In the presence of his loving family, Eric Wilson Moen passed away Sunday, July 18, 2010, at his home in Bend, Oregon after a stoic and courageous battle with cancer. He was 60 years old.
Eric was born
February 7, 1950 in Bend, Oregon, to Emil and Beatrice Moen.
In 1969, after attending schools in Bend, he left to serve his country where he spent two years in the United States Marine Corp, stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. On May 27, 1970, he married his childhood sweetheart and best friend, Patricia Wolff, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Returning to Bend in 1972, he worked at Bend Iron Works for a short while where he began to develop his passion for metal working. ”Moe”, as he was called by friends and co-workers, worked at Larry's Sheet Metal Shop while attending Central Oregon Community College to complete the Oregon Sheet Metal Apprenticeship program. He worked for several years in the sheet metal trade and, as his friends can attest, that is where he sharpened his skills and artistry in metal working. He was employed at Mid Oregon Industries for 17 years, touching many of the businesses and community with the products he created from hand. He was last employed at Cascade Heating before starting his battle with cancer.
He had a passion for creating masterful things from metal.
Eric was an avid hunter and fisherman, an outdoorsman for all seasons.
He loved to spend his time fishing along the Deschutes and Rogue rivers for Salmon and Steelhead, always surrounded by his closest friends and family. He and friends would spend hours trying to catch that elusive ”big one”, sometimes succeeding and sometimes not, but the times were always good. Eric enjoyed his annual Elk camping trips with friends and family, once again trying to get the ”big one”. He found peace and strength while exploring the solitude and beauty of the desert with family and friends.
Eric is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children, Kristi and Blue Huber of Ft. Meade, Maryland and Erica and Jason Simonds of Seattle, Washington; his grandson, Willem Huber; mother, Beatrice Moen; brothers, Greg Moen, of Monrovia, California, and Conrad Moen of Bend. He was preceded in death by his father, Emil Moen.
He lived a good, full life and will be deeply missed by family and friends.
A private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family requests memorials be made to The American Cancer Society or Partners In Care Hospice Center, 2075 Wyatt Ct. Bend, OR 97701.
Niswonger-Reynolds Funeral Home is honored to serve the family. Please visit www.niswonger-reynolds.com to sign the online guestbook.
Eric W. Moen
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