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Walter G. Moeller

10/21/2017


Walter G. Moeller, age 91, of Walton, NY and a long-time former resident of Lincoln Park, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the New Jersey Firemen’s Home in Boonton.

Walter was born in Paterson. During the Depression, his family moved to Queens Village, NY and later to Smithtown Branch, NY. When Walt’s father got a job with the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the family moved again. His father was working on the North Carolina Battleship and Walter got to be there for the ship’s christening. While there, Walter attended Brooklyn Tech. He later moved to Lincoln Park and lived with his grandmother while attending Bloomfield Tech until his sophomore year. He worked various jobs including at the fountain in the local drug store, on various farms including the Parson’s farm where one of his responsibilities was fixing the tractor, at Harmon’s Machine Corporation, and driving a truck with deliveries to New York City.

In 1945, Walter enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a soldier during World War II until the war ended in 1946. While in the Navy, he gained more mechanical knowledge which would prove to serve him well going forward in his life’s vocation. In thanks for his time in the Navy, Walter was the recipient of the Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, and American Theatre Medal.

After the war, Walt returned home to Lincoln Park and got a job as a truck driver with Halls Motor Freight in Paterson. He met Margaret Morgan at the roller skating rink one night and quickly fell in love. Believing that Margaret always deserved to be picked up in a clean car, while they were dating, he rented a garage next to the trucking company, to house that car so it wouldn’t get unnecessarily dirty sitting outside all day. Their mutual affection led to marriage on Saturday, November 6, 1948 at the Reformed Church in Ridgewood.

After the wedding, Walter initially took a job working for Margaret’s uncle delivering bricks, but his love of auto mechanics ultimately led him into that field of work. Walter owned a Texaco gas and repair business on Chapel Hill Road in Lincoln Park, then, in 1966, he built a state-of-the-art, five-service bay Shell gas and service center at 275 Comly Road in Lincoln Park. Walt placed a high value on customer service. Consequently, if an employee failed to clean a customer’s windshield or ask them if they’d like their oil checked, they would find themselves seeking employment elsewhere. As part of his business, he also operated a busy tow truck fleet. On one particular call, Walt went to do the tow himself. Not knowing that it was Walt, the customer said, “Just tell Walt I’ll pay him when I see him” to which Walt replied, “I’m Walt and you can pay me now.” In 1971, Walt shifted gears again. He leased the gas station to Shell Oil and began a new venture – a mobile service which he called “Walt’s Automotive Service.” In this business, his work was strictly restricted to the repair of commercial trucks and, instead of customers coming to him, he would go to where the customer was.

In the late 1960’s, Walt and Margaret purchased land and built a home in Trout Creek, NY. They enjoyed weekends upstate until moving there permanently in 1990 after Walt retired. Throughout their 47 years of marriage, Walt and Margaret enjoyed many good times together until her passing in 1995. They got to go to Hawaii once and, because of their love for country music, they loved trips to Branson, Missouri.

Throughout his entire life, Walt lived a life dedicated to the service of his family, friends, and neighbors. In addition to his voluntary service in the U.S. Navy, you could name almost any organization and Walt probably served in it, including many faithful years as a local member of the Lincoln Park American Legion Post 279, the Lincoln Park Lions Club, The Free and Accepted Masons, and The Shriners. When he was just 16 years old, Walt joined the Lincoln Park Fire Department Hose Company #1. For the next 50 years he responded to fire calls day and night in Lincoln Park and the surrounding area and, when he permanently moved to Trout Creek, NY, he promptly joined the local fire department there and served for another 25 years, as well as at the local Trout Creek Masonic Lodge and Lions Club. He even had his own antique American LaFrance fire truck.

Recently, Walt moved into the New Jersey Firemen’s home in Boonton. He enjoyed playing bingo, going to concerts and other musical programs, being outside on a beautiful day, and especially socializing with fellow-retired fire fighters from all over the state. As a tribute to his fellow residents Walt even took it upon himself to create a huge map of New Jersey on which he marked the name of every resident fire fighter by the town on the map where that fire fighter had served.

Walt was a beloved human being who loved gathering his whole family, including his grandchildren, at his home in New York State, or serving others through his community presence and involvement in so many philanthropic organizations. He had the honor of touching a lot of lives during the course of his 91 years on this earth. Walt knew so many people and, consequently, it seemed that, no matter where he went, he would often be overheard asking someone “Where are you from?” He will be dearly missed.

Walter was predeceased by his beloved wife Margaret Moeller (nee Morgan) in 1995. He is survived by his daughter Carol Ann Anderson of Lincoln Park; two sons: Daniel W. Moeller and wife Barbara and Donald K. Moeller and wife Maria, both of Lincoln Park; five grandchildren: Kristie and husband Rob, Courtney and husband Adam, Danielle and husband Dave, Alysia, and Donald; five great-grandchildren: Emily, Timmy, Logan, Callie, and Chase; his longtime companion Eleanor Misner of Walton, NY; his two sisters: Doris and Edna Mae; and Lois Moeller. He was predeceased by his sister Kathy Moeller.

Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, October 27, 2017 at the funeral home, followed by interment at Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Walter’s name are asked to consider the New Jersey Firemen’s Home, 565 Lathrop Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005. 

Guest Book

10/23/2017

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

Marna & Bill Kiick

10/24/2017

On behalf of the Trout Creek Fire Company, we would all like the family to know we are very sorry for your loss. Walt was a good fireman and will be missed by all of us. Chris Kinney Chief Trout Creek Fire

Chris Kinney

10/25/2017

One heck of a great man. He,Dan Barclay, Rollins Bogardus, the three amigos. Glad that he lived a long life after all his hard work.

Carl Wenske/ Lincoln Center Liquors 1964/1987

10/25/2017

Sorry for your loss.

Peggy Hines

10/26/2017

Walt rescued my teenage brothers and I in the middle of the night in a freezing Nov. in 1966. Our farm truck was mired in mud at a horse farm in Parsippany and his heated tow truck was pure Nirvana! Sincere condolences to Walt's family and friends. His good deeds will always be remembered with fondness. Frank Cierech

Frank Cierech


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