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Thomas Moller


Thomas “Tommy” Moller, 91, of Rugby ND passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Eventide Heartland Care in Devils Lake, ND. Tommy loved life and was very devoted to the Lord, and he left a lasting impression on anyone he met due to his unwavering sense of humor and caring, generous manner. 


Tommy was born on June 27, 1927 in York, ND to John and Victoria A. (Redshaw) Moller.  He attended School in York, graduating in 1945 from York High School.  He then joined the United States Air Force and served in Eschborn, Germany as an Air Traffic Controller with the Occupation Forces.  Upon returning home, Tommy attended North Dakota School of Science.   After graduation, he returned to York to help his father in the York Blacksmith Shop. 

He was united in marriage to his dear loveGwendolyn A. Chilson on July 9, 1950 at the Knox Lutheran Church, and together they had three children.  In 1953 Tommy and Gwen purchased the York Blacksmith Shop from his father.  They moved to a new building along Old Highway 2 in 1965.  Tommy was a meticulous blacksmith who took great pride in serving his customers in any way he could.  He loved his shop and would proudly show his grandkids his many machines and projects.  He operated the business until 2002 before selling to his son Tom and Mamar Moller, and he continued to work at the shop for many years.  Tommy loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and his many friends.


Over the many years, Tommy was very active in the community by serving on the York City Council, York Lutheran Church and Leeds Lutheran Church boards.  He was a Sunday School Teacher and a Bible Study Leader.  He also served on the Benson county Draft Board and was a member of the York School and City Reunion Boards.   He was also a member of the Leeds Lions Club and served in many different positions. For many years, he volunteered at the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby, where he was always willing to help the staff and do whatever was needed to brighten a person's day.  For all his tireless volunteer efforts, Tommy was recognized by the Rugby Chamber of Commerce as Volunteer of the Month in 2014


Tommy and Gwen moved to Rugby in 1997 where they resided until Gwen’s death in May of 2013.  Shortly after, Tommy moved into the Haaland Estates in Rugby, ND and later made his home at the Eventide Heartland Care in Devils Lake, ND.


Tommy is survived by his 3 children:  Greg (Deb) Moller, Leeds, ND, Peggy Folkert of Kansas City, KS, and Tom (Mamar) Moller of Cavalier, ND.  6 Grandchildren: Nichole (Dana) McIntyre of Leeds, ND, Rebecca (Casey) Darling of Langford, SD; Skye (Lane) Leedahl of North Kingstown, RI, Amber Folkert of Kansas City, KS; Vanessa Johnson of Oceanside, CA, and Valerie Crane of Fargo, ND.   5 Great-Grand Children:  Eliana, Alexandria, and Ruby Darling; Finn Leedahl; Capri Crane; Emmett Johnson; and 2 more expected soon.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gwen; a brother, John Melvin and his parents.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 14th, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rugby, ND.   Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, July 13th, at Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby and for one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.  Burial will take place at Persilla Watts Cemetery, Rugby.
Military Honors accorded by, the Clarence Larson American Legion Post #23 Honor and Color Guary, Rugby, North Dakota and the North Dakota Military Funeral Honors Detail

Posted Condolences:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!  Tom will surely be missed by all who knew him as he spread joy, smiles and hugs!!
Dave & Jeannie Schneibel

My thoughts are with all of you today. I wish I could be there. He was one of a kind!
June Kraft

Greg, Peggy, and Tom, 

Please accept my deepest condolences! Also, I apologize that I am so late but I just received my copy of the Benson County Farmers Press yesterday.  

My memories of coming to the shop as a boy are many.  It was so different than anywhere else.  I can remember your first shop that was just down the street from your home. I also remember your grandfather. 

Many blessings to your entire family. Your father had a life well-lived.

Tim Whalen


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