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Ralph J. Moens, 89, of rural Atkinson, passed away on Monday, January 1st, 2018, at his home in Atkinson. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson, IL. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Atkinson American Legion. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 5, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson where the Rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Ralph Moens Memorial Fund, where it will be used towards FFA Scholarships in the future.


Ralph was born on February 26, 1928, the son of August and Clara (DePaepe) Moens, in Atkinson, IL. He attended and graduated Atkinson High School. Ralph proudly served our country during WWII in the United States Army. He later graduated from University of Illinois with his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Ralph married Mary Lou Causemaker on December 26, 1951, in Atkinson. Ralph was a grain and livestock producer, farming in rural Atkinson for many years. He was also the agricultural instructor and FFA advisor for the Atkinson High School, retiring in 1980. Ralph was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson, IL. He was also a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau, and part of the Henry County Fair Board, where he served as president, for many years. He was a longtime 4-H leader, and belonged to the Livestock Association. Ralph was an avid Illini Fan. His passion and love was farming.


Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mary Lou, his sons, Keith (Joyce) Moens, Arlington Heights, IL, and Ken (Deb) Moens, Evergreen, CO, and his daughter, Ann (William) VanLue, Ellisville, MO. Ralph is also survived by seven grandchildren, Emily (Nick) Cepicky, Alli VanLue, Olivia VanLue, Alec Moens, Amy Moens, Eric Moens, and Scott Moens, and one great-grandchild, Leo Cepicky. Ralphs siblings include his brother, Leonard (Mary Ann) Moens, Atkinson, IL, and his sisters, Arlene (Dave) Paquer, Kewanee, Darlene (Maurice) DeSutter, Woodhull, Carolyn Burke, Geneseo, Helen (Wilbur) Beuseling, Geneseo.


Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, August and Clara, brothers, Vernon and Rich Moens, sister, Rachel Mock, and by his grandson, Andrew VanLue.


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