Roger Frank Moellers, 82, of Ossian, Iowa passed peacefully Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Eastern Star in Decorah, Iowa where he lived for the last seven years. Roger was born on January 22, 1935, the youngest son of Felix and Margaret (Heying) Moellers in Ossian, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed in his faith at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Ossian, Iowa. Roger received his education at the De Sales Catholic School.
Roger served his country in the United States Army, enlisting on April 20, 1955 and serving as SP 4th class. He was stationed in Korea. When coming home from Korea Roger crossed the dateline so he celebrated his 21st birthday two days in a row. He went to sleep after celebrating his birthday and then woke up the next day to his birthday. Roger was honorably discharged on February 4, 1957 and returned home to the family farm.
Roger and Irene met through letters when he was in Korea. Irene was writing letters to her brother who was serving with Roger. Her brother asked her to write letters to his friend also. When Roger got back they dated. Roger was united in marriage with Irene Mary Winter on April 16, 1958 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waucoma, Iowa. Six children were born to this union. Together, they made their home on the Moellers family farm and lived in the little house until the family grew too large and they switched houses with Felix and Margaret. Irene passed away on May 21, 1985. Roger and Irene loved to square dance and to farm.
Roger moved off the home place to his second farm and continued farming with his son, Ron on the home farm. He stayed there until moving to Eastern Star on September 30, 2010.
Roger is survived by five children, Irene (Gerald) Krivachek of Fort Atkinson, Iowa, Ronald (Barbara) Moellers of Ossian, Iowa, Debra (Darrell) Schmelzer of Ossian, Iowa, Donna (Ron) Nesvik of Ossian, Iowa and Rodney Moellers of Ridgeway, Iowa; grandchildren, Melissa Krivachek, Melanie (Brian) Vobr, Maxwell (Marisa) Krivachek, Dustin (Katie) Moellers, Dereck (Starlette) Moellers, Devin Moellers, Blair (Kim) Schmelzer, Jason (Karli) Schmelzer, Matthew Schmelzer and Nicholas Schmelzer, Mitchell (Danielle) Nesvik and Tyler (fiancée, Jazmine Olson) Nesvik; great-grandchildren, Kalissa, Cordell, Violet, Adalyn, Tristan, Zane, Dawson, Isabella, Bailey, Madison, Paisley and Ryker; step-grandchildren, Eric Riley and Elizabeth (Ryan) Riley ; step great-grandchildren, Cole, Jamison, Alayna; sisters, Betty (Leonard) Kuboushek of Spillville, Iowa and Margaret “Toots” Hager of Muscatine; sister-in-law, Dorothy Holthaus of Cresco, Iowa; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Roger was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Moellers; parents, Felix and Margaret Moellers; son, Roger Jr.; step-grandchild Shane, brothers, Raphael (Esther) Moellers, Rufus (Betty Lou) Moellers and Ireaneus (Catherine) Moellers; brother-in-law, Robert Hager; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Louis and Johanna Winter; and many Winter family members.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 pm with a 7:00 pm Scripture Service on Monday, September 18, 2017 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Ossian, Iowa. There will also be a one hour visitation before Mass at the church on Tuesday.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Ossian, Iowa with Rev. Robert Gross as the Celebrant.
Burial will follow at St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, Ossian, Iowa with Military Rites.
Schmitz-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Ossian, Iowa is helping the family with arrangements.