William “Willie” Moeller, 98, of Winner, SD passed away on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 at the Winner Regional Health Care Center in Winner, SD. Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 at 10 a.m. at the Winner United Methodist Church in Winner, SD.
Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery. A visitation was held one hour prior to the services.
Willie Moeller was born to Frank and Elsie (Maier) on May 30 1922 at their home in Carter, SD. Willie had 2 sisters and 4 brothers.
Babe with her 2 sons Patrick and Bill moved to Winner, SD. This was where she would meet the love of her life Willie. They met on Main Street in Winner and were married in 1956 in Pierre after two short weeks.
After marrying, Willie and Babe purchased the Five Spot in 1960 on Main Street in Winner, owning it for three years before moving to Newport, Neb. They bought the Bar 20, which was along Highway 20, and owned and operated it for another three years. Willie had always wanted to move to a large city and work for a big company. A friend referred them to a big plant in Grand Island where they made bombs.
Willie phoned the company that very next day, and both got jobs at the bomb plant. Babe worked making trinkets and mini mites, which was very fitting considering her small stature and powerful personality, while Willie was in charge of measuring the powder. They both worked together until the plant closed four years later. After the closing of the plant, Willie and Babe wanted to settle down and move from the city. They purchased an 80-acre farm near St. Libory, Neb., where he still resided till January 2020 when he fell and broke his hip. He was hospitalized in Grand Island and Winner till he was well enough to live with Tim and Deb. Willie’s quaint farm house is nestled amongst many fields of corn and trees, alongside his barns and guest house cottage.
They always had a big garden, and took great pride in riding their lawn mowers to make their yard look special. They always had many cats to welcome their guests. Willie enjoyed a good game of cards in which Willie was proud of the fact he never lost a game of cards (he didn’t very often) but when he did, he would say, have to loss sometimes or nobody will play anymore.
Willie enjoyed playing checkers with Roy each winning a game, then quit so neither one would be mad.
Willie went to be with Babe on Oct. 12, 2020. He was very well liked in the hospital, never complaining and always having something to say or talk to the nurses and doctors about. Willie and Babe were always together wherever they went and now together again.
Willie is preceded in death by his parents, wife Babe, infant daughter, and sons, Bill and Patrick. 2 sisters and brother-in-law’s: Betty (Jerome) Flisram and Amelia (Johnny) Combs. 4 brothers and sister-in-law’s: Ray (June), Frantz (Esther, son Bobby and infant daughter), Roy (Estella, daughter Marcella), and Dick. And 1 sister-in-law, Linda Bicek.
Willie is survived by nieces and nephews: Elizabeth (Alvin) Focken, children, Justin and Tyler; Joyce Flisram; Dennis Flisram; Louise Flisram; Connie Rae (Doug) Frantz; LaVonne (Brett) Brickman, children, Carter and Coy; Kenneth (Twila) Combs, children: Brent, Dawn, Heather, and Joshua; Linda Moeller; Brenda Moeller; Dough (Allison) Moeller, child, Lacey; Sharon Harbolt, child, Stefanie; Bobby, children, Russ, Sherrie, Tim, Renee, and Meridie; Kyle, children, Trent, Paul, and Sierra; Kathy (Steve) Mach, children, Roy and Lexy; Tim (Deb) Moeller, children, Tanner and Loren; Todd (Amy) Moeller, child, Morgan. Daughter-in-law’s: Joyce McHenry and Connie McHenry. Grandson Martin (Becky), great grandchildren, Abbie, Heaton, Thomas, andLillie. Brother-in-law Marlo Bicek, children, Kay (Dan), children, Kelly and Samantha; Amy (Dwayne), children, Emily, Jesse, and Ethan; Todd (Angie), children, Brandon and Austin; Carol (Justin), children, Hanna and Elijah.