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Kenneth E. Moats

August 01, 2009

FEB. 17, 1936-JULY 23, 2009

FORT ASHBY, W.Va. - Ken "Pop" "Pappy" was born in Middletown, Md., and passed at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.

He had suffered a fall with head injuries, which eventually took his life.

His parents were the late John Frisby and Eva Palmer Moats.

He was a 1954 graduate of Middletown (Md.) High School. He participated in numerous clubs during his school years. He was most active with Future Farmers of America and 4-H.

He proudly served with the Army National Guard.

He was a life member of the National Rifle Association. He competed in pistol matches and made it to nationals several years.


Early in his career, he worked with the National Institutes of Health. He was publicly credited for discovering the Moatsii microorganism.

He also was an avid leather craftsman. He participated in many craft shows in the Tri-State area and was owner of Ken's Den in Harpers Ferry.

Later in life, he delivered pizzas for Domino's and Fox's Pizza in the Cumberland area. His last job before retirement was a test car driver for Hi Q in Fort Ashby.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Laura Fast-Moats; two sons, David Moats of Falling Waters, W.Va., and John Moats of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren, Amanda Moats, Valerie Moats, Kenneth Moats III, Cassandra Moats and Jonathan Moats; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He will be greatly missed by his close friend, Alan Slifer of Virginia Beach, Va.; and Pop's companion dog, Brutus.

He was preceded in death earlier this year by his son, Kenneth Moats, Jr.

There will be no viewing or services in honor of the decedent's request.

Memorial donations may be made to Terry Moats, P.O. Box 308, Falling Waters, WV 25419 to help defray medical expenses or to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by Hastings Funeral Home, Morgantown, W.Va., and Ricketts Funeral Home, Myersville, Md.

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