Graveside service for Otto Moulder, 65, of Garrison, will be at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Cold Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Garrison Funeral Home with Ched Spellman and Justin McCorkle officiating.
Otto “Skip” Moulder was born in Houston on September 29, 1955, to parents, Emmitt and Gwen Moulder in Splendora, Texas. He lived in the home of his parents until his retirement.
From an early age Skip showed a tendency to order, consistency, and the ability to design and work with his hands. Once when young his sister snuck into his room and changed the order of his toys. He noticed immediately and was so frustrated at the disruption!
Skip married Alecia Hearnsberger on January 1, 1981, at 25 years old. Together they produced two daughters, Kelly and Leigh Anne. Skip devoted himself to family and was a tender, consistent servant to his daughters. Leigh fondly remembers Skip’s consistency to come home every day to focus on her events and take her to karate. Kelly knew that Skip would be there to play “tiger” and give rides on his back daily.
Skip worked at ExxonMobil for many years as a machinist. During his years there he was offered numerous promotions which Skip was uninterested in taking. He said that moving up would take him away from home too much and bring too much stress.
His machining skills came home with him where he could often be found tinkering in his shop on various projects or ideas. No lawn mower was ever too broken to lose its potential for spare parts.
Skip was most often the only dad who went on field trips with his girls as a chaperone. He would always get stuck taking the boys to the restroom, which he found to be disgusting. However, it was well worth the inconvenience to ensure that his girls were safe. He would later build bonds with many young men who came around to court his daughters. They found an open home, company to watch boxing matches, and a man willing to engage in deep history or just friendly conversations.
Alecia knew that her husband was a man of simple tastes and desires. He was happy to be home with family and wouldn’t even allow Alecia to purchase him new shirts or shoes. He would wear the same shoes until they wore out and would only grudgingly replace them. Despite having the ability to drive what he wanted, it wasn’t until 2016 that he purchased his first new truck at the prodding of his family.
In his final years, he retired to Garrison, Texas and did exactly and only what he wanted to do, making sure to enjoy his retirement. He built a place he loved and wanted to spend his time with the people he loves, especially his grandchildren. He gave himself to hobbies such as remote-control cars in order to indulge his grandson, Jackson.
Skip was taken from his family far too early due to Covid-19. Nevertheless, his tender love, the safety he provided, and his frugal focus on providing for his family ensure that he will continue caring for them all for years to come. No children or grandchildren have ever been more loved than Skip’s.
Skip is survived by his wife, Alecia Moulder; his children, Ched and Leigh Anne Spellman and Justin and Kelly McCorkle; his beloved grandchildren, Hope, Kate, Luke, and Claire Spellman and Jackson, Avy, and Ila McCorkle.
Skip is preceded in death by his parents, Emmitt and Gwen Moulder and his sister, Ella Goines.
Pallbearers for the service will be Justin McCorkle, Ched Spellman, Jackson McCorkle, Jason Squier, John Squier, Vance Vaughn, and Brode Chamberlain.
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