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ARTHUR HENRY MOLL II(1929-2012)

Arthur Henry Moll II, age 83, passed away peacefully on September 26, 2012, in Anacortes, Washington. A loving devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend, Arthur will be missed by all who knew him.

Born on August, 8, 1929, in Arlington, Washington, he was the second of four children born to Carl and Lorene Moll.

He was a graduate of Arlington High School. While attending college in Texas he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. Serving in Germany he was honorably discharged in 1952.

Soon after arriving home he met and married Margaret Ellen Wheeler, the love of his life. They shared 59 loving years together and were blessed with four daughters.

For a time Arthur worked with his father, owner of Moll Funeral Home in Arlington, that business having been started by his grandfather, Arthur Henry Moll, I in the early years of that town.

In 1961, Arthur moved his family to Ketchikan, Alaska to work at Ketchikan Mortuary which he purchased in 1963 and operated for 38 years before retiring to Anacortes, Washington.

Arthur enjoyed hunting, boating, fishing, walks with his dogs, spending time with the family, and being in the great outdoors.

A stanch Republican, he liked a good political debate. He served as City Councilman and Borough Assemblyman in Ketchikan.

When the family gathered he would pull out the cribbage board. Arthur epitomized the best of his generation with hard work, unselfish sacrifice for his family, loyalty to his friends, and devotion to his church and community. He was a life-long member of the Elks Club, American Legion, and VFW in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Arthur is survived by his wife, Margaret; and daughters Laura Murph, Ketchikan, AK; Victoria Moll, Seattle, WA; Marie (Darrell) Mooers, Stayton, OR; and Karen (Urs) Geser, Houston, TX; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister Carolyn Melby, Bakersfield, CA; brother Carl (Arliss) Moll of Arlington, WA; nephews, Alexander (Tanya) Moll and Eric (Paula) Moll and families; and nieces, Sarah Melby and Linda Gilli (Greg) and families.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Charles Moll.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Trinity Anglican Church, 1200 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall.

A private graveside service for Moll family members will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Washington.

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands.

To share memories of Arthur, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.

Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Oct. 2, 2012
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