Longtime Marshall educator Lon Moon dies

MARSHALL — How many Marshall students had Mr. Moon for a teacher?

Lon Moon taught at Marshall Middle School from 1969 to 1979, then at Southwest Minnesota State University from 1979 to 1981. He then taught fifth grade at East Side and Park Side for 20 years.

Moon died Thursday at age 77.

Fellow elementary teacher Mark Schwanebeck, who is a retired history teacher, worked with Moon, who taught language arts.

“He was a good man to work with,” said Schwanebeck. “We worked side by side for 20 years. He was a great co-worker. We had such fun. We both loved our jobs. We had wonderful careers. He was such a professional. We worked together at East Side and then when Park Side got built we moved there. It was a fun experience working in a new building.”

In addition to education, Moon’s faith was important to him. He and his wife, Robin, were longtime members of Albright United Methodist Church until it combined with Wesley United to make Cornerstone.

Dennis Schroeder of Marshall first met the Moons back in 1973 at Albright.

“We sang in the choir together and we were youth group leaders when our children were young,” Schroeder said.

Moon and Schroeder also sang in the Gospel 4 traveling quartet.

“We traveled throughout Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota,” Schroeder said. “It was a wonderful experience.”

Schroeder remembers a special project of Moon’s, about grandparenting, that he presented to the board.

“He was involved in many of the educational aspects in the church,” said Schroeder.

He served in many roles including both youth and adult education, youth leader, Wednesday morning Bible study, and served on various committees and council positions.

Schwanebeck remembers marveling at Moon’s grammar and handwriting.

“It was absolutely perfect,” he said. “His handwriting was from the Palmer Method.”

Schwanbeck said Moon was a fellow antiquer.

“We both loved antiques,” he said.

Moon, a Tracy native, was raised near Hendricks and attended a country school before graduating from Hendricks High School. He attended college in Madison, S.D., at Beadle State College and also Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa.

Moon is survived by Robin and their two daughters, Joanna and Sarah and four grandchildren. His funeral is at 11 a.m. Friday at Cornerstone United Methodist Church.