SIKESTON - Ray Allen Moll, 84, died at 2:28 p.m. Jan. 31, 2006, at Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston.
Born March 3, 1921, in Sikeston, son of the late Raymond Moll and Myrtle Sheppard Moll, he had lived most of his life in Sikeston and worked for over 20 years at the Power Plant for the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities, serving later as maintenance supervisor until retirement in 1983. He was a chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy having served from 1939 to 1959. One of very few veterans to serve during World War II and the Korean War, he served on eight different ships and helped commission the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Forrestal CV-59 which he served aboard for two years. He completed his military career serving his last two years as an instructor in the Machinists Mates School at Great Lakes, Ill. A member and past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3174, he was a member of Fleet Reserve Branch 225 in Poplar Bluff, American Legion Henry Meldrum Post 114 and the Sikeston Elks 3319.
On Feb. 18, 1972, in Malden, he married Delores "Mickey" Mikulin Powell who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: two daughters and sons-in-law, Beth and Mike Marshall of Sikeston and Suzie and Claude Kurtz of St. Louis; one brother, Miller G. Moll of Sikeston; and four grandchildren, Austin Marshall and Spencer Kurtz of Oxford, Miss., Catherine Marshall of Columbia and Eric Kurtz of Chicago.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lavinia Gardener and Raynett Moll, his twin sister.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Friday until time of memorial services at 12:30 p.m. at Hunter Memorial First Presbyterian Church in Sikeston. The Rev. John Goodwin, pastor of the church, will officiate.
Inurnment with full military rites conducted by Missouri Military Honors Program will follow at 2 p.m. Friday at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3174.
Blanchard Funeral Home of Sikeston is in charge of arrangements.
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may be made to:
Missouri Delta Medical Center Foundation
1008 North Main
Sikeston, MO 63801
Missouri State Veterans Cemetery
17357 Stars and Stripes Way
Bloomfield, MO 63825