Paul S. Moehn
1932 - 2021
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Paul S. Moehn

Urbandale - Paul Sutton Moehn passed away, at the age of 88, on Friday, February 26, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

He was born on August 23, 1932 in Burlington, Iowa to Walter and Lucille (Sutton) Moehn. His youth was spent growing up on the family farm, with his four siblings, in Danville, Iowa. He graduated from Danville High School in 1950, where he was a 4-year letterman in both basketball and baseball. Following high school, he attended Burlington Junior College. In 1952, he was drafted and served in the Korean War as a code breaker. Following his service, he returned to college at Iowa Wesleyan College for a year and then transferred to the University of Iowa, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in 1959.

In 1956, he married Veva Booten. They had four children: Greg, Jeff, Randy and Lisa. On November 18, 1971, he married Penny Graves. Paul and Penny had just celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary this past November.

Paul founded Moehn Electrical Sales Company, based in Des Moines, in 1969. The Company started as a manufacturing representative company of electrical equipment in the states of Iowa and Nebraska and now services companies throughout the entire Midwest. He retired at the age of 75 and turned the management of the company over to his son, Jeff, in 2007.

In 1988, Paul was diagnosed with cancer. After numerous surgeries and years of perseverance and tender care by his wife, Penny, he had remained cancer-free since 2000.

In his retirement, Paul and Penny enjoyed antiquing and collecting Moehn Brewery memorabilia, a Burlington-based company started by his granduncle, Martin Moehn, in 1903. He was also an avid fan of the IOWA Hawkeyes and rarely missed watching a football game.

Paul is predeceased by his parents, his brother, Robert; his sister, Frances, and his brother-in-law, Kirk Graves.

Left to mourn his loss are his wife, Penny; his children, Randy Moehn; Greg Moehn and daughters, Emily and Cailie; Jeff (Lori) Moehn and daughter, Chelsea; Lisa (Scott) Butterfield and daughters, Jessa and Lilli; Candace (John) Mailand and son, Michael; and Todd Tiernan; his siblings, Dean (Loramae) Moehn and Marjorie (Phillip) Lotz; his dear friends, Tony and Fran Carenza; and his beloved dog, Pasha.

Paul exemplified the traits of an entrepreneur. He had vision, confidence and passion. He was also a thoughtful and caring man and adored his family. He will always be remembered in our hearts and will be forever dearly missed.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to their dear neighbors, Jim and Gina Ross, and Howard and Anne Harris, for all their kindness and support during Paul's recent illness.

Arrangements are being handled by Iles Westover Funeral Home. Paul's wishes were to be cremated. Due to COVID guidelines, a memorial and his burial are expected to take place sometime in the summer, so that family members and close friends can safely attend. Online condolences are welcome at

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Published in the Des Moines Register from Mar. 4 to Mar. 7, 2021.
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March 8, 2021
Paul was such a wonderful gentle man. I always loved my time with him at my old hardware store and brief time living next door to him and Penny. Love an prayers to you all!
Brad Zaun
March 5, 2021
Rest In Peace, Paul. You were a good man.
Carla Beecher
March 5, 2021
I have known and worked in the industry with Paul since 1997. I was one of his distributors in DesMoines for his products to the electric utility market. Paul was always a joy to talk with and easy to do business with. Because of Paul and Jeff being so great, I went to work for Moehn Electrical Sales in 2001. It has been a wonderful career working for a fantastic company and family business. Paul was always very kind and very professional. He will be missed
Brian Winfield
March 5, 2021
To the family:
We are so sorry to hear about Paul and extend our deepest sympathy to you all . Our thoughts and prayers are with you during the days and weeks ahead.
Gary and Carolyn Pool
Gary B. Pool
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