Edward J. Moyer
July 15, 1938-April 6, 2022
Edward J. Moyer, 83, of Hillsboro passed away April 6, 2022, at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville.
Born July 15, 1938, at home, in Ardmore, a small community just outside South Bend, Indiana, he was the youngest of three children of Joseph Harold and Velma Irene Mays Moyer, the others being: Loretta Ann and Jeannette Irene. Ed graduated from James Whitcomb Riley High School in 1956. Following graduation, Ed attended Indiana University-South Bend for one year.
In May 1957, Ed enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for four years, with assignments in Texas, Korea and Andrews AFB, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. Following his honorable discharge, he enrolled in IU Bloomington for another year, having also attended classes at the University of Maryland during his military career.
Ed met Barbara Felty on a blind date on New Year’s Eve, 1961. They married on Aug. 11, 1962, at Lydick United Brethren Church. To this marriage, two children were born: Edward Moyer Jr., b. July 17, 1963; and Margaret Irene Moyer, b. March 30, 1965.
Ed and his family came to Hillsboro with his promotion in 1979 to the local Wickes Lumber Yard manager. Upon its closing in 1984, Ed worked for several companies, including Furrow Bldg. Materials and the Videoland chain of stores in Lafayette, where he served on their corporate staff. He and Barb were avid vendors at flea markets throughout Indiana and Illinois. For decades during the summer months, they pursued their passion and made many friends, two of which endured over 40 years, notably Carol and Harvey Evans, from Merrillville, Indiana.
Ed Jr’s first marriage was to Kelly Connerton in 1993, resulting in two grandchildren added our family. Hannah Marie Moyer was born on July 9, 1998, and Benjamin Edward Moyer on April 2, 2001. They divorced in 2014.
His second marriage to Holly Haas in 2020 brought grandchildren Olivia, Jason and Ellyssa, plus great-grandchildren, Lewis and Vera.
Margaret’s (Meg’s) first marriage to Mitchell W. Beck added Mitchell W. Beck Jr. to our family. They divorced, and her second marriage was to Scott Alkire in 1996.
Mitchell ended up working in the oil industry in northern Louisiana, where he met and married Lacy Gerbine. To that union was born Wylie James Beck.
Ed was an avid fan of genealogy and computers, taking pride in helping others in both of these areas. Having worked with computers since the mid-1970s, his experience benefited many people over the years. He also enjoyed gardening and working around the house.
He was active in local politics, serving as the Democrat Precinct Committeeman of Cain Township for many years. After being appointed to serve out the term of a previous Hillsboro Town Council member, he was elected to two additional terms in his own right. His deteriorating health caused his resignation early into his second term; Ed Jr. was appointed to complete that term.
Ed was preceded in death by his wife Barbara in December 2020 and their daughter Meg in October 2001; by his parents and sisters, Loretta Ann (Ernest) Laureys of New Carlisle, Indiana, and Jeannette Irene Allen Nickerson of Phoenix, Arizona.
He is survived by his son, Ed Jr.; daughters-in-law, Holly and Kelly; grandchildren, Hannah, Benjamin, Mitchell Jr., Olivia, Jason, and Ellyssa; and great-grandchildren, Wylie, Lewis and Vera. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews, grandnieces and nephews, and great-grandnieces and nephews.
On July 30, 2022, both Ed and Barb will be laid to rest in the Kingsbury Cemetery in LaPorte County, Indiana. A celebration of life will be held for Ed the following day at the d’Alier Cultural Center in Veedersburg. Anyone wishing memorials may direct them to the family at P.O. Box 402, Hillsboro, IN 47949, to help offset final expenses.