Henry "Hank" Mooi, 90, Rochester, formerly of Winamac, passed away at 8:08 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
He was born March 2, 1927, in Mount Greenwood, Illinois, to the late Henry and Annie Mollema Mooi. On Oct. 19, 1957, Henry married Alice M. Asmus in LaPorte. Alice survives.
Henry was a graduate of Tilden Tech High School in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Henry served on three aircraft carriers in the Pacific Theater and on one sea plane tender in the Atlantic theater. He was aboard the USS Cabot providing air cover during the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri. Henry was honored to meet and visit with Ernie Pyle shortly before Ernie's death. Henry was proud to travel to Washington, D.C., on a Northeast Indiana Honor Flight in 2015. In 2016, Henry was honored with a Quilt of Valor for military service.
Henry was a retired farmer who specialized in raising gladiolas. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Winamac and was a Life Member of VFW Post 1728 in Winamac. Henry enjoyed woodworking, traveling and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Annie Mollema Mooi; stepmother, Elizabeth Kelderhouse Mooi; and siblings, John Mooi, Herman Mooi, Jena Jongsma and Janette Regnerus.
Funeral Services will be at 11:30 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac with Pastor Dave Marty officiating. Burial will take place at McKinley Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Winamac. The VFW and American Legion will conduct military graveside services.
Visitation will be 9:30-11:30 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions made be given to the First United Methodist Church of Winamac.
Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.
Published on September 11, 2017