Thomas “Tommy” Moller

June 27, 1927-July 5, 2018

Thomas “Tommy” Moll-

er, 91, of Rugby ND

passed away on Thursday,

July 5, 2018 at the Even-

tide Heartland Care in De-

vils Lake, ND. Tommy

loved life and was very

devoted to the Lord, and

he left a lasting impres-

sion on anyone he met

due to his unwavering

sense of humor and car-

ing, generous manner.

Tommy was born on

June 27, 1927 in York, ND

to John and Victoria A.

(Redshaw) Moller. He at-

tended School in York,

graduating in 1945 from

York High School. He was

inducted into the United

States Army Air Force

and served in Eschborn,

Germany as an Air Traffic

Controller with the Occu-

pation Forces. Upon his

honorable discharge re-

turning home, Tommy at-

tended North Dakota

School of Science.

After graduation, he re-

turned to York to help his

father in the York

Blacksmith Shop.

He was united in mar-

riage to his dear love

Gwendolyn A. Chilson on

July 9, 1950 at the Knox

Lutheran Church, and to-

gether they had three chil-

dren. 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 met-

iculous 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 pro-

jects. 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 grandchil-

dren 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 Com-

merce 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, Tom-

my moved into the Haa-

land 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) Dar-

ling 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-Grandchildren: Eli-

ana, Alexandria, and

Ruby Darling; Finn

Leedahl; Capri Crane; Em-

mett 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 Sa-

turday, July 14th, at St.

Paul’s Lutheran Church in

Rugby, ND. Visitation is

from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on

Friday at the Anderson

Funeral Home in Rugby

and will continue on Sa-

turday for one hour prior

to the services at the

church. Burial will take

place at Persilla Watts

Cemetery, Rugby. Pastor

Joshua Reimche will be

the officiate.

Military Honors accord

ed by the Clarence Larson

American Legion Post

#23 Honor and Color

Guard, Rugby, North

Dakota and the North

Dakota Military Funeral

Honors Detail.

Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry: