Arthur E. Moan, 88, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Thursday, Dec. 5, at Prairie Maison Nursing Home, Prairie du Chien.
He was born June 4, 1925, in La Crosse, to Aksel and Gertrude (La Fleur) Moan. Art was a veteran of the United States Navy serving honorably during WWII from 1943 until 1946 aboard the destroyer escort, USS Lloyd. Art was wounded during combat and all the ship men around him received the purple heart but Art never applied for it. On March 22, 1947, he married Geraldine Leona Gautsch in La Crosse. Art was employed for 40 years as an agent/operator for the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy railroad, which later became the Burlington Northern and later yet the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. He lived in La Crosse, Winona, Minn., Redwing, Minn., Savanna, Ill., and lastly, Prairie du Chien. He was a member of the Elk’s and Moose Lodges. Art enjoyed fishing and working on wood projects.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine of Prairie du Chien; two sons, Robert Moan of Prairie du Chien and Terry Moan and his life partner, Nancy Kozlik, both of Tucson, Ariz.; one sister, Marilyn Libby of Clayton; one brother, Donald (Florence) Pearson of Turtle Lake; one sister-in-law, Jeanette (David) Woodruff of La Crosse; and one brother-in-law, Chet Andersen of Texas; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Terisa Ann Moan in infancy, Catherine Erickson, Clara Andersen, and Bernadette Glockzin; and five brothers, Michael Moan, Bernard Anthony “Rook” Moan, Russell Moan, Clarence Moan, and Aksel Moan.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, (Woodruff Chapel), 4239 Mormon Coulee Rd., La Crosse. Rev. Bruce Iverson will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery with military honors by the Roy L. Vingers American Legion Post 52 of La Crosse and the United States Navy Funeral Honor Guard. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to The Wounded Warrior Project at P.O. Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675 or online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org or to the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.