William Thomas Moller, 93, of Vero Beach, Florida and Evanston, Illinois, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2020 at the VNA Hospice House in Florida with his three sons close by. Even during his brief illness with pneumonia, Bill maintained his keen sense of humor and strong interest in investing and sports. He will be remembered as a true gentleman, a good friend, a kind neighbor, and a beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Bill was born May 7, 1927 in Evanston, Illinois to Ann Scollay and William Carl Moller. Bill’s YMCA “Franklin Club” was the source of life-long friendships and the Torch Basketball Championship in 1944. He enlisted in the Navy in April 1945, called to active duty at Great Lakes Naval base in August that year and discharged in September 1946. Bill attended Northwestern University where he played basketball and met his wife Anne Warren on a blind date. They were married on June 2, 1951 for 62 years until Anne’s death in 2013.
Bill was an avid golfer at Bent Pine Country Club in Florida, Sunset Ridge Country Club in Northbrook, Illinois and Minocqua Country Club in Wisconsin. Most of his career was spent trading in the soybean pit at the Chicago Board of Trade. Bill bred and raised thoroughbred horses on his farm in Kentucky and raced them at Arlington Park and other tracks throughout the mid-west. He served on the Board of the Gifford Youth Center in Florida and enjoyed writing and editing their newsletter. As an avid sports fan he particularly enjoyed Northwestern’s football team’s Gator Bowl victory in 2013, the basketball team’s participation in the NCAA tourney for the first time in 2017, and especially the Cubs capturing the World Series in 2016, something he waited many, many years for.
Bill is survived by three sons, Thomas (Jill) Moller of St. Louis, MO, James Moller of Wilsonville, OR and Jack (Susan) Moller of Glencoe, IL, 7 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gifford Youth Activities Center at 4875 43rd Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32967 or online atwww.gyac.net. An online guestbook may be signed at www.millenniumcremationservice.com.
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