Thomas E. Moulton, 81, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at Brookview Manor in Brookings.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Bethel Baptist Church in Brookings. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings.
He was born on Dec. 10, 1931, at their farm home southeast of Aurora, the second child of Lester and Mary (Hinton) Moulton.
Tom attended Brookings County District No. 26, and Aurora schools. The family moved near Elkton in 1943 where he attended District No. 88 rural school and then graduated from Elkton High School in 1950. Following graduation he farmed with his father, Lester, and brother, Larry. After the death of his father, He farmed with his brother, his sons Steve and Peter and nephew Larry Jr.
He married Juanita Wagner on June 25, 1954, in Brookings. They farmed south of Brookings until moving into town in 1985. He worked for the Brookings Parks Department and the University Mall until he was hired by the Brookings school system in 1990 as custodian at Central School. He retired in 2001.
He received Christ as his savior at an early age and was baptized when he was 12. His church meant a lot to him and he was a faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church for 53 years. He served as deacon and was on other committees. He always stayed true to his convictions.
He liked to visit with people and could carry on a conversation with anyone he met. He loved family gatherings and enjoyed his children, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren’s visits.
He enjoyed watching NASCAR races, going to auctions, and writing stories and poems, especially of his younger years. He had a vivid memory of events and people who shared and shaped his life.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years; his four children, Pamela (Lyle) Reed, Steven (Marsha) Moulton, Peter (Cynthia) Moulton and Sandra (Robert) Weindel and Sandra (Robert) Weindel; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters Jacqueline (Harland) Haug and Delillah (Tommy) Reynolds. brothers-in-law Dale (Viola) Wagner and Paul Raymond Wagner; a sister-in-law, Anneta Wagner and many nieces and nephews and his church family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the charity of your choice, BATA or Bethel Baptist Church.
Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.