Moen, Loren Alden “Bud” (1927-2010)

Loren “Bud” Moen, 83, of Thief River Falls, MN died on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. John Golv officiating.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN.

Loren Alden Moen was born on January 24, 1927 in Middle River, MN the youngest of eight children born to Albert and Clara (Moen) Moen. He was baptized and confirmed at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Newfolden, MN. Bud attended school in Newfolden and at the age of 17 lost his right thumb in an accident which prevented him from being drafted for military duty. He graduated from high school in1945.

Bud went to work on a farm near Ayr, ND to earn money to pay for his medical bills. He then worked for a short time in the potato fields in the Karlstad and Kennedy, MN area. In 1948 he went to work for Collins & Sons Construction in Fargo, ND where he worked for 20 years, the last 10 years as a mechanic.

On June 7, 1952 Bud was united in marriage to Ruby Johnson at Holt, MN. They made their home in Thief River Falls and during those 20 years which Bud worked for Collins Construction, they traveled with the company. In September of 1969, Bud went to work for Steiger Manufacturing as a mechanic and soon was promoted to Service Manager Representative. During these years, they made their home in the Fargo, ND area. He traveled throughout the world including Australia and Hawaii, teaching mechanics with this job. On June 30, 1988 Bud retired and the couple made their home in Thief River Falls where they have continued to reside.

He was a man who was excellent at everything. He could fix or build anything and was very good with his hands. His hands were never idle. He was a very talented, hard working, problem solving man. If any of his family or friends had a problem to fix, they would call Bud for help. He loved fishing and camping, especially at their camper at Warroad City Campground at Lake Of The Woods. In his younger years, Bud enjoyed duck hunting and deer hunting. He was a member of the Eagle’s Club since 1946.

Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Ruby of Thief River Falls, MN; two sisters, Lillie Olson of Newfolden, MN and Nadine Hunziker of Chicago, IL; six sisters-in-law, Vi Moen, Angie Swenson, Jules Fermenich, Jerry Johnson, Mary Johnson and Vi Inman; three brothers-in-law, Loren Swenson, Vernon Johnson and Lyle Johnson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth Moen; four sisters, Ella Reid, Edith Johanneck, Helen Sorenson, and Clarice Palmer; and several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

[Interred Folden Cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky