PEKIN ~ William Emil “Bill” Moldenhauer, 90, of Pekin, passed away at 7:32 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at The Grand Victorian of Pekin.
Born November 13, 1921 in Forest City to Christian “Chris” and Mary (Zimmerman) Moldenhauer, he married Virginia Mae “Vicky” Harris on May 19, 1946 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in rural Manito. She died January 7, 2007 in Pekin. He was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Fred Moldenhauer, Herman Moldenhauer, and Albert Moldenhauer; and four sisters, Pauline Hanel, Pearl Ripper, Irene Pfeiffer, and Leola Pfeiffer.
Surviving are one daughter, Darla (Beth Cooper) Moldenhauer of Bourbonnais; two sons, Dennis William Moldenhauer of Easton and Mark Moldenhauer of Topeka; 2 brothers, Harold (Carol) Moldenhauer of Delavan; and Howard (Marilyn) Moldenhauer of San Jose; and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind a special friend, Elizabeth “Betty” Armbrust of Manito.
He was a 1939 graduate of Forest City High School.
Together, Bill and his wife farmed for 41 years in the Forest City, Delavan, and Easton areas before retiring to Pekin in 1987.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in rural Manito and the Mason County Farm Bureau. He and his wife had been active in the Tri-County Twirlers square dance group and the Coachman Camping Club for many years.
Bill was a true Christian man that was very soft-spoken, honest, kind, and always saw the good in things.
His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2012 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in rural Manito. Pastor Eugene Haug will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin, where there will be a remembrance service at 4 p.m. Additional visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 21819 North County Road 3300 East, Manito, IL 61546 or Hospice Compassus, 2000 West Pioneer Parkway #24, Peoria, IL 61615.
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