Wallace Victor "Bud" Moll Jr., 65, of Franklin, ran into the arms of Jesus on Oct. 17, 2021 after unexpected complications from battling a long illness. He was surrounded and held by his wife and daughters, who were with him in his final days and moments on Earth and who look forward to spending eternity with him in heaven. Until the end, he was proclaiming his love for Jesus, his family and his friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Wallace Victor Moll Sr. and Barbara Stratiff Moll of Lewiston, New York.
He is survived by his wife, Angela Jones Moll; daughters Presley Jean Moll and Peyton Wallis Moll; and siblings Deby Lexow (Paul) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Sara Peterson (Craig) of Cortlandt Manor, New York, and Andrew Moll (Johanna) of Waller, Texas. He was "Unkster" to his many nieces, nephew and great-nieces and nephews, including Laura Thomason (Paul) of Youngstown, New York, Kimberly Lexow of Atlanta, Allison Smalberger (Ovi) of Chicago, Kyle Peterson (Emily) of Manhattan, New York, Katie Murphy (Dan) of Brooklyn, New York, Taylor Elia of Lockport, New York, Jacob Thomason of Salem, Massachusetts, as well as Michael, Mia and Siena Smalberger of Chicago.
Bud is also survived by a German shorthaired pointer and blue healer mix named Oreo, who is missing her best buddy.
Bud loved to play baseball in the backyard with his daughters. He also enjoyed traveling, snow skiing, hanging out at the beach, golfing and riding horses with his wife and daughters. He could always be found attending his children’s various presentations, dance recitals and swim meets. He loved to play chess with his daughters. He was an involved and loving husband and father.
Bud was a member of Brentwood Baptist Church. Special appreciation goes out to the men at "The Barn" at Grace Chapel for mentoring, praying with and over Bud to bind disease, break strongholds and deepen his relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as well as his family. Ezekiel 37:14
A longtime commercial real estate enthusiast, Bud was a partner at New Paradigm and executive vice president of dining, entertainment, retail leasing and operations at Blue Mist Mountain Resort, where he was elated over this newest project. After decades in the same industry, Bud thought of his colleagues less as business associates and more like close, personal friends.
He was a graduate of Lewiston Porter High School in Lewiston, New York, following with a bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University, where he was a well-respected member of the Delta Xi Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity. The brotherhood is heartbroken at his passing. Bud also received an MBA from Marquette University.
Bud was a Buffalo Bills fan since before birth, never missed a game whether in person or in spirit, and believed 100% that OJ was innocent.
Special thanks to Samaritan Ministries, CHIPSA in Tijuana, Hope for Cancer in Cancun and, most recently and especially, Williams Cancer Institute and DioMed Hospital in Mexico City for the most amazing medical, emotional and personal care shown to our family. Whether it was the hospital, the cancer wing, the hotel, local restaurants or the place he got his hair cut, Bud was known and loved by the beautiful people of Mexico City who mourn with us over their amigo who was like familia to them. Everyone there knew him and loved him.
When Bud took his final breath on Earth to meet Jesus and his pre-born child lost to miscarriage, he was praising the Lord, listening to Christ-honoring music and a sermon proclaiming God’s grace and His overcoming power. He was being held by and speaking words of love with his wife and daughters until the final moments. He loved and was loved. The most important thing that Bud would want his loved ones to know is that no matter what, even if you think you don't deserve it, Jesus loves you very much and with Him all things are possible. John 3:16, Matthew 19:26.
There will be a celebration of life service Saturday, Oct. 30 at 4 p.m. at Grace Chapel on Southall Road in Franklin.
In Bud's honor, please donate blood and platelets now and often. His favorite charities were the Special Olympics, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the Williams Cancer Foundation, which allows others to receive the amazing care he received at Williams Cancer Institute.