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Ralph Nicholas Moonin


November 23, 2017 | View PDF

Ralph Nicholas Moonin went to be with his Lord and Savior on Nov. 14, 2017, in Seward after a long battle with complications following a massive stroke.

Ralph Moonin was born in Port Graham, on Sept. 22, 1944, to Edna G. and Mickey D. Moonin. He grew up in Port Graham with his parents and two sisters, Martha Wallin and Lydia Robart. Ralph attended high school at Mt. Edgecumbe in Sitka followed by Haskell Vocational Indian Nations University in Kansas.

The call to serve his country was answered when Moonin joined the U.S. Navy and became a Seabee. He served four years in the Vietnam war. He was honorably discharged in August 1972.

He owned and operated his own commercial salmon seiner and drift boat for the Upper and Lower Cook Inlet. He was an excellent and great teacher on the boat. He made the "chore" of fishing and earning a livelihood fun!

Throughout the years he always kept his "love" and desire of flying very much a part of his daily life. His great love of airplanes and aviation was constant in his everyday conversations and looking toward the skies.

Mr. Moonin was preceded in death by his mother, Edna Malchoff Moonin Hanson and his father, Mickey Moonin; and his sisters, Martha Moonin Wallin and Lydia Moonin Robart.

He is survived by his brother, Jerry J. Hanson (Rochelle) of Sterling, Alaska, and his three daughters: Tianna Lee Moonin Fritz (Bryan) of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Dehlia Swenson Klawitter (Terry) and Darlene Swenson, all of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He is also survived by his two nephews, Roger Wallin Jr. and Floyd Robart, and his ex-wife, Joyce White.

Ralph Moonin has nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Although his grandchildren lived far away, they were a joy and delight to him. 

A Celebration of Life was held on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at noon at St. Herman's Orthodox Church in Port Graham, with Father James Gust officiating.

The imprint of the father remains forever on the life of the child.


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