Paul Ludwig Moll (1942 - 2017)

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Paul Ludwig Moll, 75, son of John and Marie (Ott) Moll, passed away peacefully on Sept. 24, 2017, at the Providence Transitional Care Center in Anchorage, Alaska. In the days before he passed, Mr. Moll was visited by many friends and family. He had been a resident of Eagle River, Alaska, for 34 years.
Paul was born in Mauch Chunk, Pa., in 1942, where he lived until graduating from Mauch Chunk Catholic High School. He had three brothers and a sister and was close with his family all of his life. While growing up he formed many friendships in the community that he maintained throughout his life.
Mr. Moll joined the Air Force right out of high school, and served for 26 years, retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant. He served in the Republic of Vietnam in 1968. Paul first came to Alaska in 1962, to Elmendorf Air Force Base, his second assignment after finishing tech school. He enjoyed the outdoors and people of Alaska and, after leaving Alaska in 1966, continued to include Alaska on his "wish list" for Air Force assignments for the rest of his career. Paul's last assignment in Alaska began in 1982, and he elected to retire from the Air Force in 1986 and remain in Alaska. He often spoke of the great people he had worked with in the Air Force from all parts of the United States. After leaving the Air Force, Mr. Moll worked for the Air Force as a civilian contractor on the DEW Line, spending most of his time at the Barter Island radar site. After three-plus years working at the radar sites in Alaska, Paul went to work for the Air Force as a civil servant with the Civil Engineering squadron at Elmendorf. He worked as an equipment operator, removing snow in the winter and working with the asphalt and grounds crews in the summer, for the next 18 years, until his retirement.
Beginning in grade school, Paul developed a love for automobiles that continued throughout his life. He especially enjoyed working on his 1937 Ford sedan and other vintage cars from the 1930s and 1940s. At the time of his death he was restoring a 1939 Ford sedan with his grandson. He was a member of the Midnight Sun Street Rod Association for more than 30 years and had attended many car shows and rod runs through the years. On top of his activities with his Alaska car club, Paul enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. to attend car shows. At the time of his death, he had hoped to be in Pennsylvania attending the Regional Fall Meet at Hershey, Pa., and the Carlisle, Pa., Swap Meet with his brothers. In addition to turning wrenches, Paul enjoyed auto racing. He and his brother built stock cars in high school, and Paul enjoyed watching racing at local speedways and on television the rest of his life.
During his retirement, Paul enjoyed traveling to visit friends and family around the Lower 48 and Alaska. Paul continued to enjoy hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor activities in Alaska. Mr. Moll was married twice earlier in his life: to Pauline (Volovsky) Moll, and later to Bonnie (Morrison) Moll.
Paul Moll is preceded in death by this mother and father; and his brother, George. He is survived by his brother, John Moll of Anderson, S.C.; his sister, Rosemarie Zeiser of Harrisburg, Pa.; and his brother, Jim Moll of Doylestown, Pa. Paul is survived by his longtime companion, Annette Addington of Eagle River. Between them, Paul and Annette had five children, Tom Moll, Micheal Moll, Sara Botta (Moll), Warren White and Dana Hunter (White); 11 grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A burial service will be held on Oct. 10, 2017, at 1 p.m., at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery located on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson near Anchorage, Alaska. Those wishing to attend should meet at the Arctic Valley entrance (JBER-Richardson Exit -gate) to Fort Richardson no later than 12:45 p.m. Others wishing to attend the funeral can meet no later than 12:30 a.m. at VFW Post 9785 in Eagle River to follow Paul's '37 Ford to the funeral. Family and friends will meet at VFW Post 9785 in Eagle River afterwards for a celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that everyone call an old friend that they haven't talked to in a while.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 8, 2017
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