World War II veteran Joseph Franklin Moulder, 91, Kempton, passed away at 9:52 a.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Tipton Hospital. He was born Aug. 30, 1922, to Ernest and Bonnie (LaGarde) Moulder in Prairie Township in Tipton County. He graduated from Prairie High School in 1940. He was a lifetime member of Liberty Baptist Church, where he was deeply involved.
Exactly one year after the Dec. 7, 1942 attack on Pearl Harbor, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Pacific theater. He held two rankings, FLC-MOMM2C, and was honorably discharged in May 1945. After returning from the Navy, he attended General Motor School in Detroit, went to work for Allison Transmission in Indianapolis. He went on to work for Haynes International for 15 years, then began working at Chrysler, where he retired in 1993, after 28 years. He married Frances Gallien on Dec. 11, 1962.
Joe spent many years of his life farming, which has been continued by his family. He enjoyed dancing so much so that he was a ballroom dance instructor. He loved his church and being involved with the community. He also enjoyed being outdoors, watching and feeding birds, swimming in his pool, riding his golf cart, and playing with his dog and grandchildren. He was the president of Liberty Baptist Church Corp., a member the Speedway Moose, Kokomo Eagles and Chapter 28 DAV.
Joe is survived by his wife, Fran; three children: daughter, Rene’ (Adam) DeAngelis; sons, Tom (Jamie) Moulder and Tim (Angie) Moulder; nine grandchildren, Adam (Ashley) Jackson, Elyn (Ryan) Winkles, Courtney (Josh) Miles, Colton (Kara) Moulder, Corbin Moulder, Logan Moulder, Cowen Moulder, Lucas Moulder and Payton Moulder; two great-grandchildren, Adison Jackson and Parker Winkles; sister, Betty Jenkins, Florida; and his best friend, (Pomeranian) Asha.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Garnett Moulder. Joe was especially proud to see a book about his mother published on Mothers Day 2014.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at Liberty Baptist Church 3530 N. 1000 West, Tipton County, with the Rev. Ruth and Bob Lawson officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery with full military rites. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm today at the church.
Memorial contributions may be to Liberty Baptist Church. Online condolences may be left at www.stoutandson.com. Stouat & Son Funeral Home is assisting the family.