September 20, 2017

Francis N. "Frank" Moran

Died July 4, 2017

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Frank Neville Moran, 94, died of heart failure July 4, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Saginaw.

His two wives predeceased him: first wife Mary Anne Dodge Moran in 2007, and second wife Margaret “Midge” Moran in 1990.

“My dad was a perfectionist and he taught me to be responsible and organized,” said son John Moran. “He loved watching me play pee wee and high school football, and later we would watch University of Michigan football together.”

Commented younger son Mark Dodge Moran, “My dad enjoyed sharing his love of the outdoors and Lake Huron life with me. We spent many happy fall weekends in the field stalking grouse and woodcock with our dogs Blackie and Happy.”

Mr. Moran was born Feb. 3, 1923, in Detroit, the only child of the late Francis Croul Moran and Valena Neville Moran. Sometimes known as “Francois” at Detroit University School, where he played baseball, football and tennis and was senior class vice president, he graduated in 1940. He attended the University of Chicago before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps and serving in Guam during World War II.

His two grandchildren, Christine Moran Hill and Kevin Francis Moran, are proud of their grandfather’s service to his country. “I am glad to have known a World War II hero,” Christine Hill said.

His grandkids loved living close to him during Point Lookout summers. Said Kevin Moran, “Few kids get to have a relationship with a grandparent as my sister and I did. Being right next door, he was always there to help and a pleasure to visit with.”

Mr. Moran joined his father’s company, FC Moran and Son, a heating and air-conditioning firm, in 1947 and retired in 1986.

He lived much of his adult life in Grosse Pointe and at Point Lookout near Au Gres, where he resided after he retired. Until 2005, every winter would find Mr. Moran on the west coast of Florida, always driving his spotless Cadillac to and fro as the snow started to fly.

In addition to sons John of Point Lookout and Mark (Kate) of Point Lookout and Abaco, the Bahamas, Mr. Moran had two grandchildren, Christine Moran Hill (Bradley) of Brighton and Kevin Francis Moran of South Lyon; great-grandchild, Jack Francis Moran Hill; and several cousins who remained in touch with him throughout his life. He was close to second wife Midge’s family as well: John and Lynn Wilson and Bob and Sue (Wilson) Jansen and their offspring.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Moran enjoyed deer, duck and grouse hunting at his Northeastern Michigan deer cabin, and fishing and smelt dipping on Lake Huron and Tawas Lake. First cocker spaniel Blackie and then Labrador retriever Happy always accompanied him.

At Point Lookout, he tended a huge vegetable garden and was proudest of his tomatoes, which he parceled out to willing visitors. He also loved to eat and cook, the latter never more so than when he used the bounty of Michigan’s fresh produce.

Interment will be Saturday, July 15, at 11 a.m. at the Sims-Whitney Cemetery, Au Gres. In case of rain, a service will be held at Buresh Funeral Home, 101 E. Michigan Ave., Au Gres. Afterwards, there will be a luncheon at Mr. Moran’s beloved Point Lookout home, 683 Crescent Drive, Au Gres, 48703.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Mary’s of Saginaw, 800 S. Washington Ave., Saginaw, MI 48601, 989-907-8000 or www.stmarysofmichigan.org/donate/st-marys. Or to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 333 N. Summit St., P.O. Box 10086, Toledo, OH 43699, 877-329-9500 or heartlandhospicefund.org. Online condolences may be offered at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.

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