In memory of

Gordon Mooney

April 11, 1955 - December 31, 2023
From: Sac City, IA
Gordon Mooney

Gordon Mooney

Born: April 11, 1955
Died: December 31, 2023
Age: 68
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   Mass of Christian Burial for Gordon Mooney, age 68 of Sac City, IA, will be at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sac City with Father Joe Dillinger officiating. Burial will be in the Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter, IA. Rosary will be prayed at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, with Visitation to follow until 7:00 p.m. at Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City. Gordon passed away at CHI Midlands Hospital in Papillion, NE, on December 31, 2023.
  Gordon Mooney, age 68 of Sac City, IA, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2023, at CHI Midlands Hospital in Papillion, NE. Gordon William Mooney was born on April 11, 1955, to parents Kenneth and Marie (Ohden) Mooney in Carroll, IA. He grew up on a farm just north of Sac City and attended the Sac City Community School District. Gordon graduated from Sac City High School with the class of 1973. 
  Gordon was blessed with twin daughters, Tina and Tracey. 
  On June 25, 1988, Gordon married the love of his life and forever partner, Margaret Jeannette Leeper at the United Methodist Church in Sac City.  The couple renewed their vows ten years later at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sac City. This union was blessed with two more daughters, Kimberly and Kristina. Gordon and Margaret made their home on a farm outside of Sac City. He worked for Williams Mill, was an insurance salesman, and a car salesman over the years. Outside of those occupations, Gordon worked with hogs for area farmers. Most recently he worked as a swine herdsman for Iowa Select from which he retired in 2020. 
  He was a proud American who loved the freedom his country offered and did his part to fight for it. On September 23, 1980, Gordon enlisted in the United States Army. He attended basic training at Ft. Stewart, GA, and was later stationed in Germany. Upon returning home in 1984, Gordon continued his service by joining the Army Reserve. In November of 2003, he was deployed as an active duty serviceman serving in Iraq for all of 2004 with the 443rd Transportation Co. HET Unit out of Great Bend, KS. He was honorably discharged and proudly welcomed home on February 14, 2005. 
  Gordon was a proud father and grandfather. He adored his family and spending time with them brought him the greatest joy. He enjoyed hunting, bowling, playing cards and cribbage, and was a fan of the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons, as well as the Creighton Bluejays, Iowa State Cyclones, and University of Northern Iowa Panthers. He was a quick witted individual who was able to figure things out pretty easily. He enjoyed social interaction and meeting new people. He was a man who small talk came very easily to. 
  Gordon and Margaret went to Arizona for the winter for the first time in 2021. They really enjoyed the time they spent together down there. Gordon always found things to do to keep busy such as helping with the planned state dinners and the monthly yard sales. His newest found passion down there was working in the ceramics shop where he poured molds and prepped the pieces to paint. He also really enjoyed painting different pieces, especially eagles.
  Gordon was very proud of his sobriety and most recently celebrated his thirty-eight year mark. He attended AA and in doing so met many life-long friends. He helped and inspired many individuals through their struggles with addiction over the years.
  A poem Gordon picked out himself titled ‘Just A Simple Soldier’ states: ‘For when countries are in conflict, we go to our soldiers to do their part, to clean up the troubles that the politicians start. If we cannot do him honor, while he’s here to hear the praise, then at least let’s give him honor at the ending of his days. Perhaps just a simple headline in the paper that might say: ‘OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING FOR A SOLDIER DIED TODAY’. Gordon, we will be forever grateful for your service. As a soldier you sacrificed everything in order to help protect the
freedoms we all enjoy. 
  Left to cherish his memory include his wife of thirty-five years, Margaret Mooney of Sac City, IA; children Tina (Clayton) McDivitt and their children of Holland, IA; Tracey (Dave) Dunn and their children of Reinbeck, IA, Kimberly (Bret) Hunter and granddaughter Madeleine of Papillion, NE, and Kristina (Derek) Price of Cedar Falls, IA; brother David (Donna) Mooney of Sachse, TX; aunt Myra McQuiston; niece Denise (Travis) McRoberts;  and many other extended family and friends.
  Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Marie Mooney; parents-in-law Jess and Dolores Leeper; and numerous aunts,
uncles, and cousins.


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Mass of Christian Burial
9:30 a.m., Thursday
January 11, 2024
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Sac City, Iowa
Father Joe Dillinger
Rosary at 5:00 p.m.
Visitation to follow until 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Iowa Veterans Cemetery
Van Meter, Iowa


Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 7:53 AM
“My utmost condolences for a brother-in-arms. Fare thee well and may God keep you friend. You were a rough and tumble soldier with a kind heart. Thanks for serving alongside in the 443rd Iraq. My prayers go out to the Mooney family. ”
- Brian Hatcher
Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 9:03 AM
“I was friends with Godon though his wife's family. Everytime we would see each other in the store it seemed like that 20 minute conversation holing up customers in the isle. You will be missed my friend. My condolences too the family. ”
- Dale Liska
Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 9:04 AM
“Gordie, was one of my roommates at Hawkeye Tech in Waterloo. The one thing that I will remember the most was his caring for other people. I guess we will have to wait until I see him again to take the fishing trip we always talked about! Love you man. ”
Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 9:03 AM
“In the arms of angels your hero shall fly. ”
- Peggy Dettmann
Monday, January 8, 2024 at 4:32 PM
“Margaret, I am so saddened to hear of Gordon's passing. Hold tight to your many memories. '”
- Anne and Lynn Vilhauer
Monday, January 8, 2024 at 4:32 PM
“Gordon was an outstanding Soldier. I was his Platoon Leader during our Iraq tour in January 2004 to January 2005. Gordon was one of those Soldiers that you could count on to get things done. I appreciate His service to our Country and give my condolences to His Family and Friends who knew him best. RIP Gordon!”
- Shane Welsh
Sunday, January 7, 2024 at 3:52 PM
“Ed and I enjoyed talking to Gordon at the last two Class of 1973 reunions. This year we laughed, told some jokes and watched the Iowa State/Iowa game. I'm so glad I had that time with him. He was always kind and respectful in all the years I knew him. And we shared April birthdays along with so many classmates who were born that month. You will be missed. Rest in peace. ”
- Jane Hokanson Hawks
Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 9:52 PM
“Margaret and family, I was so sorry to hear about Gordon. We've lost another good one from our neighborhood. Your family will be in my prayers. ”
- Mary (Mueggenberg) Stilwell
Friday, January 5, 2024 at 9:20 AM
“Our paths will cross at Fiddlers Green. King of Battle RIP”
- Jack Hanson
Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 8:32 PM
“Margaret, I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Gordon. Gordon was a wonderful guy. We had so many great road trips to Fort Dodge back in our earlier days of sobriety. I'll always remember how kind he was. My deepest condolences to you and your family. ”
- Debra Alexa Beacom
Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 3:37 PM
“Sorry to hear of Gordon's passing. There are not many Ohden's left and his Mother was a cousin of my husband Albert Ohden Gods blessing on your families Cherish the memories you have made. ”
- Shirley Ohden
Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 1:00 PM
“I served with Gordon in A Battery 3/14th Field Artillery, Sac City Iowa. He was a great soldier and Non Commissioned Officer. I can so clearly remember his smile. Together with our Chaplin he would help orchestrate AA meetings for other recovering soldiers when away from home. What a great unselfish person. May God bless him and his family.”
- Andrew Pearson
Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 9:55 AM
“Sending our prayers for peace and wisdom at this time of sorrow. Remember Gordon as our neighbor to the north and never forget his quiet strength. God Bless.”
- Brian Fort
Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 7:55 AM
“Geez Gordon, we sure will miss you down here. Thank you for creating such a stunning life with Margaret, and thank you for creating an amazing family to carry your legacy forever. And finally, thanks for your care and support, you are a treasure. Rest in peace! ”
- Stephanie Blum
Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 7:55 AM
“So sorry to hear of the loss of Gordon Sending heartfelt condolences to his wife , children and brother .”
- Jean Rexroat
Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 2:39 PM
“Our sympathy to Margaret, Kim, Kristina & your family. May your precious memories help ease your pain at this difficult time! Sending hugs & continued prayers!! 💔😓🙏🙏”
- Jan & Bill Engler
Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 1:07 PM
“Rest in Peace long time friend. Knew them before they married and spent some long weekends with the both of them. Prayers and hugs to Margaret and her family.”
- Jerry & Mary Tannehilli
Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 8:53 AM
“I am praying for comfort and ease to the family and friends. He was a kind and thoughtful man who will be missed.”
- Tim Baker
Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 7:10 AM
“Rest in peace my friend. A good guy who made everyone better for meeting you!! Till we all get together on the Resurrection day. God bless you. ”
- Kevin Koster
Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 7:09 AM
“I served with Gordon in 2004 with Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sorry to hear about this loss. I want to send love and sincerity to the family during this time. ”
- Bryce Parker
Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 7:09 AM
“I served with him in the 482nd and 443rd. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. He will be sorely missed by all.”
- Michael Anderson
Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 7:09 AM
“We are so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family.”
- Mike and Rhonda Vauble
Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 7:09 AM
“Sorry to hear about your loss. Spent many hours with him when we were in the artillery at Sac. He was always fun to be with, no matter how cold or muddy we were.”
- Denis Schulte
Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 7:08 AM
“Thoughts and prayers until Valhalla my brother it was an honor to serve with you ”
- Linda Bair
Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 3:53 PM
“My Condolences to the Family.. RIP Buddy. You were a GREAT SOLDIER to Serve with”
- Dennis Beymer
Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 3:40 PM
“He had so much passion for life and a will to help so many people. His knowledge of everything made you stop and listen. Gordon, you were an inspiration. My heart goes out to the family. ”
- Deb Honig
Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 2:41 PM
“I served with Gordon in 443rd TC Hett in Iraq in 2004. He was a great soldier and always had amazing wisdom for younger soldiers to learn. I was deeply saddened to hear He passed. I am praying for your family.”
- Jared Woody
Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 1:52 PM
“Rob and I are so sorry to hear of Gordon's passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Pam and Rob Wise
Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 1:13 PM
“So sorry for your loss. Such a nice, caring, hardworking man. My deepest sympathies to all his family ”
- Cindy Williams
Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 12:07 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Gordon's passing. He was a very kind person. ”
- Rose Harjes
Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 12:07 PM
“I served with Mooney in the 482nd Transportation Company in Sac City, Iowa. He was there when I was coming up as a young soldier. I remember he had kind of a quiet way of walking around and could sneak up on a person, but he was never looking for faults. More likely he was watching what I was doing so he could explain something I needed to know, teach me something, or show me how to do something better. He and many of the sergeants would stand around telling funny stories about the artillery days and their, let's say "shenanigans", from their ATs and other trainings. Wish I'd kept in touch because he was one of my favorite guys to soldier with. ”
- Kristin Daniel-Woodvine
Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 10:04 AM
“Gordon was a good friend and an excellent soldier,,,,,He will be greatly missed.........”
- Bill Croghan
Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 9:22 AM
“It was very sad to hear of Gordon's passing! My deepest sympathy to Margaret and family!”
- Nancy Cornelius
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