Horace H. Moran

Horace H. Moran died Thursday, June 1, 2006, at age 96. He was the husband of the late Gladys (nee Kraus); beloved father of Pat (Judith), Michaelee (Ernest) Hopp and Tom (Iris); grandpa of Kelli and Kerri Moran, Michael (Kara), Patrick (Colleen), Jill (Dennis) Mullane, Andrew (Lisa), Sean (Kim) Hopp and Tamara (Ray) Washio; great-grandpa of Patrick John, Margaret, M. Luke, Nathan and Lauren Moran, Sophia and Isaac Hopp, Zoey Washio and Madeleine and Miles Moran; and brother of Walter (Eleanor).

Horace was born in Rio, Wis., attended grade school in Doylestown and graduated from Lodi High School in 1928. He married Gladys Kraus, whom he met at Lodi, where she was a teacher. His first full year of teaching was in Alma in 1934-35.

Coach Moran was a mathematics teacher and basketball and baseball coach at Alma, Cuba City, West Salem and Sussex Hamilton. He taught for 39 years, retiring from Sussex Hamilton after 12 years in 1974. He lived in Sussex from 1962 until 2003 when he and Gladys moved to Oak Hill Terrace in Waukesha. His basketball teams won more than 400 games, and he had many conference championships in most of the schools he coached at.

He was elected to the Wisconsin High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1983 and was honored as an outstanding teacher in the West Salem Hall of Fame in 2001. Coach Moran graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1933 where he majored in physical education and lettered in basketball. He refereed basketball games, umpired baseball games and officiated football games for years. He was an outstanding athlete as a young man.

All those who knew him recognized his love of kids and education. His passion, however, was basketball, baseball and coaching. His teams were always well prepared and competitive. He is remembered as a teacher that made math fun and relevant. He conducted his classes with discipline, fairness, patience and a sense of humor. He will be remembered not only as a teacher and coach, but as a true friend to all who knew him. He had an immense love for Gladys, his wife of 74-plus years, as well as his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Those who knew him were all the better for having him as part of their lives.

The Horace Moran Memorial Fund has been established at West Salem High School in West Salem. Horace would many times provide personal financial help to students whom he felt should have something that was an important part of their educational experience. This may have been buying a baseball glove, or a yearbook, or a letter sweater. This was done without other people’s knowledge. This fund is set up to provide this type of future support to West Salem High School students who may be unable to afford such things.

The Moran children, all graduates of West Salem High, are asking that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to help this fund get established. Contributions can be sent directly to the principal at West Salem High School, 405 E. Hamlin St., West Salem, WI, 54669 or to Pat Moran in Waukesha.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service Saturday, June 10, at Schmidt & Bartelt-A.A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral Home, W250-N6505 Highway 164, Sussex. Private burial will be held at Boscobel Cemetery in Boscobel.

Schmidt & Bartelt-A.A. Schmidt & Sons, 246-4774, is serving the family.