Gordon Kent Moellman

Gordon Kent Moellman

August 26, 1925 ‐ July 17, 2020
Gordon Kent Moellman
Birthplace: Fremont, Ohio Resided In: Bay Village, Ohio

American FlagMOELLMAN 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.


Guest Comments

Eileen and John Snyder
North Ridgeville, Ohio

We had just moved back to Ohio in 2006 and I saw Gordon at the Senior Center in North Ridgeville in the summer of 2007. He was taking painting lessons in water color landscapes. I knew him from our Church in Bay Village, but had no idea he was a painter. One of his many talents. He will always be remembered!

Dennis Stylski
Bay Village , Ohio

My heart felt condolence to all of you in this time. I’ve known the whole Moellman clan for 40 plus years. We have had so many good memories together. Your Dad / Grampa was a central joy of so much. I will miss him. Love Pastor Dennis Stylski

Curt snyder
Bay Village

Gordy was an amazing softball player manager. He had a basement full of championship trophies from the Thursday softball league at Hartman field. He beat us one year for the league championship in the last inning with 2 outs my best outfielder dropped the ball against the home run fence in left center field ripped his jersey and we lost the game. Gordy did it again. Wow will never forget that one. My team was Herbs and I managed that team. You can’t imagine our conversations at church on Sunday mornings during the summer. In the 80’s Gordy would have to go out and pitch because Ted wouldn’t leave the bar on time! We all knew Gordy was bringing in ringers from other leagues but we didn’t care we had a riot playing those guys. We’d heckle them and they would do the same right back! There wasn’t one guy from church on the team but it was his team..oh correction his 2 boys played but for a very short time. I hope you find a team in Heaven.

Robin Marquardt (Woodburn)
Olmsted Two

I will always remember the fun times at the Moellman’s home and hearing Uncle Gordy laugh and tease us. The many Uno games we played and the fun New Years parties. He always made us feel more than welcome in his home.

Teryl Woodburn Hatcher
Maumee, OH

I will never forget (or my family) the many fun times and laughs with him and all the family. Especially, playing UNO!
Many fun and happy times! He will be missed by all of us. Rest in peace, Uncle Gordy!

Love, Teryl and Larry

Judy Minium
Avon Lake, Ohio

Gordie always had a way of turning his comments into a funny ending. He was a truly sincere type of person and someone you wanted to be with. God Bless him. I am thankful for my memories of Gordie.

James Kilgore
Avon Lake

A very fond memory I have of Gordy was when I was given the opportunity to join "his" softball team. It really wasn't his team, per se, but if not for his enthusiasm and joy of the game, one can only wonder how successful the Bay Softball League would have been without Gordy's presence and dedication, to all who participated.

Which brings me to this fun memory. I remember how much he enjoyed a good story, pun or joke (he loved to tell them - and there was no one better at this than Gordy) ; I was running late for a practice and got a phone call from Dan, needing to confirm my address (all contact information needed before I could officially participate). "Tell Gordy I live in Elmwood Estates (the next street west of Kenilworth where they lived at the time).

Knowing Gordy would enjoy a good laugh, I understand he absolutely howled with laughter!

I will always remember him as a man who deeply loved his family, and cared so much for everyone he knew, and this truly showed in every life he touched.

Elliott Manke
Lakewood, Ohio

You were one of the best and finest church friends that Louise and I became to know and totally enjoy your company as members of Bethesda On The Bay Lutheran Church, Abide in the Lord and rejoice in His love. You certainly did!

Lisa Butts Hanson
Avon Lake

I knew him and his whole family my entire life. It was a privilege. What a good, kind man. My sympathies to his children and the rest of the family.

Steve Dack
Lexington, KY

Dan- I’ll never forget the night your Dad took us all tobogganing somewhere on the other side of Cleveland. The chutes we went down must have been a mile long. At that point in my life, it was the fastest I’d ever gone!
So sorry to here of your Dad’s passing. He was a wonderful man whom I remember took a genuine interest in me while you and I were growing up. I’ll never forget him.

Bob Miller
Westlake, OH.

I will miss that ear to ear smile and most friendly greeting Sunday mornings. Rest in Peace my good friend with Our Lord.

Brian Haynes
Greenwich, NY.

My very sincerest condolences to the entire family. He sounded like a man I would love to know.

Laura & Jim Geuther
Bay Village, Oh

Gordy was a gem! One of a kind. What I will remember most about him is his positive, fun loving, happy attitude. He always had something nice to say.
Gordy will be missed,
Laura & Jim

Gloria Frombach
North Ridgeville

I am so sad to hear the news of Gordon's passing. We kept in touch right until the end on Facebook. He was one of the first people I met when we moved to Cleveland in 1989. I was trying to find activities for my college age son, Erich, and someone told me he managed a men's softball team. I told him my son was the best softball player in the world (I lied, I had never seen him play softball) and Gordon was definitely interested. He made a huge impact on my son's life and later on in my life as we formed a military group during the Iraq war where my other son, Matt, was serving. Didn't know he was a Dale Carnegie instructor, so was my husband, they would have had so much to talk about. I am honored to have known this fine and caring man. My sincere condolences go out to his family whom he adored. RIP, dear friend. I will miss you so much.

Jim and Diane Ninke
Perrysburg, OH

Gordon was one of the best. He ALWAYS had a kind, comforting, or encouraging word for everyone. Thank goodness that he loved facebook and could keep in touch with his more distant family. We all loved him and will miss him.
A life well lived. Well done, good and faithful servant!

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