Euchre table.
Our father and mother instilled a love of God, love of country, and a love of family in all of us. We took family trips toWashingtonDC, Gettysburg, Niagara Falls, Letchworth State Park, New York City – 1964 World’s Fair, Michigan, Chicago, and in 1967 a three-week trip West to the National Parks.
Gordon was a Dale Carnegie Course on Public Speaking instructor from 1965-1985 and taught several local Cleveland celebrities. He was a tremendous storyteller and joke teller could weave a tale for any audience. Gordon loved to embellish and make up stories as he read the newspaper aloud.
Gordon was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW Post 9693 serving as Commander2006-2011.In 2008, Gordon was privileged to participate in Honor Flight Cleveland to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC. An escort boarded the plane with Gordon and pushed his wheelchair the entire day. It was the trip of a lifetime. Some of Dad’s proudest moments were riding as a VFW member in the restored World War II Jeep in the Bay Village Memorial Day Parade.
Gordon took lessons and became an accomplished watercolor landscape artist featuring rural barn scenes. He had a gallery showing of 20 paintings at the Bay Library.
Memories include: Busy Andy Trip Hammer toy, annual trips to Cedar Point, riding the Ford Tri-motor to Put-in-Bay, Dad’s spring fishing trips to Georgian Bay with the Kenilworth neighbors, YMCA Indian Guides,Dad cutting hair for three sons through High School, summers with grandparents on the Lind farm and in Elmore, Camp Mowana family church camp, Camp Luther, balsa wood stick airplanes, Lionel trains, Camp Perry NRA rifle training, picnics at Huntington Beach, Findley Lake State Park, Crane Creek State Park, and Magee Marsh Wildlife Area,Perch fishing on Lake Erie, Paladin – Welsh Corgi dog, Bay High marching band and Rockettes, Peach Tree Restaurant, Lakeside cottages, golf at Old Orchard, burning leaves on the tree lawn, Weber Grill with several replacement covers, Delta Rockwell 8” table saw and 4” jointer, Stilson office at75 Public Square, the Avellone house, cleaning gutters, Cleveland Browns-Indians-Cavaliers-Barons games, OSU football games, Dad setting Dan and Ann up on a blind date to an OSU vs. Indiana football game,Allen Edmond shoes, Jack Purcell tennis shoes, station wagons, 1983 Oldsmobile 98 Regency, basketball games out back,duck decoys and wood carvings, Easter egg hunts, marbles, pocket knives,Sokolowski’s University Inn, Y2K confetti, music shows, Turner Classic Movies, Sorrento Ristorante, Heinen’s bread run to Redeemer, three-wheeled walker, calendar school clock, deer in the backyard, crossword puzzles and Malley’s Chocolates.
We cannot summarize almost 95 years of living in a few sentences, nor can you count the number of people whose lives Gordon touched along the way. Gordon was extremely proud of the lives and accomplishments of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. We all feel a deep and profound sense of loss. We have lost so much because we had so much. Gordon left his family and the world a better place.
Gordon always remained young at heart and his positive optimistic outlook kept him going along with an iPad connected to Facebook Messenger. Congratulations on a life well lived Dad…and as you always said, “Not bad…not bad for a kid from Elmore.”
The family will plan a memorial service in the future. Final interment will be at Union Cemetery, Elmore, Ohio. Memorials may be made to Bethesda-on-the Bay Lutheran Church, 28607 Wolf Road, Bay Village, OH 44140, or VFW Post 9693, P.O. Box 40185, Bay Village, OH 44140.