Henry “Hank” Mooi
Henry “Hank” Mooi, 90, of Rochester, formerly of Winamac, passed away at 8:08 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was born on March 2, 1927, in Mount Greenwood, Illinois, to the late Henry and Annie (Mollema) Mooi. On Oct. 19, 1957, Henry married Alice M. Asmus in LaPorte. Alice survives.
Henry was a graduate of Tilden Tech High School in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Henry served on three aircraft carriers in the Pacific theater and on one seaplane tender in the Atlantic theater. He was aboard the USS Cabot providing air cover during the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri. Henry was honored to meet and visit with Ernie Pyle shortly before Ernie’s death. Henry was proud to travel to Washington D.C., on a northeast Indiana honor flight in 2015. In 2016 Henry was honored with a Quilt of Valor for military service.
Henry was a retired farmer who specialized in raising gladiolas.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Winamac and was a Life Member of VFW Post 1728 in Winamac. Henry enjoyed woodworking, traveling and fishing.
He is survived by his wife Alice M. (Asmus) Mooi of Rochester; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Annie (Mollema) Mooi; stepmother Elizabeth (Kelderhouse) Mooi; brothers: John Mooi and Herman Mooi; and sisters: Tena Jongsma and Janette Regnerus.
Visitation will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, with Pastor Dave Marty officiating. Burial will take place at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac. The VFW and American Legion will conduct Military Graveside Services.
Memorial contributions may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Winamac. Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com.
(Pulaski County Journal — Sept. 13, 2017)