Ernest William "Ernie" Moon, 91, of Tolovana Park, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, in Seaside.

He was born Aug. 27, 1917, in Spokane, Wash., to Otto and Carrie (Olson) Moon. He attended school in Spokane.

He married Elaine Moon. She preceded him in death in 1993.

As a youth, Mr. Moon did logging and mining in Northern Idaho with his cousin and uncle. He was an automobile mechanic at Pantlies in downtown Portland in the late 1940s. He was a switchman on the Union Pacific Railroad between Portland and Spokane.

After World War II, he worked for Viewmaster for two years, then was an assembly line foreman with Frieghtliner Corporation and helped set up assembly lines in Chicago, Houston and Pomona, Calif., through the 1950s.

He taught welding at night school at Benson High School and Portland Community College. He was a welding supervisor at Hyster Corporation and instructor at Tongue Point Job Corps Center from 1966 to 1967. He was a welding and shop instructor at Warrenton High School from 1967 until retiring in 1979.

He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and Cannon Beach Presbyterian Church. He was a Tolovana Park Community Club member and past president. He was a member of the Cannon Beach Planning Commission, was on the public works board and was a 34-year member of Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue.

Family members said he enjoyed gardening, fishing and trains.

He is survived by two sons, Gary D. Moon of Cannon Beach and Robert E. Moon of Redmond; a daughter, Victoria L. Walker of Sisters; a significant other, Marette Isle of Tolovana Park; eight grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

A private family service will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cannon Beach Volunteer Fire and Rescue or the American Heart Association, in care of Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries, 220 N. Holladay Drive, Seaside, OR 97138.

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