Myron "Mike" Gayle Moen of New Richmond, Wis., was born in St. Paul, Minn., Dec. 16, 1931. From age 12, he lived in Hammond, Wis., with grandparents Rasmus and Jenny Moen. He attended Hammond High School where he was prom king and voted best personality in his class in 1949. Mike joined the United States Marine Corps in 1950 and was stationed in Guam. Later, he attended UWRF and majored in communications and journalism. He married Kathleen Peskar and they had a daughter, Barbara Ann, in 1959. Mike worked as a TV news director in Oregon in the 1960s. He worked for Century 21 as a Realtor in the early 1990s before he obtained his master's degree, becoming licensed as a clinical substance abuse counselor. Mike was recently a clinical supervisor in training at Kinnic Falls ADA Services in River Falls, where he was employed for 16 years.
Mike was preceded in death by parents, Myron Moen and Dolores (Schafer) Moen; uncle, Jupe Moen; niece Jenny Tossey; and grandson Brody Wittwer.
He is survived by sisters, Dorothy Ressigieu of Mill Valley, Calif., and Patti Doncits of Blaine, Minn.; daughter Barbara Ombui of Roseville, Minn.; grandsons Jason (Michelle) Wittwer, Jamie Wittwer, and Nick (Jessica) Shillingford; and great-grandchildren Hayden and Delanie.
Mike's family wishes to thank the staff at American Heritage Care Center in Hammond and Adoray Hospice as well as all the kind friends who were there for him.
A Celebration of Life for Mike will be from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson. Full military honors will be provided by the Hudson VFW and American Legion Posts at the conclusion of the gathering. Memorials preferred to the Kinnic Falls Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Center.