Gerald Alfred Moggo
St. Johns, Michigan
Formerly of Bridgeport
Age 68, died, Monday, August 15, 2016 at his home in Harrison, MI. He was born to the late William and Myrtle (Ruffertshafer) Moggo on December 13, 1947, in Saginaw. Gerald served in the U.S. Marine Corps from July 28, 1966 to July 25, 1969 receiving commendations of Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, and Marksman Badge (Rifle). Gerald, a Teamster member, retired from Nash Finch. Gerald was a Tribal Elder of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and member of the Anishinabe Ogitchedaw Veterans and Warriors Society. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed his fishing trips to Canada and Alaska. He hunted throughout the states with his relatives and friends. Two of his favorite trips were a fishing trip to Glennallen, Alaska with his son-in-law Ryan Cummins and hunting buffalo in Arizona with his nephew Jeff Gould. He deeply loved his home state of Michigan with all its wonderful lakes, streams, and woodland. No one was more delighted than Jerry when his daughter Sarah went to work for the DNR in his beloved state. He tended his 40-acre hunting land in Clare much like a farmer tends his property. A farmer loves his livestock and takes good care of it, but knows it is for food. Jerry loved the wild game and enjoyed their presence on his property but knew there would come a season when he would hunt and that would be his family’s food. It was never a sport for him; it was a way of life. Gerald had an adventurous spirit and loved traveling. He especially enjoyed his trips to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji with his brother and traveling roommate Richard through the Saginaw Chippewa At-Large Program. In 1971, he married Trudy Elsie Hrinik and was baptized at Faith Lutheran Church of Bridgeport. He is survived by his wife along with his two daughters Angela (Matthew) Oonk of Ann Arbor and Sarah (Ryan) Cummins of Lansing; his four granddaughters Elsa and Josephine Oonk, and Evelyn and Abigail Cummins; his sisters Betty Gould, Rose Greenwald, Mary Ann Reis, and Jody Wojcik; his brother Richard Moggo; along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Fred and Lewis Moggo.
The funeral service will take place Monday, August 22, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Case Funeral Home, 5700 Dixie Highway in Bridgeport. Military interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery under the auspices of U.S. Marine Corp, Anishinabe Ogitchedaw Veterans and Warriors Society and V.F.W. Post 1859. Friends may visit with family at the funeral home from 1:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service. Memorial contributions may be directed to Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors, Eisenhower Center, 3200 E. Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 or Our Savior Lutheran School, 7910 E. St. Joe Hwy., Lansing, MI 48917. www.casefuneralhome.com