Dad and Jag
Art Moran
  • 81 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 29, 1935
  • Place of birth:
    Illinois, United States
  • Date of passing: Oct 26, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Minnesota, United States
He was a man. Take him for all in all. I shall not look upon his like again.

This site is a chance for us all to share memories of our father, grandfather, uncle, or friend Art Moran, 81, who was born on June 29, 1935 and passed away on October 26, 2016.

His official correspondence was addressed to Arthur L. Moran, but he always went by Art.  He was a beloved father of six children, grandfather to 13 and great-grandfather to 12.  As for friends, it would be hard to count them since he had friends everywhere and made more at the drop of a hat.  Even in the nursing home, he always got to know everyone's story.  He had a quick wit and a story for every occasion.

He was born June 29, 1935 in Illinois to A. Laurence Moran and Edith (Clark) Moran.  The family lived in many towns in Illinois and Minnesota, including Big Lake, where Art attended high school.  He had a sister, Ruth, who preceded him in death, and a brother Dave.  

Art worked hard from the time he was a kid, often two or three jobs at a time.  He did dozens of different jobs, from building swimming pools and dams to his many years as a boiler engineer and maintenance man for Unisys (AKA Remington-Rand, Univac, Sperry, Loral, etc.).  He took early retirement in 1988 and enjoyed his well-deserved leisure years.

A competitive horseshoe pitcher, he traveled the country visiting tournaments, often with his family in tow.  He was twice the state senior champion and was inducted into the MGSHPA Hall of Fame in 1981.  In his later years, he spent many happy years toodling around the state (and beyond) in his 1921 Model T Ford.  He was active in several clubs, and was an officer many times.  His Wednesday morning coffee group met in his shop for years; they would drink coffee, talk about old cars and solve all the world's problems.

Art was preceeded in death by his first wife Faye and second wife Alice as well as his daughter Jennifer Jo.  He leaves behind children Mark, Teri, Julie, Pat and Marguerite; grandchildren Cory, Abe, Lee, Jessica, Jill, Joe, Sadie, Chuck, Lucas, Megan, Alex, Nicholas and Gretchen; and great-grandchildren Morgan, Kieran, Kadin, Garrett, Zoe, Brielle, Noah, Lily, Aubrey, Joey, Nolan and Sam.

One of Art's great joys was his beloved cats.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Prairie's Edge Humane Society.  

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Marguerite Moran on 18th November 2016

"It's so great to hear everyone's memories.  Dad was one of a kind, that's for sure.  Driving around with him was always an adventure.  Every town we went through, he'd point to a street and say, "I used to work with a guy who lived down there," or "That's where my old pal John used to live."  And every old car that went by he could identify by make, model and year."

This tribute was added by Sadie Shannon on 18th November 2016

"From the time he was first a part of my life as a young girl, I always thought he was too cool for school. He taught me about cars and took me to my first car show (back to the 50's). When I told him I loved him, his reply was always, "Well, that's swell". I remember as a young girl this confused me and I got a little older I made it a goal to get him to reply, "I love you too." It took me YEARS!  I knew he loved me but my stubborn self also knew I could get him to say it.  I will never forget the day he did!!  I had come home to MS to visit during my first year in college and it was Christmas time... I told him I loved him as he and Tunie were leaving the house, and he said back, "Well, I love ya too girl!"
VICTORY!
Thank you for always being so kind to me Grandpa Art. I will always love you."

This tribute was added by Georgiann Quinn on 15th November 2016

"Uncle Art was unique, which made him all the more appealing to us as kids. His hobbies and humor were abundant as was his zest for life and adventures.  RIP Uncle Art."

This tribute was added by Leah Moran on 14th November 2016

"As a child I only knew my cousin as Tunie. One day I asked my uncle Art what Tunie was short for. He said Petunia that Tunie was his little Petunia. Needless to say for many years I thought her name was Petunia. I am not sure why this has always stuck in my head."

This tribute was added by Gretchen Moran on 12th November 2016

"I loved Papa Art, and I know he loved me. He's my Grandpa. You may say he's gone but I say he's not. He always with me in my HEART ❤"

This tribute was added by Laurel Singer on 11th November 2016

"I don't know if I remember the actual event, or if this memory is from later seeing the film my Dad (Charles Geisinger) shot, but I can clearly picture Art and Alice's wedding. It was obvious they were so much in love. Art couldn't take his eyes off of Alice, and every time she'd notice him staring at her, she'd drop her eyes demurely and give a sweet little smile. It was so romantic!"

This tribute was added by Laurel Singer on 11th November 2016

"Whenever we would visit Uncle Art, we begged and begged for him to take us out in the Model A. He'd back the open-top car out of the barn, and all the kids would scramble on board. Art putt-putted us all around Webster. The little American flags on the hood would be whipping in the breeze, and me and my siblings would wave to all of Art's neighbors. It was always over too soon! Thanks, Uncle Art."

This tribute was added by Teri Phyle on 6th November 2016

"He taught me to be true to myself, a valuable life lesson. He called me Tessie and when he introduced me he referred to me as his number one  daughter. Not a day will pass that I won't miss him and think of him with great fondness. RIP Dad. I love you always!"

This tribute was added by Lisa Tingle on 5th November 2016

"I am very sorry for your loss. Losing your last parent is so hard. I had the pleasure of spending a few holidays with him and he was always so sweet to me. Although I did not know your Dad well, I know that he was a kind person who loved his family very much.  He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. My deepest sympathies."

This tribute was added by Christy Cave-Schilling on 4th November 2016

"My heart breaks for all of you. Art was such a creative soul and great individual.  From the tee pee at the state tourney to the countless stories near the horseshoe courts.  His presence will be missed.  May you still feel his love from afar as our loved ones never truly leave us but just communicate with us in other ways."

This tribute was added by David Haugen on 3rd November 2016

"Art was a real pleasure to have known you,  the word unique comes to mind when I think about you, I enjoyed our time and visits at horseshoe events.
Goodbye old buddy"

This tribute was added by Jacqueline Lucas on 2nd November 2016

"To the family,
    I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of your family member. Please accept my condolences. Always remember that God knows what we go through. The Bible says '' he cares for you''. ( 1 peter 5:7) Because he cares for all of us, he gives us promises for the future that we can look forward too. Isaiah 25:8 says-'' He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign lord Jehovah wipe away the tears from all faces.''
We have this promise that God will soon do away with death forever. Because he cares for mankind, he gives us this promise and many others for the future. If you would like to learn about more, please visit jw.org."


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