Darrel L. Moon passed away November 2, 2017, at his home on Lincton Mountain surrounded by his loving family. The service will be Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. at First Christian Church in Milton-Freewater, Ore. Private inurnment will be at the Helix Cemetery.
Darrel was born in his grandparents’ home in Milton-Freewater on February 23, 1938. He went to Milton-Freewater schools, graduating from Mac-Hi in 1956 with his high school sweetheart. He married Dorothy M. Knopf on November 18, 1956. They were married for 50 years before her passing in 2007.
Darrel had many jobs in high school, Rambo Welding (age 15), working harvest, and running the movie theaters. He was an Eagle Scout. He served in the Army National Guard.
Darrel and Dorothy moved to Helix, Ore., to raise their family when he purchased Helix Welding & Machine Shop. In addition to owning and operating Helix Welding from 1962 to 2006, Darrel drove a school bus and worked at the flour mill in Helix.
He served on the Helix Park and Recreation Board, was a member of the chamber of commerce, a volunteer fireman, member of BPOE #288, and a member of Blue Mtn. Deutsche Tanzers German dance group. Along with his wife, he won a First Citizen Award in Helix.
Darrel is widely known for his metal fabrication, truck beds, and Helix community projects including the park bridge and rodeo bleachers. Although he was often found at work, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. In retirement, Darrel enjoyed caring for family members, spending time with classmates and watching old westerns.
Darrel was a hard worker his entire life, kind to everyone and never met a stranger. If he talked to someone long enough, they would always find someone in common.
He will be missed by two daughters, Melanie (Mike) Dabulskis and Melissa (Jon) Nitz; five grandchildren, Deidra, McKayla, Jeremy, Clarissa and Amber; a sister, Peggy (Ray) Bunch of Grass Valley, Calif.; two brothers, Ron (Pat) of Elko, Nev., and Tom (Eileen) of Pendleton, Ore.; his special friend and companion Bonnie Rencken of Milton-Freewater, Ore. (and her family); and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Ina Moon, his loving wife Dorothy and brother Keith (Pam).
Contributions can be made to Cason’s Place Grief Support for Children and Families, P.O. Box 1142, Pendleton, OR 97801.