Ralph Eugene Moon

Ralph Eugene Moon of Cedarburg passed to eternal life on Friday, July 11, 2008, at the age of 79. A memorial service will be held for Ralph at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22, at Trinity Lutheran Church-Freistadt, 10729 W. Freistadt Road in Mequon (corner of Granville and Freistadt roads). Food and fellowship will follow the memorial service in the church’s Gathering Room, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ralph Moon was born to Ralph and Ursula Moon on Nov. 18, 1928 in Tracy, Minn. He was baptized on Nov. 25, 1928. On June 6, 1976 Ralph was confirmed into the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod at Christ Lutheran Church in Sheboygan. The last church Ralph attended was Trinity Lutheran Church - Freistadt in Mequon, where two of his grandchildren attended school and where he enjoyed many rewarding experiences.

On April 24, 1963, Ralph married Carol Rae Barkstrom. They were blessed with five children, Carla, Rob, Rodney, Carlene and Ryan.

Ralph attended school at Amiret and Tracy, Minn. He received a certificate of engineering through the electric power company. Starting at an early age, Ralph worked in power plants in both Marshall and Tofte, Minn. In 1966, he was hired by an REA United Power Association at Stanton, N.D., the largest lignite power plant in the world. He was promoted to superintendant of the plant after two years. As superintendant, he moved to the Marshfield City Power Plant and then on to the Sheboygan Power and Light Plant. He received an offer to manage the REA Power Plant in Kentucky and worked there for one year. Finally, he returned to Wisconsin where he was superintendant of the three major Wisconsin electric power plants in downtown Milwaukee, as well as the Port Washington plant where he eventually retired in 1994. Ralph then worked for the city of Cedarburg in a part time position until March.

Ralph is survived by his wife Carol Rae (Barkstrom); his five children, Carla Phillips of Saukville, Rob (Shelley) Moon of Phillips, Rodney (Judy) Moon of Clintonville, Carlene (Allen) Heckert of Cedarburg and Ryan Moon of Cedarburg; his 11 grandchildren, Eric and Justin Phillips, Eryn, Evan, Ethan, Emily and Elise Moon, Colin and Alicia Moon, CaRina and Aj Heckert; his five sisters, Louise (Jerry) Buchman of Plymouth, Minn., Lorraine Prybella of Sioux City, Iowa, Claire (Harold) Deem of Lake Kiowa, Texas, Marilyn (John) Fisher of Mesa, Ariz. and Kathy (Dennis) Lynch of Green Valley, Ariz. He is further survived by many other family and friends.

Ralph is preceded in death by his parents Ralph F. and Ursula Moon.

As his life unfolded into his golden years, Ralph’s heart went out to children. He gave the following words to his youngest daughter to be read at his funeral someday:

Some would gather money

Along the path of life;

Some would gather roses,

And rest from worldly strife.

But I would gather children

From among the thorns of sin;

I would seek a golden curl

And a freckled, toothless grin.

For money cannot enter

In that land of endless day,

And roses that are gathered

Soon will wilt along the way.

But oh, the laughing children,

As I cross the sunset sea,

And the gates swing wide to Heaven

I can take them in with me!

"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church are appreciated.