Tom Moran, 85, of Cedar Rapids, died Sunday, Aug.
19, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids. Visitation will be
held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home with a Scripture service at 4:30 p.m. Friends may also visit at the church an hour before the funeral Mass. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Cascade, Iowa.
Tom was born April 29, 1933, in Cascade, Iowa, the first born son of Eldred Moran and Margaret Knepper Moran.
He is survived by his brother, Terry and wife, Joyce, of Cedar Rapids. Also surviving are his two nephews, Mark Moran and wife, Jamie, and their children, Tyler and Kate; Paul Moran and wife, Dana; his two nieces, Marla Nilson and husband, Rodney, and their children, Davis and Olivia; and Tina Hall and husband, Maurice, and their daughter, Jada. Other survivors include his sister's partner, Monica Hingston; his sister-in-law, Charlene Flaherty; and his former sister-in-law, Bonnie Schmitt and husband, Dan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Peggy, in 2011; and his brother, Ken, in 2016.
Tom graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1951 and entered Loras College that fall. He joined the Dominican Brothers in 1953 and returned to Loras in 1955 and graduated in 1956. (The junior senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy, was the commencement speaker.)
In 1956, he began teaching high school English in Lansing, Iowa. He received his M.A. degree from Colorado State College in 1959 and began teaching at Harrison Elementary in Cedar Rapids that fall. In 1961, Tom began a six-year assignment as principal at the new Madison Elementary School. Subsequently, he served as principal at Johnson, Hayes, Monroe, Kenwood and Grant Wood schools. From 1987 until his retirement in 1993, he was an administrator in the elementary education office at the Educational Services Center.
In his retirement, Tom served as a volunteer on the Foster Care Review board. Before and after his retirement, he served in the men's choir at St. Matthew and the Resurrection Funeral Choir. He also served on the St. Matthew Parish Council and took the Eucharist to the homebound.
Tom had a deep interest in genealogy. He restored his grandfather's citizenship papers and produced a 30-page notebook on the Morans. He enjoyed his four trips to Central Europe and two trips to Ireland (in part to track the Morans), two trips to Australia to visit his sister, Peggy, and multiple winter trips with friends to Scottsdale.
Tom was an avid photographer in his travels. He also photographed 25 of the Knepper family annual picnics and produced a photographic CD to share with his numerous relatives. Coincidentally, Tom died on the day of this year's picnic.
Tom enjoyed playing cards. Before his retirement, Friday evening card games with four friends were almost a weekly event. His Scottsdale trips with friends were also filled with card playing. Tom felt very blessed by being a member of the family and by the many friends with whom he traveled, played cards and shared countless meals.
He was very grateful for the wonderful care given to him at Meth-Wick and also for the services of Hospice of Mercy and the many years of care provided by Dr. Mark Goedken.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew Catholic Church, the Meth-Wick Community (both in Cedar Rapids) or a charity of one's choice.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.