Ralph J. Moens, 89, of rural Atkinson, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at his home in Atkinson. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Atkinson. The Rev. S. Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery where military honors will be accorded. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson, where a rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Ralph Moens Memorial Fund, where it will be used toward FFA scholarships in the future.

Ralph J. Moens, 89, of rural Atkinson, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, at his home in Atkinson. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Atkinson. The Rev. S. Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery where military honors will be accorded. A visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson, where a rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Ralph Moens Memorial Fund, where it will be used toward FFA scholarships in the future.

Ralph was born Feb. 26, 1928, in Atkinson, the son of August and Clara (DePaepe) Moens. He attended and graduated from Atkinson High School. Ralph proudly served our country during World War II in the United States Army. He later graduated from the University of Illinois with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Ralph married Mary Lou Causemaker on Dec. 26, 1951, in Atkinson. Ralph was a grain and livestock producer, farming in rural Atkinson for many years. He also was the agricultural instructor and FFA adviser for Atkinson High School, retiring in 1980. Ralph was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Atkinson. He also was a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau and part of the Henry County Fair Board, where he served as president, for many years. He was a longtime 4-H leader and belonged to the Livestock Association. Ralph was an avid Illini fan. His passion and love was farming.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mary Lou; sons, Keith (Joyce) Moens, of Arlington Heights; and Ken (Deb) Moens, of Evergreen, Colo.; and his daughter, Ann (William) VanLue, of Ellisville, Mo. Ralph also is survived by seven grandchildren: Emily (Nick) Cepicky, Alli VanLue, Olivia VanLue, Alec Moens, Amy Moens, Eric Moens and Scott Moens; and one great-grandchild, Leo Cepicky. Ralph’s siblings include his brother, Leonard (Mary Ann) Moens, of Atkinson; and his sisters, Arlene (Dave) Paquer, of Kewanee; Darlene (Maurie) DeSutter, of Woodhull; Carolyn Burke, of Geneseo; and Helen (Wilbur) Beuseling, of Geneseo. He was preceded in death by his parents, August and Clara; brothers, Vernon and Rich Moens; sister, Rachel Mock; and by his grandson, Andrew VanLue.