Roger A Moll

May 22, 1930March 25, 2019

Roger A. Moll (88) of Willard went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 25, 2019 at his home. His comfort in life and death is that he belonged to his faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. Roger was born May 22, 1930 in Celeryville to the late Nicholas and Jennie (Buurma) Moll. He was a graduate of Willard High School, class of 1948 and attended Calvin College, Grand Rapids, was a veteran of the US Army and retired from banking at Key Bank. Roger was a life member of the Willard Christian Reformed Church where he served as deacon. He was a member Willard Kiwanis Club since 1980, a charter member of the former Willard Jaycees and treasurer of the Willard United Fund since 1957. He loved sports and coached Little League for many years beginning in 1957, he organized and ran the Hoop Fest, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, for 20 years. Roger enjoyed the time he spent with the ROMEO’S at Uncle Dudley’s and enjoyed tennis, skiing, golfing, woodworking and spending time on his lawn, but his true passion was spending time with his children and grandchildren and watching their sporting events. Roger is survived by his wife: Arlene A. (VanZoest) Moll who he married October 17,1958. 2 daughters: Mary Ann (David) Kline and Martha (Michael) Zietse, both of Grand Rapids, MI, 4 Grandchildren: Kelly (Don) Buist, Kate Landheer, Kristi Zietse and Molly (Joe) Schierbeek, 6 Great Grandchildren: Alison, Jenna and Joshua Buist and Madison, Camden, and Ellery Landheer, 4 brothers: Herman Moll of Denver CO, David (Janice) Moll of Willard, Lynn (Gloria) Moll of Willard, Keith (Linda) Moll of Willard, Sister: Senetta Moll of Willard, Brother in Law: Rev. Sidney Cooper and sister in Laws: Phyllis Moll and Joyce Moll along with several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers: Franklin, Kenneth and Donald Moll and sisters: Janice Cooper and Lois Moll. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Willard Christian Reformed Church, 4180 St. Rt. 103 South, Willard with Pastors Bruce Vaandrager and Jonathan Elgersma officiating. Friends may call Friday March 29, 2019 from 4-8 PM and Saturday from 10-11 AM at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Willard Christian Reformed Church building fund, Celeryville Christian School or Kiwanis International through the Lindsey Kocher Funeral Service, 323 Myrtle Ave, Willard, 44890. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, March 30, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, March 30, 2019

Roger A Moll

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James DeJong

March 31, 2019

Roger was a fine friend with whom I always delighted visiting when he and Arlene attended Plymouth Heights CRC when they were in Grand Rapids visiting their daughters and their families.
Despite my attempts in recruiting them to move to G.R. and join Plymouth Heights to be closer to all his grandchildren, Roger always smiled and declined. His Willard roots and loyalties were too deep. But I was always happy to see him and catch up on Celeryville, girlhood home of my maternal grandmother. I will miss our visits.
My condolences go to Arlene, her daughters, their families, and all the Moll relatives.

Gene Gnidovec

March 29, 2019

I cannot remember a time when Roger and I were together that I didn't walk away thinking how lucky I was for having a friend like him. It didn't matter if we were discussing Kiwanis , sports, politics or one of the many hobbies we shared, the fact that we were able to share each others company what was important. Now, like so many opportunities, events,and close friends, I regret that we didn't share those times together more often. I will miss Roger as a friend and as a Kiwanian, but most of all I will miss him as a true gentleman and a man of God. Rest in peace my friend. You have earned your place in heaven.

Lisa Van Zoest

March 28, 2019

Uncle Roger is someone who always made me feel so welcome during the Van Zoest Thanksgiving gatherings that were hosted at his and Aunt Arlene’s home. I could always count on a good conversation with him; a kiss - usually on the lips; and he would always call me “sweetheart”. I remember how he made Rebekah and Will each a shelf for their rooms when they were little. It struck me how this man was a great uncle to our kids, but yet spent time making something special for them - something that a grandpa would do.

Days before Uncle Roger passed away, I called him from Nicaragua, Central America where our family lives and the internet was not working well that day. However, God facilitated a few moments of good connection and I heard him say, “Hi sweetheart.” And “I love you.” I will cherish that memory always. Uncle Roger knew what his only comfort in life and in death was- that he belonged body and soul, in life and in death to His faithful savior Jesus Christ. What a beautiful legacy.

Robert krawetzki

March 28, 2019

Roger was a personal friend and fellow Kiwanis member. We in Berlin Heights, always looked forward to our inter- club meetings with Roger. Roger's favorite meal was ham loaf and anytime he came, he always asked if we were having it. I hope he will always have his ham loaf in heaven. When we found out about his next adventure with the Lord, the topic went directly to his desire for his favorite meal. Our prayers are with his family in their time of grief. God bless Roger.

Randy Ebbers

March 28, 2019

Even though my family left Celeryville 50 years ago I cherish those days and consider that time my rock. I have many fond memories of Uncle Roger, a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and my faith knows he is with our Lord.

Walter Pierce

March 28, 2019

First, let me say thank you to uncle Roger for his example. I was blessed to know him. Uncle Roger was to be passing through Naples on his way to the Ft Lauderdale/Miami area for a national meeting with Kiwanis. He asked if we could play Golf on his way through. He was very competitive and we were very close through the first 9. Uncle Roger and the ranger were witnesses to my ONLY Hole in One ever. I still have the card somewhere with his signature on it. He was gracious in that loss by several strokes and never failed to mention it as we talked over the years. Thank you, Lord. Thank you for letting me get to know this Man of God. With a deep appreciation and fond memories. Walt Pierce/Leanne Moll Pierce.

Carl koebel

March 27, 2019

Roger was my number one Kiwanian and always will be. Loved his smile, his positive attitude, and his dedication. May he rest in eternal peace.

David Kelch

March 27, 2019

Roger and his beautiful wife were more like one than two. At Kiwanis conventions, so much fun. Always laughing and making others laugh,too. How we will miss him, but always living brightly in our memories. Dave and Kathy Kelch