Dwight Wayne Moats, 83, of Marcus, Iowa passed away following a brief illness on Thursday February 20, 2020 at the Heartland Care Center in Marcus. He was surrounded by his family and was taken home to be with his Lord and Savior for his final resting place. Funeral services will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 24, 2020 at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus. Rev. Travis Stevick will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow at Marcus Amherst Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the Earnest – Johnson Funeral Home in Marcus. A prayer service with sharing of memories will take place at 7:00 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral service on Monday.
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Dwight Wayne Moats was born August 26, 1936 in Spencer, Iowa, the son of Alva and Alma (Cushman) Moats. He attended school in Spencer, Primghar and Paullina and graduated from Paullina in 1954. He then started his college career at Iowa State University. He proudly served in the U.S. Army in 1956 for four years, where he specialized in motor pool management. He married Barbara Neir, December 22, 1962 at Grace United Methodist church in Marcus. They later moved to Marcus in 1969 where they made their home. After concluding a 20-year career in construction, Dwight became a self-employed Financial Advisor doing business as Creative Asset Consultants for the last 41 years in Cherokee, IA. During his career, he earned his Master of Business Administration from Ambrose University.
Dwight was a 50 year member of Grace United Methodist Church, Boy Scouts of America Mid-America Council, Hunter Education Instructor for 57 years for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, International Hunter Education Association member, Golden Eagle Member of the National Rifle Association, Member of National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors (NAIFA), member of Financial Planning Assoc. (FPA), Member of Chartered Life Underwriters Society, and Branch Manager of Core Cap Securities.
He had a passion for spending time with his family at the cabin at West Lake Okoboji. He loved boating, fishing, feeding/watching birds and wildlife, hunting, reading books and adding to his many collections; Star Wars being his most outstanding one. He spent many hours watching the sun set and sitting around the campfire at night. What Dwight appreciated most, was God’s richest blessings of his grandchildren; but don’t get us wrong – he loved catching fish too.
He was grateful to have shared his life with his wife of 57 years, Barb Moats, daughter Kim Moats of McCook Lake, SD, and special friend Chris Moore, and her children Tyler & Emily Phillips, son Mike Moats and his wife Yvonne of Marcus, IA, daughter Marissa Moats, brother Robert Moats of Estherville, IA, brother-in-law Ron Neir and his wife Jerene of Storm Lake, IA, and sister-in-law Sue Todd of Gilbert, AZ.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alva Moats and Alma Moats, mother and father-in-law Harley & Dorothy Neir, and brother-in-law John Todd.
Dwight will proudly remain a servant to the Lord in eternity, forever and ever. Amen.