Jim was born on April 18, 1943, in Bay City, Michigan, to Frederick and Irma Moeller. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1965 and the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1969. He completed his D.O. internship at the Osteopathic General Hospital in North Miami Beach, Florida, and his M.D. internship at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He completed his Radiology Residency at University Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology in Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology with Special Competence in Nuclear Medicine.
Jim practiced medicine in Florida, Wyoming, Guam, and numerous states as a locum tenens.
Jim married the former Jeanne Staggs on June 14, 1969. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Stefanie.
Jim was incredibly active and loved to swim, bike, run, water ski, snow ski, play racquetball, golf, play basketball, and participate in virtually every other sport and activity. He was a certified scuba diver and an accomplished pilot. He held a great appreciation for the arts, especially folk music, classical music, and Broadway musicals.
During his time in Wyoming, he often went fishing, and treated many friends and family to white water rafting trips along the Shoshone River. He enjoyed the company of his many friends and family, especially his five grandchildren. He was a devoted friend and a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Above all else, though, Jim was a witness for Jesus Christ. He shared God’s love with everyone he met, through both his words and his deeds.
Throughout his years, he was actively involved in the Cursillo and Walk to Emmaus movements. He served faithfully in the local church in worship, choir, and leadership positions and was actively involved in various Bible studies and men’s groups.
He also had a strong heart for missions, completing many short-term medical and service mission trips around the globe. He built a long relationship with Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya, through World Gospel Mission, doing much work on site and behind the scenes to develop their radiology department. He was always ready to give and help and every friend and family member has a story about his faith. “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).
Jim is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jeanne; his daughter Jennifer Moeller Lechner, her husband Steve, and their children Grace and Abera of Raleigh, North Carolina; and his daughter Stefanie Moeller Horton, her husband Mike, and their children Tyler, Bridger, and Katie of Billings, Montana. Other surviving family include his sister-in-law, Maria Moeller; his niece Laura (Moeller) Coe, her husband Charlie and their children; his niece Julie (Moeller) Martinelli, her husband Chris and their children; his father-in-law, F.L. Staggs; his brother-in-law, Rod Staggs, and his wife Rhonda; his niece Shayna (Staggs) Bahr, her husband Craig, and their children; and his niece Shelby (Staggs) Applegate, her husband Jim, and their children.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Tenwek Hospital, Bomet, Kenya to continue Jim’s work. The Tenwek Hospital accepts donations through its website, www.tenwekhospital.org.