As I write this column [late evening Wednesday, July 20], I tearfully announce that my father, Lee Junior Moody, passed away four hours ago. He is the greatest man I’ve ever known and he was not only loved by his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews, but by many friends who stopped in to see him.
He was a wonderful father to me and my three siblings, Ron, Bev and Brenda, and that love he had for us spread down the generations to our children and grandchildren.
Dad was the oldest of five children, having left behind brothers Harry and Jim and sister D’Arleen Waymire. Brother Dan and Dan’s wife, Becky, died 11 years ago on July 4 in a tragic vehicle accident.
We lost a kind, gentle soul and I am forever grateful God chose him to be our father. He was a family man with a good work ethic.
He served his country, worked at New Idea in Coldwater for 43-plus years, was old-fashioned and had a love for horses. Though he was kind of quiet, he did have a sense of humor, getting that from his father, Clark Leroy Moody, from some of the stories I’ve been hearing this week.
Dad was a veteran, a mentor, a friend, a hero and head of our home. I appreciate everything he did for us.
We hated to see him go but know he is in a better place. This would have been a big year for Dad. He would have celebrated his 70th anniversary with Mom [Bea Riffell Moody] on Sept. 5, and his 90th birthday on Sept. 21. It would have been nice to see those things happen, but they won’t and that’s okay. Dad is now in God’s hands.
He put up a courageous fight in his last days, and he will be forever missed by his family.
Speaking on behalf of my family, I would like to thank all of those who cared for him at Heartland of Greenville and from State of the Heart Hospice. He was treated well and was loved by many of them as well.
Happy birthday to:
• July 27 to Brenda Striegel, Gale Kenworthy, Corey Kramer Weiss, Clinton Randall, Mick Rinderle, Jason Grieshop and Ken Stiefel.
• July 28 to Katie Hummel (60), Shaun Soward, Carolyn Fosnaugh, Danielle Wolfe and Marilyn McMiller.
• July 29 to Ruth Ann (Covault) Riffell, Kay Pequignot-Davis, Martha Everman, Ron Clack, Brad Shook, Jeremie Hittle and Mark Bixler.
• July 30 to Fr. John White, Dennis Riffle, Scott Burkett, Toby Winner, Linda Birt Shafer and Arnold Norton.
• July 31 to Sue Coppock Rainey and Dee Kreutz Howell.
• Aug. 1 to Jeff Riffell, twins Ron and Rick Bickel, twins Sharon and Karon Strait, Dave Fitzgerald, Terry Longfellow, Jim Rinderle and Irene Rosenbeck Siler.
• Aug. 2 to Melinda Bryson Frantz, Marge Kell, Zane Keller, Gloria Hodge, Tina Jo Fourman Melinda Bryson, Adam Cothran, Denney Heck, Mike Williams of The Winery, Mitch Eiting, April Staver, Kathy Rearick Hiestand, Janice Klosterman Mills and Ron Crist.
• Aug. 3 to David Bryant, Sharon Miller, Scott Walters, Ethan Mann (14), John Grilliot, Carol Nelson, Joyce Wendel and Carrie Cautz.
Happy anniversary to Gene and Glenna Dispenette (40) and Jake and Alyssa DeMange, all on July 27; Clarence and Norma Kammer and Sandy and Dan Garber, all on July 28; Lynn and Tim Blakeley, Beverly and Jim Marker, all on July 3i0; Al and Lyn Bliss on July 31; Holly and Harold Riffell and John and Lori Linebaugh all on Aug. 1; and Greg and Becky Harshman (35) and Jodi and Scott Deaton, all on Aug. 2.
Don’t forget to pray for: Stacy Dorko, Dick Michael, Tracy Bailey, Bea Moody, Carol Bollheimer, Roger McEowen, Tim King, Gary Poor, Clinton Linebaugh, Layna Best, Jean Eastridge, Justin Ungericht, Alishia Clark Funk, Shannon Peters Hall, Tom Hawkins, Mike Bale, Phyllis Gibbons, Rosemary Wetzel, Greg Whittington, George Fanning, Angie Young Noggler, Kenny Borger, Mary Marshall, Jenson Fullerton, Judy York, Treva Hamilton, Sue Miller, Gary Reier, Carmen Sanders, Michael Allen Clark, Elmer Long, Anthony Joyner, Shirley Mead, Harry Moody, Jim Moody, Linda Subler, Jerrod Pratt, Tim Ridenour, Shelly Hoffman, Keith Howard, Betty Grimes, Kathy Magoto, Dean Brewer, Lisa Hall, Dick Neff, Tammy Shapiro, Ken Martin, David Magoto, Phil Clark, Sonny Hunt, Terry Longfellow, Don and Nina McDaniel, D’Arleen Waymire, Linda Johnston, Ron Kreitzer, Pappy Harshman, Delores Duncan, John Klipstine, Elsie Svajda, Dave Sherman, Sue Chitty, Phil Chilcoat, Christine Pipenger, Paul Barton, Terry Ungericht, Gracyn Blackburn, Robert Codling, Kohen Thwaits, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr.
Also, Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Joanne Sharp, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, Dina Dancer Morris, Teresa Mayo Amspaugh, Tina Kiser Deaton, Tonia Thompson, Fred Monnin, Stephen “Brownie” Brown, Nate Epperson, Brad Pipenger, Faye Schlecty, Sheila Reed, Bill Beasley, Steve Cunningham, Kody Ketring, Bob and Sandy Finkbine, Kevin Dickey, Joe Martin, Brenda Grimes, Margaret “Peg” Bundy, Kevin Hemmerich, Penny Starns, Tim Heck, Vanna (Hannam) Abbott, Addie Henderson, Barb Morrow Zimmerman, Samantha Smith, Todd Walls, Ron Kramer, Melissa “Missy” Helmer, Dana Holzapfel, Kara Didier, Carla Welch, Bill Schuette and to all those others who suffer from the many debilitating diseases.
And, God bless all of our military people serving and protecting this nation, as well as rescue, fire and law enforcement personnel who put their lives on the line to protect us.
Son Jamie and I extend our condolences to the families of: Dave Sloan and Bob Stauffer.
Think about: it: “Kindness is not perfected until it is shared with others.” — Unknown