Nickerson Funeral Home

77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA


William Russell Moehlich

September 17, 1939November 21, 2019

Russell Moehlich died peacefully on November 21, 2019 with his family at his side.

Russ was a man of integrity and commitment. He saw the best in every situation and his wit and optimistic personality turned acquaintances into friends with ease. He could make order out of confusion and leave everyone involved feeling good. He loved life and living on Cape Cod and he was always looking forward to his next challenge. He prided himself on balancing all his accounts, both personal and for his volunteer organizations, to the penny-always.

Russ attended Tuft’s University where he was a proud member of Phi Sigma Kappa. After graduation in 1961 with a degree in chemistry, he joined the U.S. Navy and spent the next two years on the USS Cambria. He remained in the Navy Reserve for the next eight years and attained the rank of Lt. Commander.

In 1963 he married Betsey Horton-his wife of 57 years. Family was always Russ’ first commitment. He was a kind, gentle, and an ever patient husband. He helped raise his two children through the challenges of childhood and the teen years and was always proud of them and their accomplishments. Russ’ second commitment was to his career, largely spent with Johnson & Johnson in their textile division, Chicopee Manufacturing. He began his work as a chemist and later became Plant Manager at several different locations.

Russ’ third commitment was to his community. Over the years he served as President of the Kiwanis Club as well as the Chamber of Commerce in Gainesville, Ga. In Macon, Ga. he coached Little League baseball and made sure that each child played in every game. After retirement to Cape Cod, Russ joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Nauset 11-6, and taught navigation and mentored new members. He loved his boat the Pleiades. Russ was also proud of his role as treasurer of the Eastham Library Building Fund and he especially enjoyed driving the veterans to the VA Hospital in Providence, RI. He felt he was “giving back” to the generation that served our country so faithfully.

Russ will be deeply missed by his wife, Betsey and his children Deborah and her husband Edward Fortaw as well as his son Gregory and his wife Kristin. “Papa” will also be dearly missed by Andrew and Whitney Moehlich, his adored grandchildren.

Interment will be at the National Cemetery at Bourne, MA at a later time.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Russ at his home on the 9th of December, 2019 from 2- 4 pm with prayers offered promptly at 2:15 pm.

For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.


9 December

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


William Russell Moehlich

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Chuck and Jean Limpert

November 27, 2019

Russ was a great friend and a good person. He was a good story teller and had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved to tell about all the interesting trips he took. One was especially interesting— the
trip he took to west coast via a train.
He will be missed by our family.

Scott Nickerson

November 27, 2019

I always enjoyed talking to Russ. His views were clear and well thought out.

Justine and RJ Fletcher

November 26, 2019

Betsy, Debbie and Greg - We were saddened to hear about Russ's passing. We always enjoyed seeing him when he visited at Greg and Kristen's home during the holidays.
He always had a positive word and obviously loved being with his family. His interest in those around him was apparent to everyone as he took the time to listen to stories and offer advice.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
RJ and Justine

Jerry/Donna Kidman

November 25, 2019

We have had Russ and you Betsey in our thoughts and prayers.
I have been thinking of our time as roommates and brothers, of course. Always a good guy and friend. We had some good lunches when he came up to Boston many years ago. I will miss him.

Debbie Simon

November 24, 2019

Debbie & family.
My deepest condolences to you and your family. I am so very sorry for your loss.
May God wrap his loving arms around you with all the beautiful memories of your sweet, loving Father.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.

Robert Hannon

November 23, 2019

Margie and I were devastated to hear of Russ' passing. Our deepest condolences to Betsay and the family. Russ will be sorely missed. All our love,Bob & Margie Hannon.