ROCK FALLS – Wilbert H. Moehlenkamp of Rock Falls passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at his home. He had attained the age of 98 years, 2 months, and 14 days.
Born Oct. 17, 1915, in Nashville, Ill., he was the son of Henry and Wilhelmine “Minnie” (Eigenrauch) Moehlenkamp. He was united in marriage to Evalyn “Birdie” Smith, daughter of John and Nora (Hill) Smith, on Sept. 6, 1935, in Nashville, by the Rev. Cloogy. She preceded him in death on Feb. 16, 2001.
He was raised on a farm in Plum Hill, and was confirmed in Plum Hill Evangelical Church in 1928. Throughout his long life, he was employed by the Mike and Ike Railroad, which was owned by the Missouri Pacific; the Key Foundry in St. Louis; the Mount Vernon Auto Lite; U.S. Post Office, Contour Saws; Scientific Animal Lab and Farms of Arlington Heights; and Vogel Peterson. Finally, he was the caretaker for the campgrounds in Decatur of the Church of God in Anderson, Ind.
He was an Army veteran of World War II, and was honorably discharged on Dec. 3, 1945. He was a member of The First Church of God in Houston, and Lincoln Avenue Church of God in Dixon. He loved his God and his family. He thoroughly enjoyed gardening, fishing, Dr. Pepper, and Oreo cookies.
Wilbert is survived by one son, Larry Moehlenkamp Sr. (wife, Pearl), of Stewart, Ohio; three daughters, Gladys Davis of Tampa, Fla., Wilberta Clark (husband, Robert) of Houston, and Debra Hughes (husband, Michael) of Rock Falls; 17 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; sister, Edna (Blumhorst/Suedmeyer); nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Minnie; his wife, Evalyn; his brother, Raymond Moehlenkamp and wife, Eleanora; his sister, Irene (Moehlenkamp) Meyer and husband Sam; his brother-in-law, Virgil Blumhorst, his son, Everett Lee; his son, Wayne and wife, Rita; his daughter Margie and her husband, Clifford Weatherford, his son-in-law, Charles Davis; and his granddaughter, Brenda Sapp.
Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday and the funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Campagna Funeral Home in Nashville, with pastor Don Jones officiating. Interment will be at St. Paul Cemetery in Nashville. Military graveside honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 110.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society and/or Hospice, and will be accepted at Campagna Funeral Home in Nashville.
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