James R. Moody
Appleton — James Russell Moody, 77, of Appleton, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at his home in Appleton surrounded by his family.
Born in Camden Feb. 27, 1936, he was the son of Jay H. and Izora May (Batchelder) Moody and was Camden High School graduate Class of 1954. He married Arlene Charlotte Grey April 11, 1956 in Camden-Rockport.
Jim’s early employment included the Public Works Department for the Town of Camden where he was director foreman; working for his brother Dick Moody at Sea View Esso Station in Camden; and at the age of 25 went to work for Lester Gross which later became L.O. Gross & Son where he worked for many years.
He was a member of the Camden Fire Department from 1958 to 1976 and was a longtime member and supporter of the Knox County Fish & Game Association. Jim’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, and helping his family, neighbors, and friends with any projects that needed an extra hand. Jim was especially pleased when one of his boys would ask for his advice on their projects. He was always willing to spend time helping the boy scouts learn new skills. The most recent family project was building a ramp so Jim could realize his goal of returning home. He had a natural mechanical and building ability from a young age and built his home in Appleton in 1986, several 14-foot wood runabout boats, furniture, and hunting knives. For the past four years he has been a very devoted caregiver for his beloved wife Arlene.
Surviving is his wife, Arlene Grey Moody of Appleton; four sons, David Moody and his wife, Paula of Rockport; Wayne Moody and his wife Amy of Warren; Larry Moody and his wife Anissa of Montville; and Kevin Moody of Appleton; 11 grandchildren, Kate Marchessault and her husband David of Thomaston; Brian Moody of Hope; Crista Moody of Waldoboro; Amanda Poland of Cushing; Janelle Blake of Union; Kyle Moody; Brandon Moody and his wife, Allison, all of Appleton; and Casey Gammon of Warren; Tobey Moody of Hope; Josh Moody of Westbrook; Erik Moody of Auburn; 14 great-grandchildren: Brady and Alayna Marchessault of Thomaston, Mason Moody; Sydney and Ethan Moody all of Hope; Blane and Dylan Poland of Cushing; Alli Marie Moody; Brooklyn Moody, all of Appleton; Joshua and Julianna Blake of Union; and Ryder Gammon of Warren; Eli and Cayden Moody of Auburn. He is also survived by a brother Philip Moody of South Hope; two sisters-in-law Judy Dinsmore of Camden and Thelma Dean and her husband Cary of Palermo; and several nieces and nephew including Janet Bennett and her husband Ronnie, who were their neighbors when they lived in Camden
Jim was predeceased by a brother, Richard Moody and his wife, Ruby; and sister, Rose Payson and her husband Lew; and a daughter-in-law, Diane Moody.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden. A graveside service will be held Sunday, NOv. 10, at 2 p.m. at LaSalle Cemetery in Searsmont with the Rev. Ralph Miller officiating.
If desired, memorial gifts may be made to the Knox County Fish & Game Association, P.O. Box 414, Union, ME 04862. Condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Moody family at longfuneralhomecamden.com.