Robert Eugene ‘Bob’ Moody was born September 11, 1926 in Mitchell, SD to his parents Harry & Vivian (Wilson). Much of his youth was spent on his grandparent’s farm in Mitchell, SD, then off to Omaha, NB, through Round Lake, MN and finally to River Falls, WI in September of 1940 when his father bought the Chevrolet garage. He graduated from River Falls High School class of ’44, then attended UW-Madison after serving in the United States Army ’45-46, after which he joined his father in the family business……In the 75 years since, Bob was very active in the automotive industry ~ sitting on & chairing numerous boards & committees ~ past president of Wisconsin Automobile & Truck Dealers Association, National Automobile Dealers Association as Wisconsin state director & TIME magazine Time Quality Dealer award recipient & General Motors dealer councils to name a few. He was also a volunteer of the River Falls Fire Department for 20 years, an active mason & St. Croix Valley Shriner, serving on the Zor Divan, a member of the River Falls American Legion Post 121, board member of the River Falls State Bank, long time member of Ezekiel Lutheran Church, a supporter of the River Falls library, the university and the baseball field & organization.
Using his keen sales skills, after a minor fender bender back in 1950, he sold Eunice Marie Gerberding on the idea of marriage & family. They were blessed with 4 children ~ 3 working by his side for the past 40+ years, one following in her mother’s footsteps, becoming a nurse.
When not ‘at the office’, Bob could be found flying his bonanza, hunting pheasants with his golden retriever or elk with his sons out in MT, wintering with Eunice & the dogs in Scottsdale or happily sitting on his deck along the banks of the Kinni.
Bob is survived by wife Eunice of 65 years, sons Robert H (Kathleen), Michael (Debbie), daughters Patricia (Gary) & Elizabeth, 5 grandchildren ~ Robert D Moody, Andrew Moody, Holly (Ryan) Anez, Adam (Kendra) and Emily Stuessel, great-grandson Caleb Anez, nieces Joan Gerberding Weimer & Gwen Gerberding Brookins & their families & his rescue golden retriever & constant companion Katie. He was preceded in death by his parents Harry & Vivian, step-mother Marion, aunts Doris Blinkiron, Gladys Rundell & Villa Traynor.
Memorial services for Robert will be 11:00 AM Friday, October 16th at Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls, WI. Visitation will be 4:00-8:00pm Thursday at Ezekiel Lutheran Church with an 8:00pm Masonic visitation. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Cashman-Hill Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family.