After a long and courageous battle with COPD (and not from smoking he would tell everyone) and CVID, Douglas “Lynn” Moon, 79, of Indian Lake ended his earthly journey and was welcomed into eternal rest with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and those who have gone before him. (Absent from the body present with the Lord II Cor. 5:8)
Lynn was born in Defiance, OH, on April 9, 1943, to Norman L. & Marian (Shull) Moon who preceded him in death. Even though his family moved often, he was proud to claim Hicksville, OH, as his hometown. On May 29, 1988, he married Mary Louise Antram and she survives.
Other survivors include his children Brian (Zena) Moon, Traci (Jack) Cayton, April (Jason) Platfoot, Laura (J R) Biederman, Stephanie (Josh) Carter; 11 grandchildren Clint (Amber) Moon; Trent, Ian, Elena, Reed Platfoot; Aubrey (Brian Davis), Aiden, Addie “Addeline” Biederman; Steele, Isabelle, Grey “Grey Grey” Carter; 3 great-grandsons Clark and Max Moon; Louie Davis; sister-in-law Thelma Moon and many cousins, nieces, nephews as well as Mary’s 5 children and 8 grandchildren.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings Vickie Hunt and Jerry Moon; a grandson, Bryce Biederman; and his faithful companions, Greta and Tressie.
His fondest childhood memory was spending summers and holidays with his Grandma and Grandpa Moon on the family farm where he learned to work hard and to enjoy three home-cooked meals a day. He graduated from Shawnee High School in 1961 and attended The Ohio State University, Lima Branch. He later worked at Mohler’s Flowers in Lima where he started out as a delivery boy but was soon taught the art of floral design. In 1968 with $600 and help from the local bank and John & Gladys Phillips, he purchased Phillips Flowers in Wapakoneta. He later built the D L Moon Florist and Landscaping building at the corner of Water and Auglaize. He was proud to have been on the original planning committee for the Neil Armstrong welcome home festivities after the famous moon walk, and he was later honored to have ridden as a VIP in the 50th anniversary Neil Armstrong parade. Lynn was an avid sports fan who rooted for OSU football and basketball; Duke basketball; Cincinnati Bengals and Reds; and PGA golf. He especially admired Coach K. He was a fisherman and captain of the different boats and pontoons he owned throughout his lifetime. Among his greatest pleasures were fishing and boating on Lake Erie and Indian Lake and spending time on Florida beaches where breathing the salt air helped him feel better. Country, bluegrass and gospel music were his favorite genres. Those who would dare to engage in country music trivia were bound to lose. He would listen to an old country song and tell you who was singing, recite the lyrics and tell you the year it was released. If you knew Lynn, you would know his all-time favorite was the venerable George Jones, with the likes of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings close behind. He loved bluegrass music and attending bluegrass concerts and festivals. Rhonda Vincent and Dailey & Vincent were his favorites. His greatest joy was watching his grands’ sporting events at Jackson Center, Waynesfield, Indian Lake and Blissfield, MI. Lynn was a born-again Christian who generously donated to many causes including his floral and landscaping skills to Lewistown Trinity UMC where he was an active member. Above all Lynn was a “hard workin’ man” and could outwork just about anyone no matter what their age.
Funeral services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 16, 2022 at Schlosser Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Wapakoneta, with Pastors Jean Horn and Deb Ketcham officiating. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery, New Hampshire. Family and friends may visit from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Samaritan’s Purse/Donor Ministries P.O. Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607.
Special thanks to St. Rita’s Hospice; St. Rita’s Second Floor Outpatient Nursing Staff; the many health care professionals who provided excellent care and kept him alive; his many former employees and vendors; and all those who sent cards, encouraging words, thoughts and prayers on his behalf throughout his very long illness.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will award to me on the day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed of his appearing.” (II Timothy 4:7-8)