George Frederick Moon II, age 70, of Ames passed away May 10, 2018 from esophageal cancer at Israel Family Hospice House. A gathering of friends and family will be from 5-7 on Monday, May 14th at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave., Ames, Iowa. A celebration of George's life will be held on Tuesday, May 15th at 1 pm at Bethesda Lutheran Church with visitation one hour prior to services.
George was born to Ellen and George Moon on December 7, 1947 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He grew up in Newton and graduated in 1966. George attended Marshalltown Community College, Northwest Missouri State and Iowa State University. George enjoyed watching college basketball and attending grandchildrens' basketball, baseball and tennis activities. He also liked to entertain people with many stories.
George began working at Hy-Vee in Newton as soon as he was old enough. He later made a career with Hy-Vee starting at the Ames store in 1973. He considered Hy-Vee a second home, and many co-workers and customers his extended family. He was with the company over 50 years at the time of his retirement in February, 2017. Customers were willing to wait in line longer just to get a chance to catch up with George. He would proudly tell them about his family and catch up on the lives of his customers' families. He was the helpful smile in every aisle.
George is survived by his wife Faye and children Collin (Erin) of Polk City, Karen and Rachel of West Palm Beach; his grandchildren Evan, Ethan and Easton Moon and Kaelie Spallholtz; his parents Ellen and George Moon of Newton, and his sister Melody (Dave) Bonenberger of Bloomington, Minnesota. George was preceded in death by his grandparents.
George is also survived by his furry family Annie and Dr. Tom and extended furry family, Lily, Teddy, Rocky and Spike. He was preceded in death by his beloved cat Cleo who lived with him longer than his own children, and Mr. Furley.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to V Foundation for Cancer Research/Victory Over Cancer, jimmyv.org. Online condolences may be directed to www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com.
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I grew up two doors down from "Georgie". The house in between, built by my dad, belonged to my grandmother, then later, to George's grandmother. My brother Roger and I have many happy memories of playing outdoors with George and all the kids on Walnut Drive and nearby streets. When George was very young, he would come knock on our door and say "come pay wid me". Also, I have fond memories of his parents. One day, I went over to their house and Mr. Moon said his wife was in the hospital for awhile because Georgie had a new sister named Melody. After we were teens, I didn't see George for about 52 years. A couple years ago, I stayed in Ames while my daughter had radiation treatments and happened to go into HyVee for a few things. The friendly guy checking out was talking about having grown up in Newton. Shortly, we realized that we knew each other as kids. The other customers in line seemed to be as tickled as we were. So I went back one more time to chat awhile in the store's cafe. It was great to reminisce and also to exchange stories of the directions our own lives had taken. Apparently, he was very content and happy. My sympathies go out to his entire family.
I knew George from Hyvee West in West ames George had a nice smile as a greeter at the store from missy Wierson
Very sorry to hear about your son and Melody's brother. Thinking you all at this rough time. Melody was a super friend through high school and hope to see her at a reunion some day.
Stopping in the morning at the west HyVee on my way to work hasn't been such a routine as it was when George was working. He always started my day right. I was shocked today when I stopped in the store and saw his memorial. My condolences to his family. I always enjoyed speaking with George in the mornings God Bless.
Our deepest sympathies go to George's family. During our 10 years in Ames, we shopped often at the west Ames Hy-Vee and it was always a priority to visit with George in his check-out line. We loved his sense of humor and we especially enjoyed hearing about his family. He was always upbeat, warm and welcoming. He was a gift to all who knew him. --William and Valerie Terando
I was one of hundreds if not thousands whose lives were brightened by George at the West Ames HyVee. Cheerful and cheering, he created a real community among all those of us who had the good fortune to pass through his checkout line. It was a true ministry of kindness and humanity--I hope it brought him a measure of the joy he brought to so many others, Jane Acker
George was a tremendous person who cared deeply about his fellow human beings. Our family was enriched to have known him for many years. He always asked about and remembered members of our family when we would see him. We are very sorry for your loss. May God give you peace as you mourn his loss and may your memories become treasures as time goes by. He was loved by many. Jeanette La Grange and Darren La Grange
Erik Tosten George was the best. In high school, your family was truly a second home for me. The door was always open, literally, no one ever knocked. It was always a 24/7 stop for OJ and chocolate chip cookies and George who never slept was there to tell stories. Just walk through the kitchen and head to the garage and George was there. He could talk for hours about bikes, music, the hot nuts, the pig palace, our band, and the house of the rising sun. He was always there to remind me that even if high school sucked sometimes you can be happy if you put your mind to it. I have nothing but fondness and love for the Moon's and Geroge was a big part of that.
I am George's friend from the West Hy-Vee, Mr. Near. For some years I tried for George's check out counter when I shopped there. We always had a visit. How he was missed when he retired. I am glad that some months ago George and I saw each other again outside of the oncology department, and I met Faye. Our prayers go out to her and their family in this time. May our loving Lord be comfort for them/ Bob Farr
George was truly one of a kind. He was the best ambassador that West Ames Hy-vee could possibly have had. He was just as friendly when he was off work as he was when you went through his line. So you knew that he genuinely considered his customers to be his friends. His line was my line from the time he changed from dairy manager to checkout. I'm sorry that he didn't have a long retirement to enjoy with his family whom he cherished so much. I think his customers felt like they knew his family, too.
He always ask about my kids. When he found out in 2004 my son was Children Miracle Networks Miracle child from Iowa! Nick had a photo shoot with one of the executives from Hy Vee! He Loved that story. From that moment he would ask me how my son was doing every time i seen him. He never forgot a face! Ann Bassett
I want to share a precious memory please. When you are a Mom of young children, a trip to the grocery store can be extremely taxing. But I remember being excited to see that George was at work and I would wait as long as it took to go through George’s line (even turning down offers to go to a shorter line) because he was such a joy. His smile and his kind words are unforgettable. My oldest child is 22 now and we live ten hours away from Ames now, but my memories of George’s positive attitude are as fresh in my mind as if it happens just last week! I am inspire to stay positive. God Bless You -Erin Stauffer
My family and I LOVED George!! We only knew him from West hyvee (as it looks like there are hundreds of customers that knew George this same way)! What an amazing, caring man! I remember I was a new mom and he offered every time I came in to store to do drive up for my groceries! I always told him I would save it for when I really needed it, and that day came a lot of times! George would check every time I was in there! I am so sad to see this tonight! God bless you George and all the lives you touched and may not have even known!
George was one of the first person my children and I met in Ames. We always had to go through his check out and loved his humor! He remembered our names and our stories and was one of the kindest and caring person we knew. George always asked what my kids were doing as they grew up. He was missed after his retirement and he will be missed by everyone who knew him.
George, you will be missed by your family and many in the Ames community!
George was an amazing man and I loved listening to his stories at the Lake. I count myself as very blessed to have known him and to have your entire family in my life and Aden’s. Prayers and love, Heather and Aden
So sad to hear of your loss. We knew George as customers of the West Hy-Vee. I would make sure we were in his line, even if it meant a longer wait. My kids and grandkids always looked forward to seeing George too!
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